The Morro Bay High softball team’s season came to an end Thursday, as the Pirates were shut out by visiting Hemet 6-0 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
The Los Padres League co-champions had three hits against the Bulldogs, two coming from Kylie Gacad and one from Caitlyn Cowardin.Marissa Tabares pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs.
Hemet scored three runs in the first inning off Tabares, and the Bulldogs never looked back.
Peninsula 5, Paso Robles 3
The Bearcats (17-12) fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and never recovered in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs.
The loss came a day after Paso Robles won in the wild-card round at home.
Paso Robles’ Jenna Wookey struck out six batters and walked five.
“We played a good game, a respectable game, but we had too many walks,” Bearcats coach Val Reynolds said. “Walking in a run never helps.”
Molly Donovan had a double for Paso Robles, and Amanda Searcy finished 1 for 3 with two RBI.
“It was a good game, well played on both sides,” Reynolds said. “As for the season, it was a good ride. We will just look to work a bit harder to compete better in our tough league.”
Coastal Christian 8, Trinity Classical Academy 7
The Conquerors used a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a win in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs.
Trailing 7-6 heading into the seventh, Coastal Christian got singles from Sevelyn VanRonk and Macie Burd to lead off the inning. An out later, both runners were able to advance to second and third on a wild pitch.
Grace Napier singled home VanRonk to tie the score. Amy Arnold then hit a ground ball to the pitcher, who threw to first, allowing Burd to come home and give the Conquerors the win.
Conquerors starter Taylor Brooks gave up six walks and seven earned runs for Coastal Christian (12-3).
VanRonk finished 2 for 4 with two runs.
The Conquerors advanced to face either Rolling Hills Prep or Providence in the second round Tuesday.
Viewpoint 17, North County Christian 1
The Crusaders scored their lone run in fourth inning, but by that time, the lead was already too much to overcome.
Viewpoint had 19 hits to knock North County Christian (10-7) out of the first round of the Division 7 playoffs.
Brianna Feld had one of North County Christian’s three hits. The other two came from Cheyenne Ricks, who went 2 for 3.
San Marino 3, Nipomo 1
The Titans’ season came to an end in the first round of the Division 5 playoffs on the road. No further information was provided.
Mary Star of the Sea 8, Templeton 5
The Eagles (13-11) held a 4-3 lead going into the fifth inning before the wheels came off in the road loss in the wild-card round of the Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
The fifth inning had a number of errors and missed plays, Templeton coach Brad Macomber said, allowing the San Pedro school to take an 8-4 lead.
Templeton had four hits, with the lone extra-base hit coming from James Ralston.
Tyler Kollmann had a hit and two RBI, and teammates Michael Frigon and Alex Kotheimer both had hits as well.
The defeat brought to a close a turnaround season for the Eagles, whose fourth-place finish in the Los Padres League standings was the program’s best since moving into the league prior to the 2007 season.
“This group of kids has really helped turn this program around, so despite the loss, it was a great season to be a part of,” Macomber said.