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SLO Blues fall 12-4 to Conejo Oaks in season finale

The San Luis Obispo Blues faced the Conejo Oaks for their final home game.
The San Luis Obispo Blues faced the Conejo Oaks for their final home game. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The San Luis Obispo Blues closed out the 2016 season on a relatively underwhelming note Wednesday night in front of a packed crowd at Sinsheimer Stadium.

The visiting Conejo Oaks jumped out to a six-run lead through the first three innings and cruised to a 12-4 victory on a night when the Blues celebrated their 70th year of existence.

San Luis Obispo finished the season 24-20 overall and placed seventh in the 12-team California Collegiate League with a 16-15 mark.

Former Cuesta College standout RJ Hassey provided the majority of San Luis Obispo’s offense with a two-run single in the third. The Blues would manage one hit over their next 21 at-bats, and Harley Faye’s RBI double with one out in the ninth brought the score to its final margin.

“We grew as a team,” Hassey said of the up-and-down summer. “A lot of summer ball is to grow as a person, grow as a player and I think we did a good job with that.”

San Luis Obispo struggled defensively throughout the game, committing five errors and the playoff-bound Oaks (26-17, 21-15 CCL) took advantage en route to their fifth consecutive victory.

Leadoff hitter Jake Arledge went 5 for 6 — one less hit than the Blues combined — and was one of four Conejo players with at least three hits.

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