SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Paso Robles High School baseball team (8-6) handed the San Luis Obispo Tigers (11-1) their first loss of the season on March 20 when they beat them at Barnhart field 9-3. SLO is currently the top-ranked team in Division 1 of the Central Section and entered the game against the Bearcats at 10-0 and had only given up more than five or more runs in two of the games in their win streak with nine being the most they have allowed this entire season.
Paso Robles jumped on the Tigers early hanging six runs on the top team in the first two innings while only allowing one to come across their home plate. The Bearcats opened the game with a walk drawn by Seth Maldonado and a bunt by Lucas Climer, down the third
Tigers senior pitcher Carson Silacci started the second inning off with another leadoff walk and the Bearcats followed it up with three straight base hits by Ryan Harvell, Dylan Castellanos
The Tigers struck back with a vengeance on Friday when they hosted the Bearcats for the second game of the week. Friday night SLO put their ace on the mound in senior Cooper Benson that will almost certainly be a future MLB draft pick and is projected by some reports to go in the second round of the upcoming draft and the hard-throwing lefty made it hard on the ‘Cats. Benson pitched a complete game scattering four runs and striking out 11 without walking a single runner.
Wednesday night the Bearcats moved onto their second Mountain League opponent and will face the St. Joseph Knights before their series against the rival Greyhounds.