Arrroyo Grande senior right-hander Julie Lewis helped herself at the plate a lot Friday.

She wasn't bad on the mound, either.

Lewis put the Eagles ahead for good with a grand slam in the fifth inning in the midst of a 4-for-4 day at the plate in which she drove in six runs. She pitched a four-hit complete game as Arroyo Grande beat Righetti 11-3 in a PAC 8 League game at Righetti.

The Eagles (11-4, 5-3) moved into a third-place tie with the Warriors (8-9, 5-3) and Atascadero to open the second half of league play. Arroyo Grande swept its two-game series with Righetti.

The shot Lewis hit over the center field fence off Righetti reliever Mackenzie Kestler put Arroyo Grande ahead 6-2, and the Eagles pulled away thereafter.

"That was the first grand slam of my high school career," said Lewis.

"With the wind blowing the way it was, I was trying to keep the ball on the ground. Except for the home run. The home run was lucky."

Kestler came in for Righetti starter Gaby Arellano with the Eagles ahead 2-1 with runners on first and third and one out in the fourth. Kestler got the Warrriors out of that spot, but the Eagles struck for six runs in the fifth.

Lewis' slam was the highlight. She doubled home two more runs in the sixth.

"Julie helped herself a lot with the stick today," said Arroyo Grande coach John Welch. "I was very proud of her for the way she played today."

Lewis said the 4-for-4, six-RBI day was her best day at the plate so far this season.

She did not give up an earned run until Delanie Wisz hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh.

Arroyo Grande committed three errors, and the Eagles found themselves tied 2-2 with the Warriors after four innings despite having out-hit the home team 7-1 at that point.

The Warriors did not have a hit against Lewis until Kestler singled with one out in the fourth. Adiana Pacheco brought the Warriors to 2-2 with a sacrifice fly that inning.

Designated hitter Gabby Loui drove in Arroyo Grande's first two runs. Loui hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth.

She finished with two hits and three RBIs. Loui doubled home a run in the sixth. 

Loui is a freshman.

"It wasn't easy playing on the varsity at first," she said. "I'd go home crying. I thought some of the older girls were bossing me around.

"It turned out they were just trying to help me. The advice the older players have given me has really helped me."

Paso Robles leads a tight PAC 8 race at 7-1. San Luis Obispo is second at 6-2. Righetti is the defending league champion.

"I'm proud of our PAC 8," said Welch. "Mike (Righetti coach Roberson) has built a fantastic team, and all of the coaches in the league are working very hard with their players to build good teams."

Loui, Sam Oliver, Bri Sa and Kacie Burger all had two hits for the Eagles. Oliver's hits were doubles, and one of those went for an RBI. Sara Eguiluz's lone hit was an RBI single for Arroyo Grande.

Both teams will host tournaments next Friday. The Eagles will play Woodland Christian at 1 p.m. and Diamond Bar at 4:30 p.m. at the Arroyo Grande Tournament. Righetti will host the Best of the West Tournament next Friday and Saturday at Hagerman Sports Complex.

Boys tennis

Orcutt Academy 12, Dunn 6 (Thursday)

Kyle Wells and Matt Lopez swept three doubles sets for the Spartans (5-11) as they defeated the Earwigs in a non-league match at Hancock College.

Griffin Wells and Stephen Hall won two doubles sets for Orcutt. Chayce Donovan and Luke Rowe both earned two singles points for the Spartans.

Julien Deck swept his sets 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 for the Earwigs. Sijan Fowler and Gabriel Curvacho won doubles sets for Dunn. 


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