The Atascadero High baseball team fell 5-3 to Righetti on Friday, spoiling a chance to take fourth place and the final PAC 8 playoff spot. The Greyhounds led 3-1 after the first three innings, thanks to an unearned run scored by Sean Moller in the second, an RBI triple by Lucas Sprouse and an RBI single by Zach Javine in the third.
Righetti responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to tie, before a strike-out, throw-out double play and a ground out ended the inning.
The Warriors (10-10, 7-8) took the lead for good in the fifth after a walk, an infield single, a passed ball, a sac bunt and a sac fly made the score 5-3.
“What you can’t do is take one and give one right back,” Atascadero coach Casey Belt said. “And we did the same thing in the fourth, we got two and gave two right back. That always puts you in a hole.”
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Sprouse struck out four over four innings for the Greyhounds (12-11, 6-9), allowing two walks.
Arizona commit Matt Sauer came in relief and pitched three scoreless innings after pitching seven earlier in the week against Atascadero.
The Greyhounds have now lost five league games this season by two runs or less. Four teams are vying for the fourth playoff spot, including Righetti, Atascadero, St. Joseph and Pioneer Valley with six games remaining.
San Luis Obispo 12, Mission Prep 1
Brooks Lee had three RBI, including a two-run home run in the second inning and a double in the fifth to lead the Tigers past Mission Prep.
San Luis Obispo had a four-run sixth on a ground out by Will Compton and RBI singles by Bryce Ramirez, Matthew Mundorf and Benny Rodgers.
Jeremy Jess went five innings and allowed just one hit, no earned runs, walked two and struck out five.
Mission Prep’s Dylan Beavers was 1 for 1 with a double and a run, and Renn Duncan was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Marco Ferdinandi was also 1 for 3 for the Royals (7-17, 2-13 PAC 8).
Paso Robles 3, St. Joseph 1
Nolan Binkele pitched a complete game for the Bearcats (14-9, 9-6 PAC 8) and allowed one earned run, three hits, one walk and struck out three. Binkele also had a sacrifice fly in the first to get Paso Robles on the board, before Oscar Rendon had an RBI single in the sixth.
Mark Armstrong had a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning for an insurance run.
Arroyo Grande 7, Pioneer Valley 6 (nine innings)
Cameron McTighe hit a walkoff pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for the Eagles. Kale Varvel was 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and had a run scored. Cameron Hirahara was 2 for 3 with a run scored and Jake Shusterich pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run, two walks and had five strikeouts.
Arroyo Grande (17-6, 11-4 PAC 8) takes on Atascadero on Tuesday.
San Luis Obispo 4, Arroyo Grande 3
Hanna Murphy didn’t record a hit on the night, but she drove in two runs, including the winning tally in the bottom of the sixth with a bases-loaded walk, to lead San Luis Obispo past Arroyo Grande.
Janae Caldera had the other two RBI, on a two-run single in the fifth to give SLO a 3-1 lead. She finished 1 for 4 on the night, and Marissa Piatt went 3 for 4.
On the mound for San Luis Obispo (8-12, 4-5 PAC 8), Sami Good struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Hanna Gibbs, who recorded a save in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Lompoc 2, Templeton 1
Ashley Daugherty took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Braves rallied for the win.
Daugherty gave up a bunt single in the seventh, and an error with two outs let the winning run score. Daugherty struck out 12 and didn’t walk a batter.
Sydney Barlogio had the only hit for the Eagles (12-6-1, 7-3 Los Padres League).
Nipomo 14, Cabrillo 6
The Titans rolled to an LPL win.
Hope Goodall allowed one run through four innings, three earned runs total, and had five strikeouts in the win.
Kate Russell was 2 for 3 with two RBI, Vanessa Davis was 2 for 4 with three RBI and Kiesa Romero was 2 for 5 with three RBI for Nipomo (12-9, 6-4).
Tribune staff contributed to this report.