The Templeton High baseball team won the Atascadero Easter Tournament championship Wednesday, edging the host Greyhounds 6-5 in the title game.
The Eagles scored two runs in each of the first three innings. While they got just two hits in the first four innings, Templeton (12-7) took advantage of five walks and two hit batters. Atascadero (10-8) also committed three errors in the first inning.
“They are just very fundamentally sound,” Greyhounds coach Paul Teixeira said of the Eagles. “They are very scrappy, enthusiastic, don’t make many mistakes and make you pay for yours.”
Atascadero, which scored three in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth, had runners in scoring position in the seventh inning before Evan Peterson came in and recorded the last out of the game for the Eagles.
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Peterson was named the tournament MVP. Alex Kotheimer and Tyler Kollmann were named to the all-tournament team for Templeton as well.Spencer Macomber pitched 4 2⁄3 innings and helped himself get the win, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Michael Frigon scored twice and had an RBI for Templeton, which also defeated Atascadero 3-0 in March.
Scott Kaul and Spencer Ruggles both went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a double for the Greyhounds, while teammate Michael Baez finished 2 for 4.
Nipomo 3, El Dorado 0
At the Atascadero Easter Tournament, Ryan McNeil had 10 strikeouts in a complete-game win for the Titans over the Cougars of Placerville (15-3), the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up in each of the past two seasons.
McNeil gave up four hits and three walks.
Greg Larson had the key hit for Nipomo with a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Kenton Garl added two hits for the Titans (10-5).
Larson and Marc Baker were chosen to the all-tournament team.
Morro Bay 6, Sierra 2
At the Atascadero Easter Tournament, Keith Evans got the win for the Pirates, striking out four batters and walking three in six innings. He gave up seven hits and one earned run.
Jake Beavers was 3 for 3 with a double and four RBI, and Rico Caravahlo added a 3-for-4, two-double performance for Morro Bay (7-14).
Paso Robles 4, El Rancho 0
Mac Stuart pitched a complete game for the Bearcats, tossing a four-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks.
“He was really consistent,” Paso Robles coach Derek Stroud said. “He stayed strong all game long, and that was good to see in a tight ball game.”
Austin Swank and Scott Plescia were both 2 for 4 for Paso Robles (14-5), with Plescia driving in a run.
The Bearcats will play Maranatha of Pasadena at 10 a.m. today.
Righetti Best of the West Tournament
Atascadero 9, Paso Robles 6, 4 innings
Despite outhitting the Greyhounds 10-5, the Bearcats committed four errors that spelled disaster.
The story of the game was Atascadero hitters getting on base via errors with big hits to follow. The Greyhounds finished with two doubles and a triple.
Jennifer Hernandez was 3 for 3 with a double for Paso Robles (14-9). Both Jenna Wookey and Amanda Searcy were 2 for 2 with a double apiece.
The game only lasted four innings because all games in the tournament were put on an hour-and-a-half time limit.
Cabrillo 9, Morro Bay 3, 5 innings
The Conquistadors piled on nine runs in the first three innings and cruised over the Pirates (9-13). Cabrillo tallied 11 hits.
Madelynn Martinez was 2 for 3 with a run scored, and Jasmine Singh had a double with an RBI for Morro Bay.
Both Carli Watt and Tia Gacad contributed a hit, a run and a RBI for the Pirates.
Ventura 9 (85), Arroyo Grande 9 (79)
Eli Whittle swept his sets 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Eagles (15-2) lost via the games won tiebreaker.
The doubles teams of Evan Lange and Danny Williams and Kenji McKinstry and Jason Dong both bounced back from first-set losses to win two.
The Eagles, ranked No. 9 in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll, will soon make a push to go undefeated in PAC 7 play against Paso Robles and St. Joseph.
Mission Prep 3, Dunn 0
Matt Souchek led the Royals (3-11) with five service aces and tied with teammate Chris Salvini with six kills as they rolled to victory, 25-9, 25-13, 25-18.
Dominic Pisano had five digs, and Tanner Nelson recorded 23 assists for Mission Prep.
“It is really odd how our schedule worked out. We had 11 games in March and only four in April,” Royals coach Devin Porr said. “It’s really unfortunate because our team is playing well together, but we only have a game left to play. I’m telling you, we have improved big-time. If we played some of the teams we lost to earlier this season, it would be a totally different story.”
The Royals conclude their season against Cate on May 6.
TRACK AND FIELD
GIRLS: Nipomo 112, Templeton 18; BOYS: Nipomo 90, Templeton 46
The Titans (4-2 Los Padres League boys, 5-1 LPL girls) swept the 1,600 and 3.200 on both sides in the win over the Eagles.
Sebastian Holleufer took the 1.600 and 3,200 for the boys, and Gracie Albano took both race for the girls.
Tevin Limon won the 100 and the pole vault for the Titans boys, as well.
Cristina Ozzimo (100 meters, 200 meters), Amber Britt (long jump, high jump) and Heather Hawes (shot put, discus) all won multiple events for Nipomo on the girls side.
Arroyo Grande 393, St. Joseph 429
Mitch Martin led the Eagles to the PAC 7 win, shooting a 1-over 73 at Santa Maria Country Club.
Fredrik Stenson carded a 76 for Arroyo Grande (3-1), and Rik Mersai added a 78.