Orcutt Academy 9, Santa Barbara 2
Danica Black had a perfect start to the softball season, going 4-for-4 with a double, triple and knocking in four runs in Orcutt Academy’s 9-2 victory in its season-opener at home against Santa Barbara High.
Santa Barbara scored a run in the top of the first inning but Orcutt Academy scored two in the bottom of the first to grab a lead it never relinquished.
Santa Barbara scored its second run in the top of the second but Orcutt Academy didn’t allow a run the rest of the way.
Meanwhile, Orcutt Academy scored two in the third inning and three in the fourth to break the game open.
Sophia Balas was Orcutt Academy’s starting pitcher, going one inning.
Black pitched the second.
Daisy Esparza came on in the third and got the winning for her two shutout innings.
Shawnie Flores closed it out with two more shutout innings.
Orcutt Academy (1-0) is off until next Tuesday when it visits Cambria’s Coast Union.
Bishop Diego 15, Valley Christian Academy 9
The Lions (0-1) out-hit the Cardinals 15-9 at VCA, but Bishop Diego spoiled the Lions' season opener.
The Cardinals capitalized on walks to get the win. The game was called after five innings because of darkness.
Kyra Tullos, Kassidy Heller and Hannah McCoy all had two hits and drove in two runs for VCA. Savannah Trenkle went 3-for-4 and drove in a VCA run.
Tullos and Trenkle both doubled.
Santa Maria 5, St. Joseph 1
A.J. Domingues hit a bases-clearing double in Santa Maria's five-run fourth inning, and the Saints evened their record to 1-1 with a win at home over their crosstown rival.
The Knights dropped to 0-2.
All of Santa Maria's three hits were RBIs. Luis Guerrero and Raymond Rodriguez both singled in a run in the fourth.
Tommy Herrera worked 6 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and an unearned run in the third. Santa Maria closer Guerrero got the last out and picked up the save.
Ojai Villanova Prep 9, Valley Christian Academy 8
OJAI — The Wildcats scored the winning run on a single in the bottom of the sixth. The game was called because of darkness at that point as the Lions dropped their season opener.
The Wildcats won despite being out-hit 10-4.
Andrew Sparlin went 4-for-4, with two doubles and two singles, and drove in two runs. Richard Matias was 3-for-3 with an RBI for VCA.
Orcutt Academy 9, Pioneer Valley 0
The Spartans won their season, and Ocean League, opener by blanking the Panthers at Pioneer Valley in this match between crosstown rivals and CIF Central Section newcomers.
Orcutt dropped just three singles games and two doubles games. Matthew Lopez won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles then teamed with Kris Gilbertson for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles.
William Jin and Jim Calhoun won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles after they both won singles matches, Jin by 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles and Calhoun by 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6.
Troy Fulton won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles then teamed with Skyler Grimnes for an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles.
San Marcos 6, Arroyo Grande 3
Gavin Silva won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles and teamed with Connor Angle for a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles for the Eagles (0-1) who dropped an out-of-section match to the Royals at Arroyo Grande.
The Eagles are in their first year in the CIF Central Section. The Royals play in the Southern Section. Since the match took place on the Eagles' courts, it followed a Central Section format.
Hancock 10, Bakersfield 4
Izzy Hernandez and Reed Odland drove in two runs apiece, Evan Kling went 4-for-4 with three doubles, and the Bulldogs (6-4) defeated the Renegades in a non-conference game at Hancock College.
Trevor Garcia (1-0) earned the win in his first decision of the year. Garcia, Hancock's starter, went five innings. He gave up three runs, all unearned, and three hits.
Cabrillo 3, Orcutt Academy 1
The Conquistadores opened the year at 1-0 with their road victory over the Spartans. Set scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-20 at the Lakeview Junior High gym on Tuesday evening.
Chris Campos finished with seven service aces, 22 assists and two blocks. Sophomore Cade McNamee pounded seven kills and delivered one block. Jericho Guron finished with nine digs and five service aces.
Cabrillo will host Nipomo on Wednesday at 6 p.m.