SAN LUIS OBISPO — There was not a single open seat or blade of grass that wasn’t covered by a blanket at Sinsheimer Stadium on Tuesday as the Blues began warming up for their game against the Arroyo Seco Saints. The game sold out because after the 54th out the Blues were setting off fireworks in an early Fourth of July-type celebration.
Each foul ball was pounced on by a swarm of young baseball and softball players and each defensive play were met with a chorus of “oohs” and “awws”. The Blues are off to a bit of a slow start this season at 14-14, but coach Dan Marple says they now have all of their full-time players, including some very talented and experienced guys.
Last week the Blues welcomed Brian Klein, a second baseman, from Texas Tech University. This year Texas Tech played in the College World Series and in their first-round game they upset Florida, who was the favorite to win it all. The second baseman’s impact was quickly felt on Tuesday as he drove in a run on a deep sacrifice fly to give the Blues their first run of the game — and one of only two — and in the third inning he placed a great Javier Baez-style tag on a runner trying to steal second. The throw fell short of the bag and Klein snatched it and fell back on top of the second base bag and applied the tag in time.
The Blues have also added shortstop Dan Stankiewicz from Grand Canyon University whose father, Andy Stankiewicz, played in the majors for seven years with New York, Houston, Montreal and Arizona and now coaches at Grand Canyon University. With Stankiewicz and Klein in the middle of the diamond for the Blues, hitters are hard-pressed to find a gap to squeeze the ball through.
The Blues played the Arroyo Seco Saints on Tuesday and lost 5-2. All of the runs in the game came in the first couple of innings starting with the Saints tallying two runs in the first and the Blues answering.
Jay Charleston and Austin Chastain started off the game with back-to-back singles and were both late scored. One via a sacrifice fly by Klein and the other coming courtesy of a Slade Heggen RBI single.
The Saints took the lead in the third inning and never relinquished it winning 5-2.
The Blues are currently last in the California Collegiate League (4-10) and are 10.5 games behind the Santa Barbara Foresters, who beat the Blues 4-3 on Monday.
The homestand continues for the Blues this weekend including a free concert following the conclusion of Saturday’s game.