Paso Robles High softball coach Val Reynolds doesn’t want her team to get too far ahead of itself in thinking about a possible PAC 7 title.
But the first-place Bearcats took a big step in their contention for the league championship Tuesday, defeating second-place Atascadero 1-0.
The road win completed a season sweep for Paso Robles (15-9, 6-2) of the rival Greyhounds (16-7, 5-3), last year’s PAC 7 champion. The Bearcats now have a one-game lead in the standings with one-third of the schedule remaining.
While calling it “a good win for us,” Reynolds added, “There’s still so much of the season left, and so many more games to play. With our league being so strong, it’s still anybody’s. It’s up for grabs.”
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The Bearcats got the only run they needed in the third inning as Kellie Reynolds singled up the middle to drive in Arianna Melendez. Reynolds finished 2 for 3 with the RBI.
In the circle, Jenna Wookey had seven strikeouts for Paso Robles. She gave up three hits and four walks.
“I’m just really proud of our defense,” coach Reynolds said. “We made some good plays, and Jenna hung in there and got some crucial 1-2-3 outs.”
For Atascadero, Jill Johnson had six strikeouts, didn’t walk anyone and yielded four hits.
Ashlee Reusche led the Greyhounds offense by going1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Arroyo Grande 7, Pioneer Valley 4, 8 innings
Jillian Compton earned the win, striking out 14 batters. She gave up six hits and one walk. Compton was also 2 for 5 with a double.
Jordan Robinson (3 for 4), Alexa Wetmore (3 for 5), Moriah Vargas (2 for 4) and Charlette Yracheta (2 for 5) also had multiple-hit games for Arroyo Grande (12-9, 4-4 PAC 7).
Morro Bay 5, Templeton 2
The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead after Erin Roberts connected for a two-run homer in the first, but the Pirates quickly responded, tying it up in the bottom of the inning.
Michelle Cordova scored the go-ahead run for the Pirates in the bottom of the third, thanks to an RBI double from Jasmine Singh.Singh, who had two RBI, and Cordova both finished with two hits.
Marissa Tabares went five innings, allowing two hits as she got the win.
Nipomo 10, Santa Maria 0, 5 innings
Nipomo’s Courtney Cuzick gave up one hit, walked no one and hit a batter as she struck out 10.
Cuzick was also 2 for 4 with two runs scored for the Titans (13-8, 6-2 Los Padres League).
Dana Leyva was 3 for 3 with two runs scored, and teammate Ashley Ruiz went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Ari Hulsizer finished 3 for 4 with three RBI for Nipomo.
North County Christian 21, Shandon 8
The Crusaders racked up 14 hits, and also benefited from drawing 19 walks in the Coast Valley League rout.
Chloe Bergquist was 4 for 5 with a double and four RBI for North County Christian (6-5, 5-3), and Cheyenne Ricks was 2 for 4 and three RBI for the Crusaders.
Maricopa 18, Coast Union 8
Morgan May had a bases-loaded, three-RBI triple, and Heather Granada had two hits, but the Broncos (0-11) lost.
St. Joseph 4, Paso Robles 2
Three errors and two walks given up in the first inning led to three Knights runs as the Bearcats (14-7, 8-5 PAC 7) fell.
Paso Robles was held to three hits and scored both of its runs in the seventh inning.
Mac Stuart went five innings, giving up two earned runs, with four walks, three hits and one strikeout.
Nipomo 18, Santa Maria 0
Ryan McNeil was 4 for 6 with two doubles, a two-run homer and eight RBI, and Nipomo (11-5, 6-2 LPL) finished with 22 hits.
Marc Baker, who pitched 42⁄3 innings, giving up three hits with six strikeouts for Nipomo, was 4 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.Cole Holloway finished 3 for 4 with two doubles.
Templeton 8, Morro Bay 3
Evan Peterson gave up two hits and one unearned run while striking out 11 batters in five innings for the Eagles.
Michael Frigon had three hits to lead Templeton (13-7, 5-3 LPL), and Tyler Kollmann had two.
Pioneer Valley 7, Atascadero 3
The Greyhounds were doomed by six errors in the PAC 7 loss in Santa Maria.
Scott Kaul, Matt Cuen and Spencer Ruggles all went 1 for 2 for Atascadero, with Cuen and Ruggles driving in one run each.
North County Christian 11, Shandon 1, 5 innings
Keilan Willison pitched a two-hitter for the Crusaders with 11 strikeouts and was 3 for at the plate with a double and two RBI.
Taylor Brard was also 3 for 4, with three RBI for North County Christian (7-3, 3-1 CVL).
Coast Union 9, Orcutt Academy 4
Tommy Howard went 3 for 3 with a double for the Broncos (4-10).
Garrett LeMilliere kept Orcutt Academy at bay, giving up two runs with six strikeouts in his complete-game effort.
Quinten Raethke was 2 for 3 with two RBI, and Omar Catalan was 2 for 4 with a triple for Coast Union.
San Luis Obispo 2, Righetti 1
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Arroyo Grande 393, Atascadero 404
The Greyhounds had the medalist in Casey West, who shot a 76, but fell to the Eagles at par-72 Chalk Mountain.
Every Eagles player was under 80. Both Mitch Martin and Rik Mersai carded a 78 to lead Arroyo Grande.
Arroyo Grande 17, Paso Robles 1
The Eagles (16-2, 11-0) clinched the outright PAC 7 championship for the second year in a row.
“I’m incredibly proud of the run that we’ve had here over the course of the past two years,” Arroyo Grande coach Lori Hollister said. “The boys have put in a lot of hard work, and they’re seeing the benefits.”Sage Lysobey won 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in singles, and teammate Jamie Ferguson added a 6-1 win.
San Luis Obispo 17, St. Joseph 1
In singles, the Tigers (10-5, 9-2) were led by sweeps from Josh Milla and Shahrukh Syed.
Milla won 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, and Syed enjoyed a 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 day.
Adrian Angulo and Mason Hansen swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 in doubles.
Atascadero 10, Righetti 8
The Barber twins swept all their sets to help the Greyhounds (9-5, 7-4) get by the Warriors. Devin Barber swept 6-0 in all three sets, and brother Kyle won 6-2, 6-0, 6-0.
Elias Jordan locked up two points, winning 6-2, 6-1. The point that earned the win for Atascadero came from the pair of Chad Ponek and Robert Casebolt, who took a set 6-2.
Santa Maria 10, Coast Union 8
Kyle Reed swept his singles sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 for the Broncos (5-7), and the doubles team of Dennis Diener and Nick Taron bounced back from a first-set loss to win 6-2, 6-1 for Coast Union.
TRACK AND FIELD
BOYS: Arroyo Grande 111, Pioneer Valley 24; GIRLS: Arroyo Grande 119, Pioneer Valley 17
The Eagles had a pair of particularly standout performances in the throwing events.
On the boys side, Garrett Weinreich won the shot put by nearly nine feet, with a mark of 55 feet, 7 1⁄2 inches.
For the girls, Madison Jacobs also won by nearly nine feet in the discus, putting forth a throw of 135-4. She also won the shot put at 38-9 1⁄2.
Emily Johnston won two events for the Eagles, taking the 1,600-meter run in 5 minutes, 33 seconds, and the 800 in 2:42.9. Nadine Reed also was a multiple-event winner, claiming the 100 at 12.7 seconds and the 200 at 27.2.
For the Eagles boys, Uriel Mendoza won the 200 at 22.7 and the long jump at 19-11⁄2, and Jackson Zimmerman won the high jump at 6-0 and the triple jump at 40-8.
BOYS: Paso Robles 71, Righetti 67; GIRLS: Paso Robles 82, Righetti 31
Tess Rountree broke her own record in the girls high jump for the Bearcats, clearing 5 feet, 71⁄2 inches. She also won the shot put at 37-101⁄2.
Also for the Paso Robles girls, Elle Bernal (long jump at 16-1; triple jump at 30-81⁄2) and Maddy Cline (800 at 2:44; 3,200 at 13:41.6) were multiple-event winners.
On the boys side, Paso Robles’ Imer Hernandez won the 110 hurdles (15.7) and 300 hurdles (42), and Zander Souza claimed the 800 (2:08.1) and 1,600 (4:48.4).
Bo Bonnheim won the boys shot put at 51-71⁄2) for Paso Robles.
San Luis Obispo 3, Pioneer Valley 2
The Tigers (6-1 PAC 7) prevailed 20-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-12, 15-10.
Sam Duval collected 17 kills to lead San Luis Obispo. Vance Cramer had 16, and Nick Butier 15. Keilan Meertens had 45 assists for the Tigers.
Morro Bay 3, Santa Maria 0
The Pirates swept 25-22, 25-21, 25-17.
Edward Griley had 12 kills for Morro Bay (4-2 LPL), and Noah Galicia added eight.
Carson Szarek had six digs and 18 assists for the Pirates, and Taylor Sutliff had five kills, three blocks and four digs.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
BOYS: San Luis Obispo 216, Atascadero 49; GIRLS: San Luis Obispo 178, Atascadero 131
Graham Johnson picked up two individual wins for the Tigers in their PAC 7 dual victory over the Greyhounds.
Johnson won the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.73) and the 100 butterfly (56.76).
Dom Magliari swam a personal-best 49.37 in winning the 100 freestyle for San Luis Obispo.
Atascadero’s Dustin Bolt automatically qualified for CIF-Southern Section postseason competition in the 500 freestyle, winning in 4:48.69. He also won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.95.
Claire Leong won the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle for the Atascadero girls, and Teagan Griffith clocked a 2:22.22 in the 200 IM for San Luis Obispo.
Norlock to Adams State
Atascadero’s Bri Norlock has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Adams State, the college announced Tuesday.
Adams State is a Division II program in Alamosa, Colo.
Norlock, a 6-foot outside hitter, was a first-team all-county selection by The Tribune after hitting a team-best 21.2 percent and compiling a team-leading 222 kills this past season.
Norlock “will give us depth at the outside hitter position,” Grizzlies coach Lindy Mortensen said in a news release. “She is a strong athlete, good person and a good student.”