Greyhounds fall to Tigers

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SLO no. 1 ranked team in Division 1

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Atascadero Greyhounds baseball team have their toughest two-game series of the week this week as they face their Mountain League opponent San Luis Obispo Tigers. The Tigers are the top-ranked team in Division 1 of the CIF Central Section according to Maxpreps and the Hounds have caught them at a bad time as they dropped their first game of the season last week at Paso Robles. The Tigers are 12-1 overall and have two players in Cooper Benson and Brooks Lee that could go in the early rounds in the upcoming MLB draft and ran away with Tuesday’s game 9-1.

It was an away game with the rare home atmosphere as the girls softball team was also facing the Tigers on Tuesday and playing just a few paces past the outfield fence of the boys stadium. Bright orange attire could be spotted sprinkled around both diamonds as fans could stand between the two and watch the action.

Dan Treur got the start for the Tigers and mixed it up on the Hounds who experienced SLO’s excellent defense as nearly every ball they put into play was cleanly fielded while the team in orange record six defensive errors. Atascadero only recorded three hits on the afternoon but when they were able to land one in play they hit it far with two of their three hits going for doubles.

Atascadero scored their lone run in the top of the fourth inning and was started by Tavis Hammond who drew a leadoff walk. Next at the plate was Evyn Lade who hit a ground ball to first and reached due to an error, however, Hammond was thrown out trying to swipe third. Justin Vose was next in the box and roped a double to centerfield giving the Hounds two runners in scoring position with only one out. Vose would never reach home plate in the inning, Blake Simonin drove in Lade on a ground ball to the shortstop but Vose was held at second and the inning would end with the next batter.

Vose, Lade and Colby Stokes were the three Greyhounds that recorded a hit on Tuesday.

Senior Cade VanAllen got the start for Atascadero on the mound and pitched the first three innings of the game and Lade finished it out. It was not the pitching that led to the nine-run outing for the Tigers as the two boys together only allowed one earned run, it was the six errors that led to eight unearned runs that killed the Hounds on Tuesday night.

VanAllen finished his three innings of work giving up four hits, striking out four and walking three according to GameChanger. Three of the four hits came in the bottom of the first inning and combined with two errors, the Tigers were able to put three quick runs on the board.

VanAllen settled in after the first inning and only one more run scored while he was on the mound. A dropped deep fly ball in the bottom of the fourth inning blew the game open for the Tigers who eventually took the game 9-1.

Atascadero is now 2-11 on the season and 1-4 in the Mountain League but will get their second crack at the Tigers at home on Friday afternoon. Park at your own risk as the Tigers might have Benson on the mound which could lead to some late swings and some screaming foul balls. After the Tigers, the Hounds will face Paso Robles for a two-game series.


Photos by Connor Allen

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