Corey Onaga hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to pave the way for a dramatic Arroyo Grande High PAC 7 baseball win over Paso Robles on Tuesday.
Lucas Kephart walked with two outs to set up Onaga’s winning home run and the Eagles’ 3-1 victory.
“I was thinking we were going to go longer than eight,” Arroyo Grande coach Jim Wysong said. “(Corey) had an 0-1 count and the next pitch was over the left-field fence.”
Both team’s starting pitchers went the distance.
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Todd Simko scattered five hits, walked three, hit two batters and threw one wild pitch for Arroyo Grande (5-5, 7-11 PAC 7). John Brehm pitched all eight for Paso Robles.
Brett Wise led the Bearcats (8-11, 4-6) at the plate with a pair of doubles.
Atascadero 3, Pioneer Valley 2
Stuart Brownlee went the distance for Atascadero (13-5, 7-3 PAC 7) and picked up the win after allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks.
The Greyhounds trailed the Panthers 2-1 heading into the top of the seventh and scored twice to take the lead and the win.
Austin Cunningham and Tim Purdin both went 2 for 4 for Atascadero. Teammate Louis Coppo was 1 for 3 with a stolen base and two runs scored.
Righetti 11, San Luis Obispo 7
The Tigers let an early six run lead slip from their grasp as Righetti scored once in the fourth and six times in the fifth to rally for the PAC 7 victory.
Dan Howell was the only player for San Luis Obispo (11-10) to drive in runs (two). The Tigers’ five other runs came via walks with the bases loaded.
Santa Ynez 5, Morro Bay 1
Jacob Petersen went 3 for 3 for Morro Bay (7-9, 3-3 Los Padres League), but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates were kept quiet by Santa Ynez pitcher Todd Whitmore.
Morro Bay trailed early, yielding four runs in the bottom of the first and couldn’t recover.
Coast Union 8, North County Christian 4
TJ Nelson improved to 5-0 as Coast Union (9-10) defeated North County Christian (8-8) in nonleague action.
Nelson allowed two runs in the first and sixth innings but largely kept the Crusaders’ bats at bay.
Jordan Benedict led North County Christian with a 1-for-3 performance. Benedict also scored a run and had two RBI.
Clay Fiscalini was Coast Union’s top hitter, going 1 for 3 with a bases-loaded triple in the fourth inning.