The Hancock College softball team dropped two games over the last two days and saw its playoff hopes take a hit in the process.
The Bulldogs lost 5-1 at Western State Conference North Division leader Bakersfield Thursday and fell 7-5 to Taft in a non-conference game at home Friday.
Bakersfield (29-6, 11-1) solidified its spot at the top of the WSC North standings with its win Thursday. Meanwhile, third-place Hancock (17-13-1, 8-3) dropped a game behind second-place Ventura and a game back in the chase for the second of two of the WSC North's guaranteed playoff spots.
The Bulldogs have three league games left. The top three teams in the WSC North standings are the only ones that have a chance at a guaranteed playoff spot.
Hancock would lose a tiebreaker with Ventura, because the Pirates swept the teams' two-game series. Bakersfield and Hancock split their season series.
The Renegades' Kylee Fahy (26-4) one-hit the Bulldogs in a complete game Thursday. Hancock pitcher Bailey Killough had the Bulldogs' lone hit, a single. Hancock scored an unearned run in the fourth.
Killough gave up nine hits and three earned runs in her five innings of work. Aryka Chavez went 3-for-4 for the Renegades, with a double and two RBIs.
Taft (11-22) overcame five errors to beat the Bulldogs on Hancock's diamond Friday.
Courtney Zimmerman hit a two-run home run for the Cougars off Hancock's Hannah Diaz in the third. Allie Dobbs, Andrea Garner and Brinley Rosenberger all had two hits for Taft. Rosenberger tripled home a run in the second. Dobbs and Garner had an RBI apiece.
Zaiden Bakke had two hits for Hancock. Mallory Townsend had an RBI triple.
It has been a rough April for the Bulldogs. They have lost five of their six games this month. The Bulldogs will host Moorpark at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a WSC North game.
Nipomo 10, Santa Maria 0
The Nipomo Titans shut out the Santa Maria Saints in a Los Padres League softball game at Nipomo High that was cut to five innings because of the run rule.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Titans scored four runs.
They closed it out with a six-run fifth inning.
Diana DeLeon led off the fifth with a single.
"Then we went back-to-back-to-back," said Nipomo coach Matt Paradis.
They kept singling until DeLeon came up again with the bases loaded and the score 9-0. DeLeon lined a shot down the right field line for an inside-the-park home run.
"But the game actually ended when out first runner crossed home plate, giving us a 10-0 lead," said Paradis. "So Diana actually had a walk-off single."
Also coming up big for the Titans; Ahlijah Realin went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI, Lisette Coria went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Mimi Wolf went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Wolf also pitched a complete-game five-hitter with six strikeouts for her first complete-game shutout of the season.
Nipomo (6-9, 2-3 LPL) is home next Tuesday to LPL leader Templeton. Santa maria will be on the road at Morro Bay that day.
Valley Christian Academy 17, Maricopa 10
VCA's Dominique Navarrete pitched a complete-game, two-hitter and struck out 10 Maricopa batters in a Coast Valley League game in Santa Maria.
Maricopa was leading 8-7 after the top of the fourth but Valley Christian responded with five-runs in both the fourth and fifth inning to put the game away.
Savannah Trenkle, Kyra Tullos and Alba Diaz each had two hits for VCA (1-2, 1-1 CVL).
VCA plays at Shandon on Tuesday.
Righetti 8, Paso Robles 4
The Warriors (4-7, 3-3) scored a big PAC 8 League win at home over the third-place Bearcats (7-6, 3-2).
Ariel Ingram snapped a 4-4 tie when she doubled in the winning run in a four-run Righetti sixth. Maddie Gamble singled in a run, and two more scored on a throwing error.
Righetti right-hander Gaby Arellano worked a 1-2-3 seventh to finish a complete game. Third baseman Riley Millan reached high to snag a hard-hit line drive and end it.
Valley Christian Academy 20, Maricopa 0
VCA scored five runs in the first inning, eight more in the second and never looked back in a Coast Valley League victory at home over Maricopa in a game shortened to five innings because of the run rule.
Three VCA pitchers combined on a two-hitter; starter Timmy Trenkle, Andrew Sparlin and closer Sam Moore.
VCA had 15 hits with doubles from Sparlin and Richard Matias to go with 13 singles.
Valley Christian only recorded one putout at first base in the game on a line drive to the first baseman.
VCA's pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts, one Maricopa runner was picked off second base and another was caught stealing. The rest of Maricopa's out were on fly balls.
VCA (1-1 CVL) plays at Shandon on Tuesday.
Santa Ynez 7, Nipomo 6 (8 innings)
After seeing the Titans come from 6-1 down to tie it in the fifth, Dustin Gregg gave the Pirates a Los Padres League win with an exquisite squeeze bunt in the bottom of the eighth that plated Ethan Usher.
"It was a beautiful bunt," Santa Ynez coach Warren Dickey said. "They didn't have a play on it."
The Pirates worked overtime to get the win after the Titans tied it in the fifth with what Dickey said with a chuckle was "a litany of walks, hit batsman and (run-scoring) ground outs.
"They're very competitive," Dickey said of the Titans. "They gave us all we could handle this series."
The Pirates won the series two games to one and moved to 13-5, 9-3. The fourth-place Titans are 9-11, 7-6.
Usher led off the bottom of the eighth with a single before he eventually scored the winning run. He was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Santa Maria 5, Orcutt Academy 3
Isiah Garcia pitched a four-hit complete game and was 2-for-4 with a run scored, as the Saints (10-9, 6-7) took the series between the teams two games to one in this Los Padres League game at Santa Maria.
Santa Maria won for the fourth time in its last five games, and the 2017 CIF Southern Section Division 7 champions moved within a game of fourth-place Nipomo with eight league games left.
The top four LPL teams at the end of the regular season will be guaranteed playoff berths.
Tommy Herrera went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Santa Maria. Marc Estrada had two RBIs and Julius Esparza had one. Trevor Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double for the Saints.
Righetti girls 215, St. Joseph 60
Righetti boys 221, St. Joseph 58
Righetti's teams rolled to wins over their St. Joseph counterparts in PAC 8 League action at Righetti.
Righetti's boys moved to 6-0, 5-0. Righetti's girls are 4-2, 3-2.
The victorious Warriors won every event. Chelsey Kang went four-for-four, winning the girls open 50 freestyle in 28.24 seconds, the 500 freestyle in 5:55.64 and swimming a leg for Righetti's winning 200 and 400 free relay squads.
Denise Dominguez also went four-for-four for the Righetti girls. She anchored both of the winning relay teams Kang swam for and took the open 200 freestyle in 2:10.62 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.12.
Sydney Morris led off for the 200 free relay team. She also won the 100 butterfly in 1:14.36. Other Righetti girls open event winners included Quinn McGinty in the 200 individual medley (2:33.11), Isabella Fraire in the 100 free (1:05.86) and Madeline Ordonez in the 100 back (1:20.53).
Ordonez, Haley Wilson, Ella Hood and Jennifer Ho teamed for a 2:18.98 in the 200 medley relay. Ashley Morawitz swam the second leg for the 200 free relay squad that won in 1:52.57, and also swam the second leg for the 400 free relay team that won in 4:14.68.
Simon Goldin and Ean Weaver doubled for the Righetti boys, with Goldin winning the 50 freestyle in 22.88 and the 500 freestyle in 5:20.59, and Weaver taking the 100 freestyle in 51.18 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.76.
Other Righetti open event winners included Andrew Park in the 200 freestyle (1:59.08), Ryan Luicas in the 200 individual medley (2:14.71), Ryan Trenev in the 100 butterfly (57.81) and Daniel Rodriguez in the 100 back (1:06.78).
David Valencia, Park, Trenev and Kai Karamitsos teamed for a 1:51.39 in the 200 medley relay. Valencia, Trey Watkins, Noah Wasylychyn and Lucas clocked a 1:38.49 in the 200 free relay, and Tyler Almaguer, Wasylychyn, Weaver and Carson Silva teamed for a 3:35.4 in the 400 freestyle relay.