With a 10-2 Western State Conference-North Division win at Ventura College on Tuesday, Cuesta College all but locked up the second slot in the league baseball standings.
Phillip Gerber pitched a complete game, and the Cougars (21-14, 13-8 WSC-N) collected 11 hits en route to solidifying their spot in the division over Allan Hancock.
Former San Luis Obispo High star Davey Schultz led the offensive onslaught, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Michael Camporeale also tallied three hits, including a double while scoring once and getting an RBI.
Alex Detz, a Mission Prep grad, had two hits, and LeBronze Sanderson had a double with two RBI and two runs scored.
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The Cougars will play their final regular-season game Thursday at home against Ventura. In the event that Cuesta and Hancock tie in the standings, the Cougars hold the tiebreaker.
Cuesta softball team ends season with win
The Cuesta College softball closed out its season team with a convincing win, outhitting visiting Moorpark 13-2 during a run-ruled 8-0 victory in five innings.
Liz Isaak (9-12) pitched a two-hitter, collecting 10 strikeouts. She didn’t walk any of the 17 batters she faced. Isaak also went 3 for 3 with a double for the Cougars, who finished the year 13-27 overall and 8-10 in the North Division of the WSC.
Former Atascadero High standout Ashley Dooley was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Cuesta. Teammates Karen Berna and Kelly Lockwood each added two-run doubles in the win, which took just under an hour-and-a-half to complete.
Cuesta finished in fifth place in the conference standings.
Valine honored by her conference
Hawaii Pacific senior pitcher Ashley Valine, a former San Luis Obispo High softball star, was named the Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Valine helped lead the Sea Warriors, the defending Division II national champions, to a 3-0 record this past week. She had a 2.14 ERA in 161⁄3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.