The San Luis Obispo High boys tennis team defeated Buckley 12-6 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, advancing to the second round and a home date with top-seeded Valencia on Friday.
Nathan Hansen swept 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in singles, and the doubles team of Josh Milla and Scott Hicks won 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 for the Tigers.
“This was one of our best-played matches of the year,” San Luis Obispo coach Ken Peet said. “We knew going in it would be a tough match.”
Every Tigers’ singles player and doubles team won at least one set, and the Tigers jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first round and held on from there.
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Nick Johnson won 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in singles, and the doubles team of Brandon Lippold and Cole Stephenson won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 for San Luis Obispo.
“I’m very proud of my guys,” Peet said. “We’re playing the best tennis of the year right now. We just feel good with how we’re playing.”
Cate 12, Templeton 6
The doubles team of Calvin Pinson and Chris Wallace won 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell on the road in the first round of the Division 4 playoffs.
Jarred Hall won 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in singles for Templeton (14-4), and Michael Murray and Andrew Heim won one set each for the Eagles.
Arroyo Grande 8, Atascadero 3
The Eagles scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning, including a two-run double from Tyler Auerbach, to put away the Greyhounds in Atascadero.
Garrett Ball was 2 for 4 with two runs, and Casey Muth was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Arroyo Grande (17-6-3, 12-3-2 PAC 7).
Dan Ramirez got the win for the Eagles, giving up three runs — one earned — over five innings. Kyle Brown struck out three in two perfect innings for the save.
Joe Johnson was 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Kelton Torres was 2 for 4 for the Greyhounds (12-14-1, 7-9-1 PAC 7).
St. Joseph 6, Paso Robles 2
The Knights broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning, scoring four runs to win in Paso Robles.
Ben Mecham and Kai Bedell each went 2 for 3 for the Bearcats (6-19, 2-15 PAC 7).
Coast Union 5, Orcutt Academy 3
Quinton Raethke struck out nine in the complete-game win, allowing three hits and no earned runs in a nonleague win for the Broncos.
Austin Eide was 2 for 3 with two RBI for Coast Union (13-6).
San Luis Obispo 1, Pioneer Valley 0
Sinjin Todd pitched a complete-game shutout, and the Tigers used an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to edge the visiting Panthers.
Todd scattered seven hits over seven innings, struck out five and scored the game’s only run on a fielding error by Pioneer Valley.
Garrett Giovannelli and Todd were both 1 for 3 with a stolen base for San Luis Obispo (15-11, 12-5 PAC 7).
Nipomo 2, Oaks Christian 0, 6 innings; Oaks Christian 9, Nipomo 1, 5 innings
Courtney Cuzick struck out nine over six one-hit innings in the opener to help the Titans to a doubleheader split in Thousand Oaks.
Destiny Fryckman hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning to clinch the win in the opener for Nipomo (15-11).
Cuzick again started the nightcap, giving up seven runs on eight hits and striking out five over four innings in the loss.
Fryckman finished 3 for 4 with two RBI over both games, and Cuzick and Vanjie Lopez were each 2 for 5 over the same stretch.