Already the owner of one no-hitter this season, Arroyo Grande softball pitcher Jill Compton was one out away from recording a perfect game Saturday.
The sophomore sensation had Morro Bay down to its final out before the Pirates got a single to right centerfield by Ciara Ramos in the seventh inning.
Compton still had 18 strikeouts and finished off the 4-0 shutout — which coupled with an earlier 3-0 Arroyo Grande win completed a doubleheader sweep of Morro Bay — and there wasn’t much hoopla about the nearly perfect game.
“No one said anything about it,” Eagles coach Kristin Ciecek said. “We’re usually pretty quiet about that stuff in the dugout. No tension.
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“Jill does a pretty good job of keeping herself relaxed.”
In her first year of varsity softball, Compton is 6-1 for Arroyo Grande (9-3). Katie Brooks (3-2) earned the shutout victory in the first game after giving up just two hits and striking out eight.
Moriah Vargas led the Eagles at the plate in the first game, batting 2 for 3 with an RBI.
San Luis Obispo 14, Santa Maria 0, 5 innings; San Luis Obispo 10, Santa Maria 0, 5 inningsKarina Smyth was 6 for 6 with six runs and four RBI in two games for the Tigers (8-4).
Andrea Reynolds won both games for San Luis Obispo, striking out 14 in six innings of work.Taylor DiLullo had two strikeouts in relief.
Kellie Lewelling was 2 for 3 with four RBI in the first game while Jessica Ybara had two hits in the late game for the Tigers.
Mission Prep 14, Avalon 9; Mission Prep 24, Avalon 3Ally Kersthold hit for the cycle in Mission Prep’s second victory over Avalon in two days. Cat Hall and Kyra Joseph scored four runs each for the Royals.
Hall added a homer for Mission Prep, which hammered out 37 hits over the two games.
The Royals trailed heading into the seventh inning of the first game, but came back to score seven times in the inning.
SWIMMING AND DIVINGArroyo Grande 172.5, Righetti 112.5Eagles sophomore Mia Schachter posted automatic CIF-Southern Section qualifying times in two individual events and contributed to two relay teams that also hit automatic qualifying marks for the first time this season Friday.
Schachter won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 8.33 second and the 100 freestyle in 53.54 seconds.
Schachter also teamed with Mel Johnson, Kim Johnson and Kelly O’Sullivan to win the 200 freestyle relay in a season-best 1:44.30.
Claren Ruth, Katie Sverchek, Schachter and Mel Johnson took the 200 medley relay in 1:55.92.
San Luis Obispo Diving PreviewSan Luis Obispo’s Ethan and Tess Merritt won the boys and girls diving events.
Tess Merritt’s score of 397 was just three points short of All-American consideration.
Atascadero’s Alyssa Floercky was second with 339 points while teammate Allie Keefer was seventh with 303. Both scores were automatic CIF-qualifying scores.
Clarke Andros was seventh on the boys side for Atascadero after scoring 259.
Ethan Merritt’s winning score was not immediately available.
BASEBALLMission Prep 18, Morro Bay 7Matt Howell, Clay Mead and Stephen Fleming all homered for Mission Prep.
Arthur Lane had a game-high four hits for the Royals and Kevin Laird had three hits including two doubles.
Elijah Balaban threw three innings allowing two runs on one hit while striking out three.
Tyler Duclos and Jake Beavers hit a home run each for the Pirates (3-5).
BOY’S TENNIS Coast Union 9, Fowler 0Kyle Reed picked up a narrow 8-7 victory over Zachary Gavorian in singles play, and the Broncos (2-1) moved above .500 with a dominant road win over the Redcats.
Reed and Alex Roper teamed to win their doubles match 8-3, and Roper beat Carter Hiyama 8-4 in singles.
Max Stuczynski had the only 8-0 singles win, but the cousin combo of Jose and Juan Plasencia teamed up to take out their opponents 8-1.
“I’m real pleased at how our program’s progressed in the past couple weeks and our aggressive play,” Coast Union coach Ron Garcia said. “We’ve been much more competitive. We’re starting to win matches that last year, to be frank, we weren’t even competitive in.”