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Apr 04

Templeton baseball/Nipomo softball showing small schools can play

For most of the year, Templeton and Nipomo have looked up to the big boys and girls in the county in local sports.

When it comes to football, volleyball, basketball, and other fall and winter sports, those two have a tough time competing against the Arroyo Grandes and Atascaderos of the world.

And that’s understandable considering the PAC 7 schools are more than twice as big in student enrollment.

But this year in baseball, watch out for the Eagles, who are nearly perfect, losing only once so far this season in their 10-1 campaign (3-0 LPL). And already, Templeton has beaten San Luis Obispo and Atascadero and placed third in the Atascadero Easter Tournament this week.

The Eagles’ stars include senior Michael Frigon who’s hitting close to .600 thus far. Tyrus Yamagata and Andy Garretson both are hitting over .400 and Garretson is posting a 2.15 ERA in six appearances. Freshman Mac Lardner is 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA to lead the staff.

As for Nipomo, will they be beaten this season? Not if Courtney Cuzick has anything to say about it. The senior pitcher, heading to Penn next year, has won eight of the Titans 10 games and struck out 99 batters while posting a 0.52 ERA. Nipomo is 10-0 on the season. Junior Ashley Ruiz is batting .448 with a home run and 10 RBI and Dystiny Fryckman is at .467 with a homer and 5 RBI.

Nipomo’s victims this season have included Arroyo Grande, Atascadero twice, and Paso Robles.

It’s cool to see a little role reversal in terms of local dominance, and to see the underdogs’ bark get a little bit louder.

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