For Kristin Ciecek and the Arroyo Grande High softball team, it’s all starting to come together.
“We’re really starting to jell together as a team at the right time of the season,” Ciecek, the Arroyo Grande coach, said. “We have a good momentum going.”
That momentum carried the Eagles to a 4-0 PAC 7 home win over Atascadero on Friday, moving Arroyo Grande (13-9, 5-4 PAC 7) into a third-place tie with the Greyhounds.
Arroyo Grande’s Jillian Compton struck out 10 batters, gave up three hits and walked two batters.
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“Jill did a great job of keeping their offense off balance,” Ciecek said.
At the plate, Compton, Moriah Vargas and Jordan Robinson each went 2 for 3.
They helped the Eagles score two runs in the first inning, one in the third and one in the fifth.
Paso Robles 9, San Luis Obispo 3
Arianna Melendez hit a grand slam in the sixth inning to help the Bearcats defeat the Tigers and stay atop the PAC 7 standings.
“We’re just trying to keep moving on. We don’t want to plateau too early,” Paso Robles coach Val Reynolds said. “We just need to get a couple more wins, so we can keep that top spot and keep things rolling.”
Paso Robles’ Jenna Wookey struck out nine batters while giving up three hits.
Melendez finished 1 for 4 with the four RBI.
Jennifer Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a double, and Kellie Reynolds was 3 for 4 with an RBI for Paso Robles (16-9, 7-2).
For San Luis Obispo (9-11, 2-6), Maggie Eppright went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Andrea Reynolds went 1 for 2 with a double, and Samantha Rivas went 1 for 2 with a double and two RBI.
Nipomo 4, Templeton 0
Had it not been for a pop-up that dropped between a centerfielder, a shortstop and a second baseman, Courtney Cuzick might have walked away with a perfect game.
The Titans’ sophomore star pitcher struck out 14 and faced the minimum 21 batters to walk away with a shutout victory.
Cuzick was effective at the plate as well. She went 2 for 4, while Ari Hulsizer went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Ashley Ruiz went 1 for 4 with an RBI triple for first-place Nipomo (13-8, 7-2 Los Padres League).
North County Christian 9, Valley Christian Academy 6
The Crusaders handed the Coast Valley League-leading Lions just their second league loss.
Cheyenne Ricks, Samantha Kane and Chloe Bergquist all went 2 for 3 for North County Christian (7-5, 6-3).
Ricks scored four runs and had a triple, Kane scored twice, and Bergquist had two RBI to go with a double.
Ricks also picked up the win, scattering nine hits while striking out four batters and walking five.
Paso Robles 7, St. Joseph 2
The Bearcats headed into the fifth inning trailing 2-0. They left it with a 5-2 lead and went on to defeat the Knights.
Mac Stuart went 2 for 4, Scott Plescia went 1 for 1 with two RBI, Angel Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with an RBI, and Eli Vargas went 1 for 2 with an RBI for the Bearcats.
With the series-clinching win, Paso Robles (16-7, 10-5) stayed in second in the PAC 7.
San Luis Obispo 6, Righetti 3
Max Sensenbach put the Tigers up 4-2 with a two-run single in the fifth inning, and they didn’t look back.
Marek Johnson pitched 4 1⁄3 innings and gave up three earned runs and nine hits before Sean Mullen came on in relief and gave up no runs to pick up the win.
Louie Summer went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, Connor O’Hare went 1 for 3 with two RBI, and Sensenbach finished 1 for 3 with two RBI for the third-place Tigers (11-10, 8-4).
Atascadero 8, Pioneer Valley 4
Michael Baez has started two games for the Greyhounds, and both times he’s walked away with wins.
This time, he got a lot of help from his offense as the Greyhounds scored seven runs in the first inning to beat the Panthers.
Baez went all seven innings, giving up three earned runs off six hits and struck out two.
Mitchell Angeloni went 2 for 4 with two runs, Bryce Evans went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Spencer Ruggles was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Tanner Thompson went 1 for 3 with a three-run double for the Greyhounds (11-10, 5-7).
Don Lugo 9, Arroyo Grande 8
The Eagles scored four runs in the seventh inning, but their rally fell one run short at the Don Lugo Tournament.
Jordan Morrison had three hits for Arroyo Grande (13-6).
North County Christian 10, Valley Christian 0
Senior left-hander Taylor Brard pitched a one-hitter for the Crusaders.
The only hit he gave up was a lead-off single in the first inning.
Brard finished with seven strikeouts and three walks as North County Christian (8-3, 4-1) moved into a first-place tie in the CVL standings with Valley Christian (10-3, 5-2).
Keelan Willison led the Crusaders’ offense by going 3 for 4 with two RBI and a pair of doubles.
Jonathan Katches and Brard were both 2 for 3.
PAC 7 prelims
Arroyo Grande took first place in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 free relay, clocking times that automatically qualified for CIF-Southern Section divisional postseason competition in each event.
The 200 medley relay (won in 1 minute, 54.65 seconds) team consisted of Corryn Haynes, Katie Sverchek, Mia Schachter and Claren Ruth. The 400 free relay (3:46.15) squad was made up of Ruth, Kim Johnson, Haynes and Schachter.
Haynes won the 200 individual medley in 2:18.07 (with Ruth second in that event at 2:19.63), and Johnson won the 100 freestyle in 56.18 seconds.
No results for any other teams were provided.
The league finals will be held next week.