After claiming its first playoff victory in school history, the Nipomo High softball team found itself in unfamiliar territory Tuesday.But don’t think for a second that it affected the Titans’ game.
Courtney Cuzick threw a no-hitter, Nipomo received a pair of two-out RBI and the Titans defeated Montebello 2-0 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
Cuzick struck out 10, walked one, and had a two-out RBI double in the top of the seventh inning that extended Nipomo’s lead to 2-0.
“As timely of hitting as we have had all year,” Titans coach Matt Paradis said. “In both innings where we scored, there were three consecutive two-out hits. The first time it was our 7-8-9 hitters; the second time it was 1-2-3. Everybody contributed today.”
Silvia De Leon’s fourth-inning RBI-single gave Nipomo a 1-0 lead.
Gianna Abatti was 3 for 3 with a double and a run scored and Vangie Lopez had two hits and a run scored for the Titans, who do not seem intimidated by the big stage of the playoffs.
“They came out confident,” Paradis said. “They came out knowing that they were on a mission. We’re trying to play the best softball of the year every time we step on to the field.”
Cuzick may have been pitching as well as she has all season. She struck out eight of the first nine batters and allowed just four base runners.
“This is uncharted territory for Nipomo softball,” Paradis said. “These girls, they committed back in November to being the best players they can be individually and being the best team they could be. This team isn’t satisfied; they’re still hungry.”
The Titans will travel to take on the winner of the game between Hemmet and Marymount on Thursday.
Mira Costa 10, Atascadero 8
Jessie Hufstetler had three hits at the plate and struck out eight in a complete game for the Greyhounds (25-4), but Atascadero lost in the second round of the Division 3 playoffs.
The Greyhounds fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, when Mira Costa’s leadoff hitter connected for a solo home run on the first pitch.
Atascadero took a 7-5 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Mustangs answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
Marissa McClain, Jessica Rouse and Keara Blodgett all had two hits for the Greyhounds.
Central Coast All-Star Game selections
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes All Star Football Classic has released the names of eight San Luis Obispo seniors that were selected to play in the game.
Fullback Jacob Flores, wide receiver Trevor McGuire, running back Eric Cordova, defensive lineman Skylor Gram, punter Tanner Kahn and defensive backs Bryan Coburn, Trevor MacLeod and Jake Lacey will join head coach David Kelly on the North squad.
The game between graduating players from San Luis Obispo County high schools and Northern Santa Barbara County high schools will be held June 2 at Atascadero High.
Nipomo’s Wells to play at Willamette
J.T. Wells, a standout linebacker for Nipomo last fall, has agreed to play for Willamette University in Salem, Ore., at the Division III level.
He will join Arroyo Grande linebacker Henry Adelman at Willamette.
Wells led Nipomo and the Los Padres League with 152 tackles, including recording a season-best 24 in a 34-7 loss to Lompoc on Nov. 4, 2011.
He recorded double figures in tackles in all but one game for the Titans (4-6, 3-3 LPL).