The PAC 8 Individual Tournament wrapped up on Friday, with Atascadero taking home both the singles and doubles titles.
Atascadero’s No. 1-seeded Brendan Adams defeated Mission Prep’s Luke Llaurado 6-2, 6-1, to advance to the finals, where he beat San Luis Obispo’s Zach Hilty, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-2.
“It was a fantastic day,” Atascadero coach Connie Baird said. “Zach is great player. I always give credit to him, he’s a great kid.”
Adams also won the singles title last year, the first in school history.
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Hilty beat August Munster of St. Joseph 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to advance. Munster topped Llaurado 9-7 in the third-place match.
Sixth-seeded Yuma Olsen and Luke Reilly of Atascadero upset the No. 1-seeded team of Tyler Tencati and Joseph Goryance of Arroyo Grande 6-2, 6-2, for the doubles title. Olsen and Reilly defeated the No. 2-seeded team of Patrick Angle and Parker Turner 6-4, 7-5, also of Arroyo Grande, to advance to the finals.
“There’s times when you peak at the right time and this was one of those times,” said Baird, whose team will lose six seniors to graduation.
“This was a special group of boys”
Tencati and Goryance bested teammates Austin Bricker and Joey Kullman 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, to move on to the finals. Bricker and Kullman, the fifth seed, beat Angle and Turner in the third-place macth 8-1.
The players who made the finals will be selected to the All-PAC 8 first team and will compete at CIF-Southern Sectionals at Cate/Carpinteria High School on May 26. Those who were third and fourth make the All-PAC 8 second team and the third place player or team acts as an alternate.
Los Padres League Finals
Templeton singles player Colby Grey won the LPL title over Jon Johnson from Nipomo, 6-0, 6-2 at the Santa Maria Country Club. Both players will move on to the CIF Sectionals.
Nipomo’s doubles team of Jordan Smith and Ernie Atilano finished fourth, after falling in the semifinals to Orcutt Academy 7-5, 6-2, and to Lompoc in the consolation match 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.
“I am so proud of these boys,” first year coach Teresa Downey said via email. “I am excited to see what we do in the next few years.”
Section playoff pairings announced
The CIF-Southern Section playoff matchups were announced Friday.
In Division 3, Mission Prep (8-10) will play at Foothill Technology (12-6) from the Tri-Valley League in the wild-card game Saturday at 7 p.m. If the Royals win, they will play Olympic League champ Valley Christian/Cerritos on Tuesday.
Also playing on Tuesday in Division 3, is PAC 8 runner-up San Luis Obispo (19-6), which will host Bishop Montgomery (14-14) of the Del Rey League at 7 p.m. PAC 8 champ Arroyo Grande will host the winner Saturday’s wild-card game between Whittier Christian and Bell Gardens.
In Division 4, Templeton will play at Yucaipa (13-6) from the Citrus Belt League at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Los Padres League runner-up Morro Bay (19-5) will host Kennedy (12-11) at 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo 6, Pioneer Valley 1
The Tigers (16-2 PAC 8) clinched their first PAC 8 title in four years behind Jeremy Jess, who was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Jess gave up two hits in 4 1/3 innings on the mound. He walked two and struck out five.
Cooper Benson was 2 for 2 with two RBI, and Tru Wells was 1 for 4 with two RBI.
Arroyo Grande 2, Atascadero 1
Arroyo Grande salvaged the final game of their three-game series with Atascadero this week with a walk-off win Friday night, thanks to a bases-loaded hit batsman in the bottom of the seventh.
Atascadero (13-12, 9-9 PAC 8) won the first two games of the series to re-establish itself as a contender for a PAC 8 playoff spot. With the win, Arroyo Grande (18-7, 12-5) maintains its hold on second place.
Atascadero jumped out ahead in the third inning on an RBI double by Tysen Delkener to drive in Lucas Sprouse. Delkener finished the game 1 for 3, while Sprouse went six innings on the mound and gave up three hits and struck out one.
Arroyo Grande tied the game in the fifth on a Noah Bullard home run. Greyhounds reliever Zach Javine came on in the seventh to allow the winning run.
Arroyo Grande takes on St. Joseph in a three-game series next week to conclude the regular season, while Atascadero faces a series with first-place San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo 5, Atascadero 4
Marissa Piatt was 1 for 4 with a triple and two RBI, and Hanna Murphy was 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Tigers at Atascadero.
Natalie Ziegler was 2 for 4 with a run, and Sami Good pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs. She had eight strikeouts.
Gibbs pitched 1 1/3 innings to pick up the save for San Luis Obispo (10-12-1, 6-5 PAC 8), which plays at St. Joseph on Tuesday.
Arroyo Grande 6, Pioneer Valley 1
Julie Lewis pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out 11 for the Eagles.
Arroyo Grande had 10 hits, including a home run by Kacie Berger, which ties her with teammate Bailey Killough for the team lead with nine for the year. Killough added a double, and had the Eagles’ first RBI of the day, Sam Oliver was 3 for 4 and Logan Nunes was 2 for 4.
Arroyo Grande (6-4 PAC 8, third place) takes on Atascadero on Tuesday.
Nipomo 5, Lompoc 3
The Titans avenged a 6-0 loss last week to the Conquistadores, scoring four runs in the first inning and handing Lompoc its first loss of the year.
Hope Goodall led off with a walk, followed by a single and a sacrifice bunt, which moved her to third. Gennae Abatti then executed a suicide squeeze to score Goodall. Kiesa Romero had a two-run single two batters later and Ahlijah Realin followed with an RBI single of her own to cap the four-run inning.
Lompoc responded with a pair of runs in the second before Goodall had an RBI single to extend the Titans’ lead to 5-2. Goodall struck out five in a complete game and gave up six hits.
Nipomo (13-10, 7-5 LPL) survived a bases-loaded scare in the seventh by turning a 5-2-3 double play on a sharply hit ball to end the game.
The fourth-place Titans play at Santa Maria on Tuesday.
Templeton 5, Santa Maria 1
Ashley Daugherty picked up the win, taking a no-hitter into the seventh with two outs before giving up an infield hit.
Daugherty had 15 strikeouts, two walks and allowed no earned runs.
Daugherty also had a home run, and teammate Sydney Barlogio had another.
Coast Union 10, Coastal Christian 0 (five innings)
Ellie Magnuson struck out 12 en route to her third no hitter of the year.
Magnuson also has a perfect game this season and had a one-hitter last week.
Ani Corbet had two hits, including a triple in the fifth after which she scored on a Reagan Kniffen single.
Ashley Martinez added a double and two RBI. The Broncos (12-5, 8-0 Coast Valley League) play Valley Christian on Tuesday and finish the league season Wednesday aginst Shandon.
TRACK AND FIELD
Los Padres League Meet (Thursday)
The Nipomo boys track and field team enjoyed a second-place finish on the boys side and a fourth-place finish on the girls side.
Garrett Morgan won the boys 800 meters in 2 minutes, 1 second, and Alex Enney won the 200 (23.18) running into a strong headwind, according to associate coach Lawrence Rucker.
Rogelio Flores won the 3,200 in 9:55.07, and the 4x400 team of Enney, Morgan, Zach Holland and Raul Angles was second in 3:32.
On the girls side, senior Jordynn Dorado won both the shot put and the discus, the only dual event winner for Nipomo on the day. Dorado won the discus with a toss of 116 feet, 3 inches, and had a personal best in the shot put at 40-1. Dorado threw 38 feet her first throw, followed by a 39-10 heave and had 40-1 on her final throw.
“It’s special when you see a foot at a time (each throw),” Rucker said. Rucker also said that Dorado had been hitting 40 feet in practice but had never done it in a meet.
The 4x100 team of Kim Knollenberg, Amaris Baxter, MacKenzie Bland and Kylie Mendez placed third, and Flor Fernandez was third in the 1,600 at 5:39.69. Freshman Abby Gutierrez was second in the 100 hurdles, and Bland was second in the 400 (1:01.73), losing by 0.04 seconds.
Madrid Holland, Jackie Lopez, MacKenzie Bland and Lauren Iliff finished second in the 4x400. Iliff was second in the high jump at 4-10.
All times and measurements mentioned qualified for the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 prelims, which will be held in Costa Mesa next Saturday.
“This is one of our smallest teams we’ve ever had,” Rucker said, “I’m looking forward to the future.”