Buhach Colony baseball stymied by Turlock

Bulldog pitchers dominate Thunder

March 13, 2013 

— A strong pitching performance by Adam Voumard and three-run double by Austin Bush propelled Turlock to a 5-1 win over Buhach Colony in the Central California Conference opener for both teams on Wednesday afternoon.

Voumard continued the impressive run by Turlock pitching to start the season.

“Our pitchers have been doing a pretty good job,” said Bulldogs coach Mark de la Motte, whose team won its seventh straight game to improve to 7-1 overall.

“We’ve had some really good pitchers in the past. They’ve all wanted to go out and out do each other. It’s a good thing.

“We had a couple good guys waiting in the wing if (Voumard) faltered.”

The Bulldogs have thrown three shutouts and have only given up eight runs in eight games.

Both Voumard and Buhach Colony right-hander Kaden Verdin struggled with their command early as they tried to adjust to the strike zone.

Voumard settled in and gave up only one hit in the final three innings. Verdin pitched out of some early jams caused by some of his seven walks and one hit batter.

Turlock pushed across one of those walks for a run in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Voumard.

The Thunder (5-4 overall) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Daulton Jefferies scored on a ground ball off the bat of Brandon Young.

“Nick kind of found his groove in the fourth inning or so,” de la Motte said. “I think we let some things we can’t control bother us. Once he was able to get over that is easier to play the game.”

The Thunder opened the door for the Bulldogs in the top of the fifth. Verdin walked the leadoff hitter and hit the next batter to set the table.

Turlock’s Adam Groesbeck then greeted reliever Jonathan Ruiz with a bunt. Ruiz tried to get the lead runner on third, but Gavin Gaffaney beat the throw.

Bush then laced a bases-clearing double to center field to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead. Voumard later plated Bush with a single to extend the lead to 5-1.

“Good teams will do that, it should hurt when you walk us too,” said Buhach Colony coach Greg Wakefield. “I thought they did a better job of being in the strike zone early in counts.”

Wakefield put some of the blame on himself because he’s been tinkering with lineups all season and he hasn’t allowed players to get comfortable in the lineup.

“I’ve got to do a better job of preparing us to play,” Wakefield said. “I don’t think I had our guys focused. There’s not knowing the lineup and I had two or three guys in spots they haven’t been in before. Some of it is on me.”

The two teams will face again on Friday in Turlock with a marquee pitching matchup between the Bulldogs’ Tyler Murphy and Buhach Colony’s Daulton Jefferies.

“Hopefully we can put the bat on the ball against him,” de la Motte said. “He’s dominant and we know it.”

Pitman 6, Golden Valley 0

TURLOCK -- The Pride's Jordan Gonzalez could do little wrong on Wednesday afternoon.

The senior struck out 14 and only allowed an infield single to Damien Jimenez in a complete-game shutout of Golden Valley.

Pitman's Kody Brackett was 3 for 3 with a double in the win.

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