The San Luis Obispo High baseball team clinched a spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs with a 5-3 PAC 7 win over Atascadero on Wednesday.
The victory moves the Tigers (13-13, 10-7) into a second-place tie in the league standings with Paso Robles.
“We have a good team,” San Luis Obispo coach Bobby Ryan said. “I believe in these guys. They play hard and I believe that we can get into the playoffs and make some noise. We have to overcome the little things, make solid plays. I trust these guys.”
Louie Carlos tossed 6 1⁄3 innings in the victory, giving up three runs, one earned, on nine hits. He had three strikeouts.Marco Murillo recorded the final two outs for San Luis Obispo in the seventh to pick up the save.
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The Tigers were outhit 9-4 in the game, but used productive outs to plate runs, including a sac-bunt RBI and a groundout that scored a run from third.
Max Sensenbach represented half of the San Luis Obispo offense, going 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.Now up 2-0 in the series, the Tigers will look to sweep the Greyhounds (12-14, 5-10) in Friday afternoon’s regular-season finale.
Arroyo Grande 9, Paso Robles 8
Kyle Kleinsmith was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a home run as Arroyo Grande (20-6, 14-3) edged Paso Robles (17-9, 10-7) for the league win, taking a 2-0 series lead.
The victory came a day after the Eagles clinched the PAC 7 title.
Mike Fisher was 3 for 3 with two runs scored, and Brady Muth was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI for Arroyo Grande.The Eagles will face Bearcats pitcher Ryan Brockman in the series finale Friday.
DIVINGSouthern Section Division 3 championships
Morro Bay freshman Will Murtha placed seventh at Riverside College with a score of 268.75.
Nipomo’s Brennan Bryant placed 11th with a score of 223.7.
On the girls side, Nipomo’s Emily Penner (242.3) and Sara Clark (204.3) placed 16th and 17th, respectively, and Morro Bay’s Elaine Beaudoin was 18th (203.45).
SOFTBALLMaricopa 29, Coast Union 18
Gaby Bucio went 3 for 3 with four runs and two RBI for the Broncos. Morgan May had two hits, and Itzel Saavedra added two hits and two RBI for Coast Union (0-18).
The Broncos play their final game of the season Friday at North County Christian.