The San Luis Obispo softball team beat St. Joseph 12-0 in five innings on Tuesday and will make the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Marissa Piatt led the way, going 3 for 3 with two home runs and five RBI. Piatt connected for a three-run home run in the first inning and had a two-run shot in the second. She now has three homers on the year.
Hanna Murphy was 3 for 4 with an RBI, and Peyton Braun was 2 for 3 with two RBI. The Tigers had 16 hits in the victory.
The Tigers started the season 0-2 but rallied to finish 4-0.
“At the beginning of the year I never expected us to be here,” head coach Dan Monroe said.
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Sami Good and Hanna Gibbs combined for a two-hit shutout for the Tigers (11-12-1), whose 7-5 league record is their best since 2008.
Atascadero 1, Arroyo Grande 0
The Greyhounds scored a run in the top of the seventh, which proved to be the difference despite nine strikeouts by Arroyo Grande’s Julie Lewis.
Atascadero freshman Taylor Herzig singled to bring home Megan McClain from second base, who reached on an error. McClain is nursing a leg injury, according to head coach Darin Traverso, and plays with a brace on her leg.
“It was funny that the smallest player on the team had the biggest hit of the game,” Traverso said. “Both literally and figuratively.”
Sally Bowles gave up four hits and had three strikeouts in a complete game for Atascadero (9-2 PAC 8), which plays Pioneer Valley tomorrow
Lewis pitched a complete game and allowed only the unearned run. Sam Oliver was 2 for 3 for the Eagles.
“(Catcher) Kacie Bozarth caught a great game,” Arroyo Grande head coach John Welch said, whose team drops to 7-5 in league. “She didn’t let anything go by her.”
Arroyo Grande wraps up the league season on Wednesday against St. Joseph.
Nipomo 5, Santa Maria 4
The Titans hung on to clinch a spot in the playoffs against a pesky Santa Maria team that wouldn’t go away. Kiesa Romero was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and a lead-off double that led to the winning run for Nipomo.
Diana Deleon was 2 for 2 with two runs scored, and Hope Goodall pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs, with three strikeouts.
With a win on Thursday over Santa Maria and a Cabrillo loss, the Titans (14-10, 8-5 Los Padres League) would move into third place but are guaranteed at least fourth.
Templeton 5, Orcutt Academy 0
Ashley Daugherty struck out 20 of the 24 batters she faced in a complete-game two-hitter to get the win.
Daugherty also had a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Kathleen Cline had a two-run double in the fifth. Lilly Knight added another run for the Eagles.
Coast Union 8, Valley Christian 4
Coast Union clinched a Coast Valley League championship with a dramatic extra-inning win over league rival Valley Christian Academy.
Annie Corbett and Maddie May each hit home runs for Coast Union, and the game was tied 4-4 heading into the top of the seventh inning.
Deanna Cisneros singled and scored two runs to spark the four-run inning. Ellie Magnuson tossed a four hitter on the mound for the Broncos.
Coast Union (9-0 CVL) wraps up the regular season at home against Shandon at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Arroyo Grande 4, St. Joseph 1
Zach Mosley pitched a complete game, surrendering just four hits, with three strikeouts and allowed one unearned run. Nash Ackerman was 1 for 3 with two runs scored, and Jake Shusterich was 1 for 2 with two RBI.
Arroyo Grande (19-8, 13-6 PAC) plays at St. Joseph on Wednesday.
San Luis Obispo 5, Atascadero 0
The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Tru Wells and a two-run single by Noah Cracknell. Jake Maino went 2 for 3 with double, an RBI and scored a run.
Jake Rodgers struck out three in six innings and allowed eight hits and no walks.
Atascadero was led by Lucas Sprouse, who was 2 for 4 with a triple, and Sean Moller, Nolan Meredith and Nathan Meredith each had a pair of hits.
Pioneer Valley 6, Mission Prep 5
Andy Boncich was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs scored, and Martin Salas struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings for the Royals. Salas allowed only three earned runs, and Mission Prep led 4-0 at one point.
Freshman Dylan Beavers hit his second home run of the year and had two RBI, and Sage Pera had a double and an RBI. The Royals left 10 runners on base.
Mission Prep plays at Pioneer Valley on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m..
Righetti 6, Paso Robles 1
All the Bearcats (18-10,12-7 PAC 8) could manage was an unearned run in the fifth on a two-out run by Seth Matthysse. He also had two of Paso Robles’ four hits. Christian Erickson doubled, and Mark Armstrong added a single.
Jeff Newman pitched a complete game in the loss. Paso Robles hosts Righetti at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.