SLO Blues Kick-Off 2017 with a 6-1 Start

Updated: June 4, 2017

How do I know summer is really here? It’s usually when the SLO Blues kick-off their home schedule. 

This season is already two weeks old for the Blues, who have started the season 6-1 after their Sunday afternoon win over the SoCal Halos. 

Cooper Benson looked good on Saturday night. By Owen Main

The Blues schedule includes 36 home games throughout the summer. Two of those are fireworks games. This week, the team takes to the road for the first time this year against the Conejo Oaks. Over the weekend, they’ll return home to play three against the San Francisco Seals Friday through Sunday. 

The first fireworks game is July 3rd and the final one is July 21st. Tickets are just $8 and children 12 and under are free. 

Local as they come

With players still coming in from all over the country, the Blues often have to use some talented local players and this year is no different. Junior (high school junior) left-handed pitcher Cooper Benson, an Arizona State commit, started for the Blues on Saturday night and looked solid against an all-star team from the local men’s league. 

Other local players have joined or will join the club as soon as school is over. Some local players include Dan Beavers (RHP, Morro Bay High School, Chico State), Renn Duncan (C, Mission Prep, Westmont), Andy Garretson (1B, Templeton High School, Cal State San Marcos), Nathaniel Javine (C, Atascadero High School, Oregon Tech), Jeremy Jess (RHP, San Luis Obispo High School, Pomona-Pitzer), Mac Lardner (LHP, Templeton High School, Gonzaga), Jake Niezen (RHP, San Luis Obispo High School, Western Carolina), and Robbie Silva (1B, Arroyo Grande High School, San Francisco State). 

Part-time local players include Benson (SLO High School), Steven Chippman (Cuesta), Noah Cracknell (SLO High School), Connor Maydole (IF/C, SLO High School, Cal State Monterey Bay), Marco Murillo (P/IF, SLO High School, Lewis and Clark), Nick Pagan (Cuesta), Hunter Reade (Cuesta), and Justin Wear (Cuesta).

Cal Poly players include catcher Myles Emmerson, pitchers Craig Colen, Austin Dondanville and Bobby Ay, and incoming freshman infielder Tate Samuelson from Serra high school in San Diego. Current Mustangs will start playing summer ball once their school year ends with finals the week of June 12th.

Photos by Owen Main. For more photos, click here