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Mar 20, 2013 11:52 PM by Andrew Masuda

Kirkpatrick strikes out 9 in Atascadero win over Paso Robles

Bryan Kirkpatrick struck out nine in a complete game win as Atascadero High baseball beat rival Paso Robles 6-1 in a Pac 7 League game on Wednesday. The Greyhounds, who won the series opener on a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh inning, improved to 2-0 in league and 5-3 overall. The Bearcats fell to 0-2 in league and 2-4 for the season.

The Hounds go for the league opening series sweep Friday at Atascadero High.

Paso Robles struck first in the bottom of the first when leadoff hitter Bailey Gaither reached on an error. The sophomore stole second and third base and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Ben Mecham.

Atascadero regained the lead for good in the second inning against pitcher Jonathan Baldwin. Sam Neely, Ethan Hicks and Corbin Meikle singled consecutively to lead off the frame. Meikle's hit scored Neely to tie the game 1-1. Hicks later scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Tyler Moore to give the Hounds a 2-1 lead. It stayed that way until the fourth when Hicks was hit by a pitch to lead off the top half. Garrett Mills doubled to left to score Hicks and make it a 3-1 lead. Dylan Casebolt made it a 4-1 Hounds lead with a basehit to left to score Mills.

Atascadero added two more insurance runs in the sixth when Hicks led off with a single and promptly scored on a triple down the right field line from Meikle. The senior first baseman, Meikle, later scored on a sacrifice fly to left field from Mills to cap the scoring.

The Hounds collected 10 hit. Kirkpatrick, Hicks and Meikle had two hits apiece. Hicks, a sophomore, scored 3 times. Meikle drove in two runs on the day.

The Bearcats were held to five hits by Kirkpatrick. The senior right-hander walked just one hitter and ended the game with his ninth and final strikeout.

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