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Ryan Delgado persevered and Righetti out-defensed St. Joseph Friday.

Thus, the Warriors beat the Knights 6-3 and took this Foster Road series two games to one. Righetti won the last two games of the series and broke a pattern of the road team winning every game of the series.

That was how it went when Righetti won the PAC 8 League series two games to one last year, and that's how it was in the first two games of this one.

All of Righetti's runs were unearned, and a St. Joseph rally in the top of the seventh fell short.

With two runs in, runners on second and third and Righetti coach Brian Tomooka watching intently from the top step of his dugout, Delgado got Isaac Baez to fly to right to end it, finishing Delgado's four-hit complete game.

"We had our guy ready. Jacob Bischoff did a terrific job for us yesterday and he got the save in the seventh," in an 8-6 Righetti win at St. Joseph, Tomooka said.

"He was ready. But we trusted Ryan in that situation, and he delivered."

Righetti moved to 9-7, 5-4. St. Joseph is 10-8, 4-5.

There were two earned runs in the game, and the Knights got them both. However, St. Joseph committed three errors and Righetti didn't make any.

Leading 3-1, the Warriors got three in the bottom of the sixth. Sutton Tompkins, who led off with a single, scored the eventual winning run on a wild pitch by St. Joseph right-hander Alex Ontiveros.

Luke Ramos came home on an error, and Weston Hammell singled in another run.

The Knights had Tompkins picked off second base earlier in the inning, but they botched the rundown and Tompkins dived into third base safely. Ramos made it to second on the play, so instead of the Knights getting an out the Warriors got a double steal.

With the only extra base hit of the game, Mike Enos doubled lead-off batter Roman Martinez to third for the Knights in the top of the seventh. Martinez came home on a force play and the second out then Zach Morris drew a walk.

Morris and Jacob Galloway advanced a base on the passed ball with Baez at bat but then Delgado go the last out on the fly to right.

"The fastball was my main 'out' pitch today," said Delgado, a sophomore and a first-year varsity player who notched his first complete game of the year.   

After giving up a lead-off infield single to Dominic Partida and a two-out single by Jamison Stahl that plated Partida in the first for the first run of the game, Delgado didn't allow another hit until Stahl singled with two outs in the sixth.

However, after getting the first out in the fifth. Delgado started leaving his pitches up. He worked around three walks that inning, getting a ground out for the third out.

Delgado steadied after that. "I didn't change my delivery," despite struggling in the fifth, he said.   

Righetti had three RBIs in the game and designated hitter Bryan Rivera, the No. 8 hitter in the Warriors' lineup, had two of them.

Rivera singled home Jake Steele, who led off the bottom of the second with a single, and Joseph Hernandez came around to score from second on an error on the play.

Rivera put down a sweet squeeze bunt in the third and Hernandez, who reached base on a throwing error, scored on the play.

"Alex threw well enough for us to win," St. Joseph coach Cody Smith said afterward. Ontiveros pitched six innings and allowed six hits.

"You had to like the way our guys battled back. We had the tying run at the plate and that's all you can ask for."

Smith said, "One game is not going to define us."

Righetti moved into a third-place tie with Paso Robles in a tightly-bunched five-team pack behind first-place San Luis Obispo (14-3, 8-1). The Warriors will open a three-game series with the Tigers at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Luis Obispo.

St. Joseph will host Paso Robles at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to open a three-game series between those two teams.  

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Sports Reporter