High School Sports

Robinson sisters power Eagles to win over Greyhounds

Robinson is a good name for a ballplayer. Jackie, Frank and Brooks were legends in the pros.

The Arroyo Grande High girls softball team has two Robinsons — sisters Jordan and Jessie — who aren’t bad themselves.

Arroyo Grande High’s softball team won 8-2 on Thursday at Atascadero (6-5, 1-2 PAC 7 League), thanks to a monster day from the Robinsons, who went 5 for 7 with six RBI combined.

Down 1-0 in the third inning, already having left five runners on base in the first two innings, the Eagles (4-7, 2-2) were looking for a big hit with two runners on.

That’s when Eagles’ first baseman Jessie Robinson launched one.

She had struck out to end the inning in the first with runners on first and second, but redeemed herself and more with a booming three-run home run to give her team a 3-1 cushion.

Atascadero starter Alese Dominguez masterfully changed speeds and worked out of jams in the first two innings to keep the Eagles scoreless.

But then Robinson caught a mistake on a fastball that ended up soaring over the left-center field wall. The bomb marked Jessie Robinson’s third homer of the year.

“I was definitely trying to hit it out,” said Jessie Robinson, a junior. “We needed it at that time and I was just looking to crush it.”

Later in the contest, Jessie Robinson blistered a line drive off the leg of Atascadero freshman pitcherSally Bowles who showed her toughness in remaining in the game. The hit scored her sister and marked Jessie’s four RBI in the game.

Jordan Robinson, the Eagles’ third baseman who came into the game batting .333, went 2 for 3 with two RBI.

“I think we’re really getting into the groove,” Jordan Robinson said. “And as a team, we’re playing our best this season. I think we’ll be very competitive in league.”

Arroyo Grande’s Rebekah Hernandez and Bailey Killough shared the pitching duties.

Hernandez used her fastball to overpower the Greyhounds and contain them to two runs while Killough came on in the fifth and finished out the game. Killough also had two hits in the contest.

“We’re a very young team with only one senior,” Darin Traverso, the Greyhounds’ head coach. “I just told them after the game that when you get behind by a couple of runs to keep on putting pressure on them. Don’t let up.”

Atascadero’s second baseman, Mckenzi Etchison had two hits in the game and continued her hot spell, entering the game with a .346 batting average.

And Greyhounds shortstop MacKenzie Messina was a vacuum on defense, making several key stops, and hit a bullet line drive at the plate that the Eagles turned into a double play.

But in the end, Arroyo Grande’s lead was too much to overcome.

Eagles coach John Welch said his team’s defense is their strength and great pitching too.

“I think we have awesome D and we showed it today,” Welch said. “Atascadero is a good team and we haven’t won up here in a while in past years. This is going to be a fight in league. There are a lot of good teams we’re having to scrap every game.”