The Arroyo Grande High softball claimed the PAC 7 title outright Thursday with a 5-1 win over St. Joseph, and Paso Robles’ 6-2 loss to Righetti.
“We had high expectations going into this season,” Eagles coach Kristin Ciecek said. “We knew we had the pitching, but we had trouble scoring runs last year, so we focused a lot on hitting.
“The beginning of the year was tough, and we got off to a slow start, but then things finally started going our way only to end up getting us to the goal we had set at the beginning of the year,” Ciecek said.
Jill Compton, Arroyo Grande’s top pitcher, held St. Joseph to four hits and gave up four walks while striking out eight in a complete-game effort.
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Four players for the Eagles (16-9, 8-4) had two hits, including Moriah Vargas, who had a solo home run.
Charlette Yracheta finished 2 for 3 with a double and two RBI, Megan Knight went 2 for 4 with a double, and Alexa Wetmore was 2 for 4.
Righetti 6, Paso Robles 2
Needing a win to claim at least a share of the PAC 7 championship, the Bearcats fell in the regular-season finale against the Warriors.
Righetti jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the “wheels really fell off in the fifth inning,” coach Val Reynolds said.
It all started with a dropped fly ball. Soon after, the bases were loaded, and then a routine hit reached the outfield and skidded by the right fielder, clearing the bases. The Warriors added another run to make it 6-0.
Paso Robles didn’t go down without a fight, though. The Bearcats scored two runs in the sixth inning and later had the bases loaded. But they failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
“We had the championship in our hands and we couldn’t close the door,” Reynolds said. “We kind of peaked early, then lost momentum and kind of stalled at the end.
“Congratulations to Arroyo Grande, but it was just disappointing for us. We could’ve sealed it a while ago. It should have never come down to the last game. With that said, I’m still looking forward to the playoffs.”
Megan Clark and Amanda Searcy collected the RBI for Paso Robles, both on Warriors errors.
San Luis Obispo 10, Pioneer Valley 1
The Tigers routed the Panthers with Andrea Reynolds in the circle in their regular-season finale.
She gave up three hits and one earned run in the victory. She also struck out six, while walking one.
The Tigers’ offense broke it open in the third inning when they scored five runs. They added one in the fourth and four more in the top of the seventh.
At the plate, Reynolds went 2 for 4 with three RBI.
Jessie Foster went 2 for 3 with two RBI, and Samantha Rivas had one hit with three RBI for San Luis Obispo (11-13, 4-8).
Aliso Niguel 3, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers (23-5) lost 25-23, 25-13, 25-18 in the second round of the Division 2 playoffs.
Sam Duval led the PAC 7 champion Tigers with nine kills, Nick Butier had eight kills, Keilan Meertens racked up 26 assists, and Nate Sweasey posted 14 digs.
Laguna Beach 3, Arroyo Grande 0
The Eagles’ season came to an with the 25-14, 28-26, 25-11 Division 2 road playoff loss.
Danny Meritt led the Eagles (9-6) with 15 kills, Tanner Howard had 14 digs and Kevin Glass had 36 assists.
Southern Section Division 3 prelims
Morro Bay’s Kendall Swanson was the only individual swimmer to qualify for the finals in multiple events in Long Beach.
Swanson placed second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.55 seconds. She lowered her time significantly, as she qualified at 1 minute, 1.27 seconds. The first-place time in the race was 56.79.
Swanson also qualified in the 100 breaststroke, taking third with a time of 1:05.55. She trailed the top time (1:04.47) by just over a second.
The Templeton girls 200 freestyle relay team was the only local team to qualify in an event. They advanced at 16th with a time of 1:51.05. Burroughs of Ridgecrest came in right behind them in 1:51.06.
Santa Ynez 11, Mission Prep 5
The Royals had 13 hits but left 12 runners on base during their loss in their regular-season finale.
Art Lane went 3 for 3, Trevor Fernandez went 2 for 2, Josh Balaban was 2 for 4, and Anthony Bosshardt went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Royals (15-8).
Mission Prep is hoping for an at-large berth into the divisional playoffs.