The high school baseball season has arrived.

Santa Ynez kicked off its 2018 season with a doubleheader at Pioneer Valley Saturday.

The Pirates won their season opener 7-0 over the Panthers, then dropped the second game of the doubleheader 10-9.

In the opener, Cole Knightley went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs for Santa Ynez, which banged out nine runs in the win.

Senior Colin Jamison had a pair of RBIs. 

Travis Welker, now a senior, scored three times while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Junior Justin Koslosky scored twice.

Knightley had a triple for the Pirates' lone extra-base hit.

Welker stole two bases.

On the mound, senior Dustin Atchinson started and allowed just one hit over four innings while striking out six batters.

Senior Ben Moore closed out the game with three innings on the mound, also allowing just one hit while striking out two.

In the 10-9 loss to Pioneer Valley, Welker went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Knightley had three RBIs in that game.

Sophomore Tyler Rasmussen and junior Casey Hickman scored two runs each. 

Senior Ethan Usher had two RBIs. 

The Pirates struck out just twice in the game.

Knightley, a junior, started the game on the mound and took the loss after pitching 1 2-3 innings. Knightley allowed two hits and three runs, one of which was earned. 

Usher pitched in relief for one innings and allowed four runs, one of which was earned. 

The Pirate pitchers issued eight walks as a unit and struck out nine. 

The Pirates committed five errors as a team. Pioneer Valley committed three, but scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab a win away from Santa Ynez.

The Pirates had 13 hits in the game. They began Los Padres League play Tuesday against Morro Bay. LPL play, in the season-opening tournament, continues Thursday with a game at Cabrillo.

The Pirates have a doubleheader scheduled at Carpinteria Saturday.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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