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.
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“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.