Hounds fall in the first round

LOS ANGELES-- The Greyhounds season came to end Tuesday afternoon as they fell to Sierra Vista High School 4-0 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. Atascadero finished the season with an 18-11 record overall and went to the playoffs as the No. 2 team in the PAC 8 with a 14-7 record in the league.

Atascadero traveled to Los Angeles to play Sierra Vista in the first round — the  No. 1 team from the Montview league — and finished the regular season with a record of 19-5.

Atascadero started Shayne Johnson on the mound and the senior went six innings, allowing four earned runs. The Greyhounds had baserunners and some strong batters but continued to hit the ball right at the Sierra Vista players.

The Dons turned two double plays in the game which hurt the Hounds chances to score and Atascadero left the bases loaded once.

This was the first season for head coach Jonathon Thornhill and he was at the center of the Hounds’ massive turnaround this season. Atascadero started the season very slowly, only winning three of their first seven games, while also dealing with a couple of rainouts.

Over the Easter break at the beginning of April, the Hounds held their annual Easter Baseball Classic and Thornhill brought up a couple of players from the junior varsity to play with the varsity. The Hounds didn't even finish in the top three in the tournament but they were also the only team using a mix of players.

After the tournament, Thornhill talked about the moves as a way to build some depth and get everyone in rhythm because so many of their games had been canceled and the players were not getting their at-bats.

After a colossal meltdown in the third-place game in the Easter Tournament where the Hounds got ten-run-ruled in an inning which they entered leading by one run, Atascadero made a complete 180-degree turn.

Following the loss, the Hounds reeled off three straight series sweeps including one of bitter rival Paso Robles where newly brought up from JV pitcher Justin Vose contributed crunch time minutes.

This was Atascadero’s last season in the CIF Southen Section and thus the final trip they will have to make down south for a playoff baseball game. Next year the Hounds join the CIF Central Section.


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