Arroyo Grande High freshman Eli Whittle may have finally exorcised the demons of the Eagles’ boys tennis team once and for all.
After Arroyo Grande erased 26 years of history to beat San Luis Obispo for the PAC 7 title, Whittle beat two Tigers to claim his first individual league championship Friday.
Whittle beat Coco Angulo 6-3, 6-4 in the first semifinal to set up a matchup with San Luis Obispo’s James Campbell in the final.
Campbell advanced with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Whittle’s teammate, Sean Hollister, in the second semifinal.
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After Whittle claimed the first set in a 7-6 (8-6) tiebreaker, Campbell battled back to win the second set 6-4.
But Whittle emphatically closed the show, winning the decisive third set 6-0.
In doubles, Atascadero’s Devin and Kyle Barber continued their dominant run through the league, beating San Luis Obispo’s Robby Milla and Peter Angulo 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
Milla and Angulo, seeded third, knocked off No. 2 seed Evan Lange and Danny Williams of Arroyo Grande in the semifinal while the Barbers dropped just one game in dispatching Vince Rodriguez and Ben Payne of Righetti.
Atascadero 10, Pioneer Valley 3
The Greyhounds (21-5, 9-1 PAC 7) clinched the outright PAC 7 title with the win.
Ashlee Reusche was 3 for 4 with four RBI, and Jessie Hufstetler was 3 for 5 with two RBI for Atascadero.
Katie Agostini, Laura Gorman and Jill Johnson had two hits apiece for the Greyhounds.
Johnson also pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing seven hits to get the win.
Paso Robles 3, Nipomo 2
Jennifer Hernandez was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Kellie Reynolds added a hit, a stolen base and a run scored for Paso Robles (12-12, 6-4), which took sole possession of second place in the PAC 7.
Nipomo’s Courtney Cuzick allowed five hits and no earned runs for Nipomo and was 3 for 4 at the plate.
Tessa Underwood was 2 for 4 for the Titans (8-14, 2-8).
Arroyo Grande 4, Righetti 3
Sydney Gouveia threw six innings in relief to pick up the win, allowing no earned runs and striking out 12.
Kasie Craig had a two-run double for Arroyo Grande (14-11, 5-5), while Jill Compton added two hits.
Arroyo Grande 8, Paso Robles 7
Kyle Raubinger was 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBI. He also struck out four and got the win on the mound for Arroyo Grande (18-6, 10-5 PAC 7).
Gabe Hernandez was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI for the Eagles.
San Luis Obispo 3, Righetti 2
Marco Murillo picked up a complete-game win, scattering eight hits and striking out five.
Dylan Candaele and Conor Mulvaney were both 2 for 3 for the Tigers (12-11-1, 9-6), with Candaele adding a double.
San Luis Obispo will contest a three-game series with Arroyo Grande next week with playoff seeding at stake.
Cabrillo 7, Templeton 0
Cabrillo held a no-hitter until the sixth inning in a shutout over Templeton (6-13, 2-8 LPL).
Spencer Walsh and Daniel Wheeler had the only hits for the Eagles.
Mission Prep 4, St. Joseph 3
Clay Mead was 2 for 3 in Mission Prep’s home win over St. Joseph.
Elijah Balaban struck out five in five innings and walked one for the Royals (11-12).