With the postseason looming, the Atascadero High softball team just keeps on rolling.
The Greyhounds concluded the regular season with a 1-0 home win over Arroyo Grande on Thursday.
Atascadero (23-5, 11-1) won for the 15th time in 18 games. Two of the three Greyhounds’ losses during the stretch were against Buchanan of Clovis (30-2), currently ranked No. 3 in the state by MaxPreps.com.
Jill Johnson had nine strikeouts and allowed three hits in a complete-game win Thursday.
The Greyhounds needed all seven innings to get a run across on Arroyo Grande’s Jill Compton, who finished with eight strikeouts.
Katie Agostini scored the winning run, beating the tag at the plate on a fielder’s choice.
Ashley Dooley added two hits for Atascadero, while Moriah Vargas had a double for the Eagles (14-12, 5-7).
The narrow loss was a late trend for Arroyo Grande, which has lost five of its past six games by one run, all scored in the final inning.
“We faced a lot of adversity at the end of the year and the team stayed strong,” Arroyo Grande coach Kristin Ciecek said. “We’ll take what we learned this year and apply it to next season.”
Nipomo 1, San Luis Obispo 0
Courtney Cuzick was one out away from a no-hitter for Nipomo (9-15, 3-9 PAC 7).
She finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk for Nipomo, which scored the winning run in the top of the seventh.
Kerri Jacobs-Kelley got the only hit for San Luis Obispo (12-14, 3-9 PAC 7) in the seventh inning with two outs, and Kelsey Gibbs had six strikeouts and walked none.
Righetti 6, Paso Robles 0
It was a pitcher’s duel early as both teams had perfect games going into the fifth inning.
Paso Robles allowed all six runs in the sixth inning, four unearned.
Katie Hartman and Kellie Reynolds had the only hits for the Bearcats (13-14, 7-5), who finished second in PAC 7 play and await playoff seeding.
Mission Prep 24, Cornerstone Christian 1
Kyra Joseph’s grand slam in the first inning highlighted a nine-run first inning for Mission Prep.
Ally Kersthold hit a three-run home run, had a double and finished with six RBI for Mission Prep (9-6), and Sadie Casacca was 3 for 4 with a double.
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Austin Kaiser carded a 72 to lead the Greyhounds to a 20th- place finish at Redhawk Golf Course in Temecula.
Atascadero’s team score of 405 put the Greyhounds 40 strokes behind Servite, which had three golfers finish at even par or better.
Kaiser’s 72 put him in a tie for 10th place. Four golfers shared individual honors after shooting 68.
Dalton Womack added a 77 for Atascadero.