Prep Baseball: Atascadero splits twice at its own tournament

Morro Bay holds off Atascadero to pick up 11-9 victory

sports@thetribunenews.comApril 2, 2013 

The Atascadero High baseball team split two games at the Atascadero Easter Tournament on Tuesday, rallying for a 6-5 win over El Segundo before falling 11-9 in a wild game against Morro Bay.

El Segundo scored five runs in the second inning, but the Greyhounds answered with five of their own in the fourth to tie the score.

In the bottom of the sixth, Joe Johnson drove in pinch-runner Dylan Casebolt with an RBI single to win it for Atascadero.

Brian Kirkpatrick went the distance in the win for the Greyhounds, giving up five runs on 12 hits while striking out three.

Kirkpatrick added a two-run single in the fifth inning.

In the nightcap, Atascadero trailed the Pirates 11-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning before nearly pulling off their second comeback win of the day, scoring eight runs and leaving the tying run at the plate to end the game.

Colt Caravalho earned the win for Morro Bay, giving up one run on four hits and striking out three in six innings. The Pirates used four pitchers in the bottom of the seventh. 

Caravalho was also 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs.

Connor McQuaid-Pishione was 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI, and Tristan Brown had an RBI triple in the seventh for the Pirates.

Zach Austin paced the Greyhounds, going 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI, Kirkpatrick was 

2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored and Ethan Hicks had a pinch-hit, three-run double in the seventh inning.

Morro Bay will play Santa Ynez at 1 p.m. in the fifth-place game today, and Atascadero will face Rim of the World at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, Nipomo fell to El Segundo 10-5, falling to 2-1 in the tournament.

Tommy Saenz was 2 for 2 and Robby Cano was 1 for 3 with a double and two RBI for the Titans (7-7).

Paso Robles 3, Merced Golden Valley 0

Paul Anderson went the distance for the Bearcats at the Righetti Tournament in Santa Maria.

Anderson gave up three hits, struck out three and walked none.

Bailey Gaither was 1 for 3 with two runs, and Matt Keller added two RBI for the Bearcats (3-5).

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