When it comes to baseball in the PAC 8, it’s San Luis Obispo High, Arroyo Grande and everybody else.
San Luis Obispo (14-4, 9-0 PAC 8) is on a six-game winning streak, thanks in large part to the best pitching staff around. Arroyo Grande, the defending PAC 8 co-champs, is doing it with offense. Arroyo Grande (13-4, 7-2 PAC 8) has scored 54 runs, tops in the league. The next best league record is 4-5 (Paso Robles, Pioneer Valley, Atascadero).
Arroyo Grande lost its first league game, a 4-0 loss to Paso Robles, but have rebounded in a big way. The team’s only other league loss was a 7-2 defeat at Righetti against star pitcher and Arizona commit Matthew Sauer.
Starting on Tuesday, the teams will play a three-game series that could swing the balance of power in the PAC 8.
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Arroyo Grande head coach Brad Lachemann said Monday he is still mulling over who will start on the mound in Game 1.
“We could go with Zach Mosley or Dylan Dricker,” Lachemann said. “We will see who is excited for the situation.”
Arroyo Grande will look for continued production out of lead-off hitter Kale Varvel, the Eagles most productive hitter all season. Overall, Lachemann said his team has a balanced offensive attack.
“We know they pitch really well. We just have to keep run production down and make plays,” Lachemann said.
San Luis Obispo is expected to start right-hander Jake Rodgers on the mound as they have all season on Tuesday. Rodgers has yet to give up an earned run in six starts.
Tuesday’s game will be played at 4:30 p.m. at San Luis Obispo. Wednesday the teams play at Arroyo Grande at 4:30 p.m., and the series wraps up at San Luis Obispo with a night game at 7 p.m.
“It is definitely going to have that CIF playoff atmosphere,” Lachemann said.