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BLUES TEAM UP WITH SLO COUNTY APCD
TO PROVIDE TEDDY BEARS TO KIDS AT
SIERRA VISTA'S EMERGENCY ROOM
(COURTESY OF KSBY)
The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and the SLO Blues Baseball Organization partnered up to make hospital visits easier for young kids.
For every double play the SLO Blues turned, SLO Air Pollution Control District donated two teddy bears to Sierra Vista's Emergency Room.
"I think it gives them something else to hold on to," said Blues General Manager Adam Stowe. "It calms their nerves a little bit and probably helps their treatment along a little bit."
This past season, the Blues completed 37 double plays and donated one bear for every five sold at their games. This brought the total number of teddy bears donated to 80.
The bears were given to patients between the ages of three and 12.
This is the second year the organizations have teamed up. Unfortunately this year they did not get as many bears as last year, but there is always next season which begins May 2017.
NEW HEAD COACH!!
Dan Marple to Lead Blues into Next Era
San Luis Obispo, CA, August 22, 2016: San Luis Obispo Blues General Manager announced today the hiring of Dan Marple as the new Blues Head Coach and Director of Baseball Operations.
Marple, a California native, began his coaching career at Cuesta College in 1979. He was an assistant coach at Templeton high school for ten years and most recently coached baseball for the North County Indians, a semi-professional baseball team, from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to a 26 year career with the California Highway Patrol, where he served Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, Marple’s baseball career began as a player for Huenemee High School where he was named to 1st team All-CIF as a senior in 1971. Later that year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, but chose to attend Cal Poly on a baseball scholarship instead.
After an MVP sophomore season for the Mustangs, Marple was again drafted by the Orioles organization where he spent three years playing professional baseball; reaching as high as AA with O’s. Upon his release, Marple returned to Cal Poly and completed his degree in Journalism.
In 2016, the San Luis Obispo Blues saw the mid-season departure of Jamie Clark as Head Coach. The organization decided to move quickly in the pursuit of Marple. “Dan has always been high on our list,” said General Manager Adam Stowe. “He’s local and has ample experience in baseball, but most of all he cares about his players. All of those attributes are extremely important to us,” he added. We’re truly honored to have a gentleman of his caliber leading us into the 2017 campaign.”
Marple currently resides in Paso Robles, CA, with his wife, Susan, of twenty-seven years. They have two sons and two daughters. Both sons played collegiate baseball and one went on to play in the Phillies Organization for 6 years in the minor league system.
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San Luis Obispo took down the Ventura Halos, 7-1, in CCL play on Tuesday night at Sinsheimer Park.
An absolutely dominating pitching performance from Blues starter Korey Anderson was the real difference in the game. At one point the right handed had retired 14 straight hitters, including streaks of five straight strike outs and later a streak of four straight strikeouts, all four looking. A four run inning also helped aid the Blues to a commanding victory, all four runs in the inning came with two outs. A bases clearing triple from Holden Morris proved to be the biggest hit in the game from either side.
The Blues improve to 24-19 overall and now 16-14 in CCL play. The Ventura Halos will drop to 20-22, 12-22 CCL following the loss.
Aside from the outstanding start from Korey Anderson, the offensive player of the game went to Holden Morris. The UPenn product finished 3-4, scoring twice and driving in a game high five runs. Blues second baseman Connor Newell also finished with a multi hit night going with a run scored and dazzling plays defensively. The line on starter Korey Anderson is spectacular, he worked seven complete innings of one run baseball giving up just two hits while striking out nine in the game. His nine strike outs all came in streaks, at one point threw 22 straight strikes and after a one out single in the second inning, the Halos did not have a base runner until a lead off walk in the seventh inning against Anderson. The Blues had to use just two pitchers on the night, reliever Joe Linehard went two complete giving up just one hit and striking out three.
Tuesday nights game started as a good old fashioned pitchers duel as Addison Pelupessy matche Anderson pitch for pitch and was able to keep the Blues off the board until an RBI infield single from Garrett Dodd got the scoring started, the run was unearned. The Blues then had bases loaded with two outs and Holden Morris at the plate, Morris got a 2-1 pitch up in the zone and did not miss it. He hammered a ball to dead center field, the deepest part of the yard and cleared the bases on a three RBI triple, his second triple of the season. They added insurance with the very next hitter as Johnson tacked one more on while reaching on an error and Morris coming in to score the second unearned run of the game. Ventura got their first run of the game in the top of the seventh but the lead would continue to grow for SLO, they scored twice more in the bottom of the eighth and led it 7-1 heading to the ninth. Linehard got the final three outs to end the game, giving Korey Anderson his team best fifth win of the season and now 5-2 while Addison Pelupessy will take the loss and now 2-3 on the season.
Ventura finished with just three hits for the night but right fielder Derek Rodigo had himself the best night offensively for the Halos. Rodigo finished with two hits and going 2-4 in the game. Catcher, Devan Peterson did not have a hit in the game but did walk a team high three times finishing 0-1 in the game. Addison Pelupessy will take the loss but threw the ball well for the visiting Halos. He went six complete innings, gave up eight hits, five runs, just three of them earned while also striking out and walking three in the game.
With the Blues still right in the mix for the final playoff spot they entered the night needing a win and Conejo loss to stay alive. The Blues did their part but didn't get much help, Conejo took down the So Cal Catch 19-4 which officially will eliminate the Blues from the playoff picture with just one game remaining. The Blues give a heck of an effort to try and make the CCL tournament but fall just short and will have one game left at Sinsheimer. Come out and support your hometown Blues for the final time tomorrow night in the season finale against the Conejo Oaks, first pitch scheduled for 6:00PM. With the win, SLO will officially be able to finish above .500 on the season and a strong finish to a roller coaster of a season. Can't make the game, join our live stream one final time at.
The San Luis Obispo Blues fell to the Santa Barbara Foresters, 12-1, in CCL play on Sunday afternoon on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
The Foresters struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, twice in the game they sent nine hitters to the plate, in the fourth and sixth innings. In each of these two innings they scored five runs to make things lopsided early against the Blues. After just six innings of play SB was in total control and leading 12-0 over the Blues. Santa Barbara out hit SLO for the game, 14 to six.
The Blues drop to 23-19 overall and 15-14 in CCL play. Santa Barbara will improve to 27-14, 20-12 CCL following Sunday's win. The Foresters also clinch the central division title with the win over SLO.
Not many bright spots in this one for the Blues, they had just six hits in the game and no player with more than one in the lineup. Although, one of those six hits was a solo home run to deep left field off the bat of All-Star third baseman, Harrison Bragg. For Bragg it was his second home run of the season, it came off ex Blues pitcher, Jackson Sigman in the top of the seventh inning. The Blues best arm used in the game was the third and final pitcher used, Jon Nicholson went 2.1 innings of shut out baseball giving up just one hit and striking out four at the plate.
The scoring got started early for SB, they scored two in the bottom of the second to lead it 2-0 after just two innings. Blues starter, Matt Mogollon would then strike out the side in order in the third before getting roughed up and taken out in the fourth. The Foresters would then hit around in the order as they sent nine men to the plate in the fourth and sixth innings and put this one out of reach early in the game. The Blues didn't help themselves out much, they committed three errors on the afternoon. They weren't just errors that the Blues could push aside or pitch around either, they were instead costly errors that also helped lead to three unearned runs in the game for SB. In the two innings the Foresters sent nine men to the plate, they also score five runs each in both those innings and the Blues just had no answer for the would be, central division champions. Matt Mogollon will take the loss for SLO while the win will go to the Santa Barbara ace, Connor Mays.
The Foresters had themselves quite the day at the plate, they had 14 hits on the afternoon, scoring 12 runs and also drawing four walks for the game against Blues pitching. Five different Foresters had multi hit games with four of those five racking up three hit games. Third year Forester and Texas Longhorn, Bret Boswell finished 2-5 including a home run, three RBI's and two runs scored. Lead off hitter, Matt Henderson, Lex Kaplan, Trevor Abrams and Hunter Stovall all had three hit games at the plate. For Stovall, the second basemen finished 3-3 scored three runs, walked once and also drove in a pair of runs for the game. The winning pitcher in the game, starter, Connor Mays went five complete innings giving up just three hits, a walk and striking out two. The SB bullpen went the final four innings of the game giving up just one run on three hits while striking out five.
Next up for SLO, Monday will be an off day while Tuesday and Wednesday will wrap up the final two games of the season. Both games will take place at home, at Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo. The Blues will welcome the Ventura Halos to town Tuesday night with first pitch set for 6:00 PM. As it stands now, the Blues sit a full game behind Conejo for the fourth and final playoff spot for the CCL tournament with just two games remaining, the tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday at the MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Time is running out to catch a Blues game live, if unable to join us at the game, don't miss a pitch and follow along at. Go Blues!
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