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Mar 20, 2013 12:27 AM by Andrew Masuda

Eagles win league opener against rival Tigers 11-2

A.J. Cipolla went 4 for 5 to lead the Eagles' 15-hit attack as the Arroyo Grande baseball team won its Pac 7 League opener 11-2 at San Luis Obispo on Tuesday afternoon.

The Eagles improved to 1-0 in league, while the Tigers fell to 1-3.

The Tigers scored first in the bottom of the first inning when Sinjin Todd came home after he led of the frame by getting hit by a pitch.

Arroyo Grande erupted for four runs in the third after there were two outs and nobody on base. Cipolla and Dylan Azevedo singled. Ryan Teixeira grounded to second base for what should have been the third out, but Nick Hill's throw to first base sailed over the first baseman's head allowing Cipolla and Azevedo to score to give AG a 2-1 lead. Kyle Brown followed with a smash down the first base line to score Teixeira, who would have been out at the plate, but the catcher could not hold on to the throw to the plate. Grant Alton followed with a triple to the gap to drive in Brown and cap a 4 run inning.

The Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the third when Garrett Giovannelli flaired a basehit to right with a runner at second. Nick Hill came into score on an error by right fielder to make it a 4-2 game.

AG scored two more in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Alton and a run-scoring single from Ben Rydberg. The Eagles broke it open in the sixth with a 2-run double by Azevedo and a RBI groundout from Brown to make it a 9-2 lead.

Cipolla capped his four hit effort with a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Chris Davidson, Azevedo, Brown, Alton and Rydberg each had 2 hits for the Eagles.

Senior Cole Steverson scattered 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 3 to earn the win for the Eagles with 6 solid innings. Connor Leachman, a sophomore, pitched the seventh to seal the win.

The Tigers committed four errors, which led to several unearned runs, including all of AG's in the third inning.

The three game series continues Wednesday at Arroyo Grande High with the finale hosted by SLO High on Friday afternoon.

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