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The Righetti Warriors boys volleyball team ran its record to 2-0 with a 3-1 win over the Pioneer Valley Panthers Thursday night at Righetti High.

Pioneer Valley won the first set 27-25 before Righetti won the next three, 25-13, 25-15 and 25-20.

“We got off to a really slow start,” said Righetti coach Charlie Koertge. “We made a whole bunch of service errors in the first set but then we got things going.”

Andrew White led the Warriors with 19 kills and four aces, Kellen Ernst had 11 kills, Ryan Lucas had eight kills and five aces and Clayton Smith had six aces.

Righetti has a week off before it begins play next Friday, March 1, at the Pioneer Valley Tournament.

Softball

St. Joseph 3, Mission Prep 1

St. Joseph Knights starting pitcher Skylar Johnson struck out 12 Mission Prep batters while issuing just two walks in a game play at Cuesta College.

“Skylar is great. She’s tough to hit,” said St. Joseph coach John Welch. “We lost a lot of seniors but I think we’ve got some really good players. I think we’ll still be known for our defense and that starts with our pitcher.”

The Knights got on the scoreboard in the second inning after a walk to Soleil Orca off Mission Prep’s Delanie Beavers. Paris Bartholomew came on as a pinch runner, stole second and scored on Zayda Altheide’s single to right field.

Mission Prep tied the score in the bottom of the fourth after Beavers walked, stole second and third and then scored on a groundout.

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“Beavers is a great pitcher,” said Welch. “And she’s quick. I don’t know how she stole those two bases. Boy, is she fast.”

The game was tied until the top of the seventh.

With Alyssa Eaker on base, Briana Munoz single to right, scoring Eaker. After a fielder’s choice put Munoz on second base, Johnson doubled with Munoz heading home.

Johnson struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory.

“There are a lot of good pitchers this year,” said Welch. “I think we’re going to see a lot more of these low-scoring games.”

St. Joseph (1-1) is scheduled to play Nipomo at Hagerman Field in Santa Maria on Friday.

Boys tennis 

Arroyo Grande 5, Clovis Buchanan 1

Playing before the downpour of rain and the arrival of hail and sleet, the Eagles managed to get all of their wins on the singles side to seal the home victory over the Bears. 

Joey Kullman won both of his games 6-1 and 6-4 as the Eagles' No. 1 option. Isaiah Sczbecki claimed two wins 6-1 and 6-3. Ethan Wolfe also picked up two wins by scores of 6-4 and 6-3. 

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Sports writer Lorenzo J. Reyna contributed to this report.

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Elliott Stern has worked at Lee Central Coast Newspapers for the last 18 years after more than 30 years working in television and radio news and sports.