Two-time defending champion Eli Whittle faced a familiar foe in the finals of the PAC 7 boys tennis championships Friday when he was matched up against Arroyo Grande High teammate Sean Hollister.
Whittle had won 6-0, 6-0 in the previous three rounds to reach the finals, and Hollister dropped just two games in his first three matches, including a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Paso Robles’ Cooper Austin in the semifinals.
It was closer than expected, but Whittle emerged victorious 7-5, 6-2 to win his third consecutive PAC 7 singles title.
“He’s on a mission,” Eagles tennis coach Lori Hollister said of Whittle’s performance. “He’s won it the last two years but his goals are set higher this year I’m exited about what’s ahead of him. He’s worked very hard.”
Arroyo Grande had a chance to sweep the championships when its doubles team of Jordan Hayashi and Derek Lakowski met San Luis Obispo’s Mason Hansen and Adrian Angulo.
The first set was close, with Hansen and Angulo pulling out a 7-6 (7-3) win, but the second set was all Tigers in a 6-1 romp, giving Hansen and Angulo their first doubles title.
“They’ve done a good job all year,” San Luis Obispo coach Ken Peet said. “They definitely earned the title. It was a good, close final match and I’m very proud of them for going for it and being aggressive.”
San Luis Obispo 14, Righetti 0
Marco Murillo gave up three hits and one walk and struck out five over six innings in the shutout for the Tigers (18-4, 14-1 PAC 7), who clinched the PAC 7 championship.
R.J. Hassey had four hits, including a grand slam, and five RBI for San Luis Obispo.
Sean Maguire had two hits and three runs, and Davis Casciola had three hits and two runs for the Tigers.
St. Joseph 7, Arroyo Grande 3
Gavin Smith gave up all seven runs, three earned, in the complete-game loss for the Eagles (11-11, 8-7 PAC 7), who committed four errors.
Paso Robles 2, Pioneer Valley 1
Mac Stuart had two hits and an RBI and tossed a complete game, giving up one run on five hits, striking out four in the win for the Bearcats (15-8, 11-4 PAC 7).
Templeton 22, Santa Maria 2
Andy Garretson had three hits and four runs scored, and Evan Peterson gave up two runs on three hits over four innings in the win for the Eagles (17-3, 9-1 Los Padres League).
North County Christian 25, Maricopa 1, five innings
Keelan Willison had three hits, three runs scored and six RBI, and Jonathan Katches tossed a five-inning no-hitter for the Crusaders (10-4, 8-1), who dominated the Indians en route to their fifth straight Coast Valley League championship.
Katches had three hits, a double, one RBI and four runs scored, brother Daniel Katches had three runs scored and three RBI and Nathan Cedillo added four RBI and two runs scored for North County Christian.
Orcutt Academy 12, Coast Union 2
Quinten Raethke had two hits with a double and two runs scored to go with a complete-game on the mound in the loss for the Broncos (6-10).
Valley Christian Academy 14, Coastal Christian 4
Thomas Lindstaedt hit a home run for the Conquerors (1-12, 1-9 CVL). Coastal Christian’s Isaac Close pitched six innings and struck out five in the loss.
Arroyo Grande 3, Paso Robles 2
Jill Compton stuck out seven in the complete-game win for the Eagles (17-9, 7-4 PAC 7). Compton had two doubles and scored all three Arroyo Grande runs.
Jenna Wookey gave up four hits and three runs over six innings for the Bearcats (13-8, 5-5 PAC 7). Kelly Reynolds and Megan Clarke both hit a double for Paso Robles.
St. Joseph 10, San Luis Obispo 7
Down 9-0 after four innings, the Tigers (8-12, 2-8 PAC 7) rallied to score three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth but ultimately fell short in the loss to the Knights.
Andrea Reynolds gave up 10 runs, six earned, on seven hits, striking out five in the loss.
Reynolds had three hits, including a double, two RBI and two runs scored, Erica Chandler had four hits, including a double and a run scored, and Brandi Crabtree and a double, two RBI and two runs scored for San Luis Obispo.
Nipomo 15, Santa Ynez 11, 8 innings
Courtney Cuzick struck out seven over eight innings in the win for the Titans (14-9, 8-3 LPL).
Ashley Ruiz and Saundra Renner each had three hits for Nipomo.
The Pirates tied the Titans 11-11 in the seventh inning before Nipomo plated four runs in the top of the eighth.
Templeton 4, Santa Maria 1
Corinne Barto gave up five hits and struck out five in the complete game for the Eagles (5-15, 4-6 LPL).
Morgan Morrison had a triple with three RBI, and Kiani Alba and Ashanti Alba each had two hits and one run scored for Templeton.
Cabrillo 6, Morro Bay 2
Haley Lamb pitched five innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits, striking out four in the loss for the Pirates (12-9, 6-4 LPL).
North County Christian 12, Maricopa 2, five innings
Kylie Bergquist gave up two runs on four hits in the five-inning, complete-game victory for the Crusaders (10-2, 9-1 CVL).
Cheyenne Ricks had a triple, two RBI and two runs scored, Mackenzie Ricks had two hits and two runs scored and Brianna Feld added two hits for North County Christian.
Orcutt Academy 7, Coast Union 6, eight innings
Remy Corbet gave up a walk and three singles in the bottom of the eighth in the walk-off loss for the Broncos (9-7). Corbet gave up five hits and walked six.
Morgan May had three hits and two RBI, and Baggy Bucio added two hits and two RBI for Coast Union.
Arroyo Grande 3, Morro Bay 0
Taylor Jenisch had 10 kills in the 26-24, 25-17, 25-17 sweep for the Eagles (13-1).
Andrew Midyett had five kills and seven blocks, Tanner Howard had 13 digs, Jack Empey had 38 assists and Cameron Arnet had nine kills for Arroyo Grande.