Arroyo Grande High softball pitcher Jill Compton and San Luis Obispo’s Andrea Reynolds put on a battle for the ages, striking out a combined 41 batters in the Eagles’ 1-0, 12-inning home win Tuesday.
Compton (4-1), a sophomore who finished with a school-record 26 strikeouts, has fanned at least 10 batters in every start at the varsity level and has struck out 15 or more in all but one.
Reynolds, a freshman, struck out 15 for the Tigers (6-3, 0-1 PAC 7).
“Compton really impressed me,” Tigers coach Mike Lee said. “She used her rise ball so effectively and kept our hitters off balance. But Andrea Reynolds matched her pitch by pitch, hitter by hitter.”
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The Eagles (6-3, 1-0 PAC 7) didn’t give Compton much help offensively, compiling just four hits, two of which were from Compton.
But San Luis Obispo didn’t fare any better, reaching base just five times.
‘There wasn’t a whole lot of scoring going on out there,” Eagles coach Kristin Ciecek said.
In the bottom of the 12th, Kasie Craig singled in Moriah Vargas to score the game-winning run.
Lee said he expects the PAC 7 to be highly competitive and the quality of pitching and catching in the league is what will likely have the largest effect on its outcome.
“We feel fortunate that our freshman stepped up,” Lee said. “We just threw her into the fire, a freshman starting her first league game on the road and delivered.”
Atascadero 1, Righetti 0, 15 innings
Junior pitcher Jill Johnson went the distance, striking out 17 batters to lead the Greyhounds (13-2, 1-0 PAC 7) to the marathon win over the defending PAC 7 champion.
“She’s been preparing for this game for weeks,” Greyhounds coach Kara Ferrell said. “Her physical ability is obviously there, but her mental toughness, to be able to hold strong for 15 innings, is remarkable.”
In the bottom of the 15th inning, Jessie Hufstetler hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Brigit Godfrey for the win.
Johnson, who was a first-team all-PAC 7 selection a year ago, gave up three hits and didn’t walk any batters. Johnson also added two hits at the plate, as did teammate Laura Gorman.
Pioneer Valley 5, Nipomo 0
Cami Castillo had a triple, and Ruby Navarro had the only other hit for Nipomo (2-5, 0-1 PAC 7).
Paso Robles 18, Mission Prep 0
Amanda Searcy was 3 for 4 with a double and triple with two RBI for Paso Robles (4-6). Alexa Munoz was 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Bearcats.
Templeton 2, Morro Bay 1, 8 innings
Haley Mosher hit two sacrifice fly balls to score sister Sarah Mosher both times from third base for Templeton’s two runs, including the game winner in the eighth.
Kylie Gacad had two hits, one of which was a double for Morro Bay (5-6, 0-1 Los Padres League).
Jane Hunt pitched a one-hitter for Templeton (1-6, 1-0) and had 14 strikeouts.
Candace Milbourne had six strikeouts for Morro Bay, which scored on a wild pitch.
Coastal Christian 11, North County Christian 9
Grace Napier was 3 for 3 with two doubles and five RBI as the Conquerors (3-1, 3-1 Coast Valley League) managed to win despite walking in several North County Christian runs.
Macie Burd and Bonnie Ayers had two hits apiece for Coastal Christian.
San Luis Obispo 5, Pioneer Valley 1
Nick Niles had two hits and an RBI, and David Murillo pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts for San Luis Obispo (2-3, 1-0 PAC 7).
Paso Robles 8, Atascadero 2
Elias Stokes had a double with two RBI for Paso Robles (4-2, 1-0 PAC 7).
Tom Bernal gave up only two runs, one earned for Paso Robles.
Arroyo Grande 13, Cabrillo 6
Glen Lewis was 3 for 3 for Arroyo Grande (4-1) with two doubles and three RBI.
Arroyo Grande’s Eric Simon was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBI, and Clark Goossen added one double and one RBI.
Nipomo 3, Righetti 0
Nipomo (4-1, 1-0 PAC 7) scored all of its runs in the first inning.
Marc Baker gave up three hits and one walk for Nipomo and had six strikeouts.
North County Christian 11, Coast Union 10
Keelan Willison hit the game-winning double for the Crusaders (5-0), driving in Taylor Brard, who had just doubled himself.
Willison was 2 for 4 and had three RBI, and teammate Josh Feld was 2 for 2 with two RBI.
Ryan Hampton and Jake Machado each had two hits for Coast Union (2-5).
Morro Bay 10, Templeton 5
Sam LeBrecque pitched five innings and gave up six hits for Morro Bay (3-4, 1-0 LPL), which came back in the fifth inning to score five runs for the win.
Templeton’s Spencer Walsh hit a homer in the fourth to tie it at 4.
Atascadero 17, Pioneer Valley 1
The Greyhounds (3-2, 2-1 PAC 7) got 3-0 singles sweeps from Devin Barber, Kyle Barber and Austin Alexander, who combined to give up only four games.
In doubles, Connor Sina and Brett Buckingham swept 3-0, while teammates Zac Haskell and Wes Gillette, as well as Danny Street and Stephon Habrit, each added a pair of doubles wins.
Arroyo Grande 13, Righetti 5
Sean Hollister swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 in singles matches for Arroyo Grande (6-2, 3-0 PAC 7).
Eli Whittle swept 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 as well for the Eagles, and Kenji McKinstry added two singles wins.
Paso Robles 17, Nipomo 1
Matthew Pridgeon and Will Stark both swept three sets without dropping a game, and Cooper Austin dropped just one game as the Bearcats (5-2, 2-2 PAC 7) rolled past Nipomo.
Cate 9, San Luis Obispo 9 (77-74 games)
The Tigers (4-6) narrowly lost in games to Cate.
James Campbell and Coco Angulo swept their three singles matches for San Luis Obispo.
“We had lots of chances. It came down to some really close matches, and we are still improving and getting better,” San Luis Obispo coach Ken Peet said.
St. Joseph 11, Templeton 7
Brady Peracca, Matt Murray and Sam Rubin each won two of their three singles sets on the road.
Austin Harrington and Steven Moody was the only doubles team to win a set for Templeton.
San Luis Obispo 3, Laguna Blanca 0
Nick Butier had a team-high 13 kills in San Luis Obispo’s 25-10, 25-15, 25-22 win.
Sam Duvall added seven kills and six aces, and Jeremy Cleere had nine digs for the Tigers.
Paso Robles 3, Nipomo 2
Angel Guevara had 12 digs in a 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 25-27, 15-10 win over Nipomo.
Cheyne Hayes had a game-high 19 kills, and Richard Curl added seven kills for Paso Robles (3-3, 1-1 PAC 7).
Arroyo Grande 3, Santa Ynez 0
Arroyo Grande (2-2, 1-0 PAC 7) swept host Santa Ynez 25-20, 25-21, 25-21.
Kelly Shepard had 14 kills for the Eagles, and Kevin Glass added five.
Glass and Christian Weins had 23 assists each for Arroyo Grande.
Mission Prep 3, Channel Islands 1
John Sansone had a team-high nine kills for Mission Prep in its 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16 win.
Sean Robinson had 30 assists and six digs for the Royals (3-3), and Quinn Tanner had eight blocks.
Arroyo Grande 400, Nipomo 436
Despite Rory Doll being the medalist for Nipomo with a score of 72, the Titans lost to host Arroyo Grande (2-0, 1-0 PAC 7) at Cypress Ridge Golf Course.
Freshmen Mitch Martin had a 73 for the Eagles, and Matt McAustin was third with a 76.
Mission Prep 280, Coast Union 300
The Broncos’ Matt Warren carded a nine-hole team-best 57 in defeat at the Morro Bay Country Club course.