The Paso Robles High baseball team got ambushed by San Luis Obispo at home Wednesday.
The Tigers (9-10-1, 6-5 PAC 7) scored five runs before Paso Robles came to bat.
But the Bearcats (14-10, 10-4) responded in a big way to take a 20-13 win in a key PAC 7 game that keeps their slim league lead intact.
“(San Luis Obispo) came out aggressively on offense and we were just kind of like, ‘Oh no,’” Bearcats coach Derek Stroud said. “The guys fortunately were able to stay with it and our guys did a good job of grinding it out.”
Both offenses were locked in throughout the game, but Tigers assistant coach Aaron Levin said his team just made too many mistakes defensively.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” Levin said. “We committed seven errors and walked 13 of their guys. We just didn’t have our best today. But give them credit for sticking with it.”
Thomas Bernal led the way for Paso Robles, going 5 for 5 with a home run, a double and three RBI.
Jesse Horne had three hits and three RBI for the Bearcats, and Austin Swank had two hits and a game-high five RBI.
The Tigers were led by David Murillo, who went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a homer and five RBI.
Dylan Candaele had four hits for San Luis Obispo and scored four runs while Scott Shields and Simon Phillips each had two hits.
Arroyo Grande 14, Pioneer Valley 3
The Eagles (16-4, 8-3 PAC 7) kept pace with Paso Robles by hammering Pioneer Valley.
Glenwood Lewis was 2 for 4, scoring twice and driving in one, while Clark Goossen had a double for Arroyo Grande.
Jessie Yancosek picked up the win after he allowed eight hits and struck out eight in a complete-game effort.
Righetti 3, Atascadero 1
Jake Cuen allowed nine hits and three runs while striking out five for the Greyhounds (12-11, 6-8 PAC 7).
Tanner Thompson had a hit and scored on Mitchell Angeloni’s RBI double to account for Atascadero’s lone run.
North County Christian 15, Maricopa 1, 5 innings
Josh Feld and Peter Zippi combined on a no-hitter for North County Christian (12-0, 9-0), which remained undefeated.
Feld struck out the first seven batters he faced and was replaced by Zippi in the fourth inning.
Zippi, a freshman, struck out three in two innings, allowing one unearned run.
Caleb Katches was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBI.
Daniel Katches, who led the Coast Valley League in hitting with a .528 average entering the game, was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Paso Robles 5, Atascadero 3
Lauren Redberg, Kellie Reynolds and Katie Hartman had two hits apiece as Paso Robles handed Atascadero its first PAC 7 loss.
With the score tied at 3 in the seventh, Hartman singled and was bunted over to second before Redberg reached on an error.
Jennifer Hernandez scored both runners with a double to provide the winning margin.
Jenna Wookey got the win for Paso Robles (10-12, 4-3 PAC 7), striking out four.
Jessie Hufstetler and Marissa McClain had two hits apiece for Atascadero (19-5, 7-1), and Jill Johnson struck out four while walking none in the loss.
Morro Bay 1, St. Joseph 0
Tia Gacad led off the seventh inning with a single, was bunted to second and scored on a Jasmine Singh single as the Pirates handed St. Joseph its first Los Padres League defeat.
Candace Milbourne pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Madi Will struck out four and walked one for Morro Bay (11-13, 5-2).
North County Christian 17, Maricopa 0, 5 innings
Cheyenne Ricks set a school record with three home runs for the Crusaders (10-3, 9-3 CVL).
Kelsey Paulus was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and an RBI. She also picked up the pitching win, allowing two hits in going the distance.Leanne Villalba added two hits and scored three runs for North County Christian.
Arroyo Grande 14, Paso Robles 4
The Eagles moved to within one win of clinching at least a share of the PAC 7 league title.
Eli Whittle and Sean Hollister swept three singles sets without dropping a game, and Kenji McKinstry also swept for Arroyo Grande (14-3, 10-0).
The doubles team of Danny Williams and Evan Lange swept for the Eagles, and the tandem of Jordan Hayashi and Ian Moynagh won two of three.
Arroyo Grande has a chance to clinch a share of the league title today against Atascadero.