The Arroyo Grande High baseball team beat San Luis Obispo 6-3 on Wednesday to set up a Friday showdown that will determine which team gets the PAC 7’s second seed for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.
Gabe Hernandez put the Eagles (19-8, 11-6) up early with a two-run double in the third inning.
After the Tigers (13-12-1, 10-7) struck for a run, Arroyo Grande was able to put the game away with three runs in the sixth.
Austin Lessel pitched a complete game to get the win, striking out five and allowing seven hits.
Brady Muth added two hits and two RBI for the Eagles.
Nipomo 10, Atascadero 4
Nipomo’s Jeff McNeil finished a single away from the cycle after finishing with a homer, a triple and two doubles.
McNeil had a chance to finish the feat in his final at-bat but overachieved with his second double.
“He told me he should have stopped (at first) on that double and I told him if he had done that I’d yank him.” Nipomo coach John Stevens joked.
Ryan McNeil picked up the win in a complete-game performance, striking out seven and walking five. He also added two hits at the plate.
Atascadero (13-13, 7-10 PAC 7) rallied to within two runs from an early 5-0 deficit, but Nipomo put the game away in the later innings.
Cole Holloway and Hayden Gardner had two hits apiece for the Titans (13-12, 7-10), while Joe Gutshall had a double.
Camarillo 9 (82-78), San Luis Obispo 9
The Tigers bowed out of the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, losing by just four games after tying in sets.
The San Luis Obispo doubles team of Robbie Milla and Grant Murphy swept three sets, as did teammates Peter Angulo and Tomas Jimenez.
James Campbell won two of three singles sets for the Tigers (11-9), who will send Campbell and the doubles team of Angulo and Milla to the CIF-Southern Section Masters tournament May 21.