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Atascadero earns right to rematch

Posted: Saturday, Jun 28th, 2014

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero Little League All-Stars look to get revenge against the Arroyo Grande All-Stars on Thursday for Monday’s loss at Paloma Creek Park.

In order to earn the chance, Atascadero needed to win against Los Osos on Wednesday, with minimal use on key pitchers.

Atascadero went down, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the second inning, but then went on a 20-1 rally to put the game in the bag.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Koeninger said. “We worked really hard. Sometimes it was almost 95 degrees out, and we practiced for three hours.”

Five runs in the second inning put Atascadero back on top, but it was 14 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning that put the game away.

Chance Viale hit an RBI to bat in Cullen Cooper in the bottom of the third to give Atascadero a 7-4 lead, then the host team went ballistic in the bottom of the fourth.

Atascadero hit well, ran bases well, and took advantage of every mistake that Los Osos made to put a large cushion between the scores. Nick Berna hit an RBI stand-up double. Blake Simonin hit a hopper to score Berna from third. On and on it went, as double after double drove in scores for Atascadero. Lucas Holden sent a shot against the center field fence to drive in the 18th run for Atascadero as they ran away to a 21-6 win.

“We won on Saturday,” Koeninger said, “then suffered a disappointing loss on Monday. We bounced back today, and now we are in a position where we can beat Arroyo Grande.”

Everything Atascadero did on Wednesday was with respect to Thursday’s game they were working so hard for.

For the complete article see the 06-27-2014 issue.

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