Mission Prep’s Ally Kersthold went 4 for 4 with two home runs and 10 RBI on Friday to lead the Royals to a 16-6 softball win over visiting Central Valley Christian.
Kersthold blasted three-run homers in each of the first two innings and also added a triple in the fourth. She finished with five runs scored.
Amanda Souchek added a 2-for-2 performance for Mission Prep (7-5), while teammate Kyra Joseph went 2 for 4.
Kersthold, a four-year varsity player who recently committed to play at Emory University, is batting a county-best .634 on the season with six homers and 28 RBI.
Paso Robles 4, San Luis Obispo 1Amanda Searcy pitched 31⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out five for the Bearcats (12-12, 5-3 PAC 7).
Lauren Redberg was 2 for 3 with a home run for Paso Robles, while Katie Hartman and Alexa Muñoz had two hits each.
San Luis Obispo freshman Andrea Reynolds was 2 for 3 with an RBI double and allowed just one earned run in a complete-game loss.
Nipomo 1, Arroyo Grande 0Courtney Cuzick threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 10 for Nipomo (13-10, 4-5 PAC 7).
Tessa Underwood singled and advanced to third on a throwing error before scoring on Cami Castillo’s suicide squeeze.
“They weren’t expecting our clean-up hitter to drop the squeeze,” Nipomo coach Matt Paradis said. “She put it down perfectly.”
Jill Compton and Jesyca Danylo had a hit each for the Eagles (13-10, 4-5 PAC 7).
North County Christian 7, Coast Union 4The Crusaders (11-3) got three hits and four runs scored from Cheyenne Ricks, and Kelsey Paulus struck out five in a complete-game nonleague win. Leanne Villalba added two hits and three RBI for North County Christian.
Jasmine Bucio had two hits and scored twice for Coast Union (1-11), and Ashlyn Silva had a hit.
BASEBALLPaso Robles 4, San Luis Obispo 3Sophomore pitcher Mac Stuart tossed a complete-game two-hitter as the Bearcats (15-10, 11-4) swept the three-game series, holding on to their half-game lead over Arroyo Grande in the PAC 7 standings.
“He competed really well,” Paso Robles coach Derek Stroud said of Stuart, “and defensively, I thought the guys played really well.”
Paso Robles can clinch the league title depending on how it fares in a three-game series against the Eagles next week.
“To beat (San Luis Obispo) three times is a great accomplishment,” Stroud said. “And obviously, it makes next week’s series really important for us.”
Stuart added two hits at the plate, as did teammate Scott Plescia.
Austin Swank accounted for two RBI in the win.
Marco Murillo started for third-place San Luis Obispo (9-11-1, 6-6), pitching five solid innings, striking out five, before David Murillo came on in the fifth, finishing with five strikeouts, as well.
Arroyo Grande 8, Pioneer Valley 0Kyle Raubinger tossed a one-hit shutout for Arroyo Grande and added a two-run homer on offense as the Eagles kept pace with Paso Robles for the league title entering next week’s showdown series.
Eric Simon had a three-run triple for Arroyo Grande (17-4, 9-3 PAC 7), which seized the series 2-1 and has won 13 of its past 14 contests overall.
The Panthers dropped to 6-15, including a 4-8 mark against PAC 7 competition.
Atascadero 14, Righetti 13The Greyhounds (13-11, 7-8 PAC 7) made good on 14 hits, keeping their postseason hopes intact by rallying from a late 11-3 deficit in a thriller.
“It was a really big win,” Atascadero coach Dan Butz said. “To score that many runs in late innings, the kids didn’t give up. They continued to work hard.”
After taking a 12-11 lead, Atascadero relinquished the advantage in the bottom of the sixth inning before yanking back the lead in the top of the seventh.
Mitchell Angeloni led Atascadero at the plate, going 3 for 5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Bryce Cherry, Spencer Ruggles, Nate Gastelo and Joey Dodds all tacked on two hits apiece, with Cherry and Gastelo’s both being doubles. Cherry finished with a team-high three RBI.
On the mound, Bryce Evans picked up the win in 2 1⁄3 innings before Kenny Block earned the save in the seventh.
North County Christian 10, Coast Union 7Daniel Katches and Keelan Willison each had three hits and an RBI for the Crusaders (13-0) in the nonleague outing.
Josh Feld added two hits and Taylor Brard picked up his sixth win of the year, striking out six in five innings.
North County Christian can clinch its third consecutive Coast Valley League title with a win over Valley Christian on May 4.
For the Broncos (6-10), Andy Gordon went 2 for 3, while Jake MacHado added a 2-for-4 showing with a double. Jaime Torres had three RBI in defeat.
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVINGPAC 7 PrelimsSeveral county swimmers posted CIF-qualifying times while advancing to Wednesday’s league finals.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle, San Luis Obispo’s Eric Erbstoesser won in 1 minute, 49.6 seconds, trailed by second-place teammate Alan Peterson, whose time of 1:50.39 was also state-qualifying.
The two flip-flopped in the 500 freestyle, with Peterson winning in 4:53.61 and Erbstoesser the runner-up at 4:53.84.
Tigers teammate Dom Magliari, meanwhile, took the boys 100 butterfly in 55.93 seconds.
For Arroyo Grande, Peter Malouf captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.71, while Kenan Marting was second in the 50 freestyle in 22.61 seconds. Atascadero’s Patrick Neil won the boys 200 individual medley in 2:01.64.
BOYS TENNISSanta Ynez 14, Templeton 4Jordan Hattar went 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 to lead the Eagles (7-5 Los Padres League), who were swept in doubles.
Coast Union 8, Fresno Christian 1The Broncos (4-3) concluded their season with a win to finish above .500. Alex Roper won a singles match and also took a doubles victory with partner Kyle Reed. John McElgunn, Omar Catalan, Max Stuczynki and Nick Taron all won singles matches.
BOYS VOLLEYBALLMission Prep 3, Cate 1Chris Salvini and Quinn Tanner had a game-high 10 kills in Mission Prep’s 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 win.Sean Robinson had three aces and 29 assists for the Royals, and Tucker Marsano had a team-high five blocks.