TURLOCK — Tyler Murphy threw a two-hit shutout as the Turlock High baseball team ran its school-record winning streak to 19 games with an 8-0 victory over Central California Conference rival Pitman on Friday.
"We're making the routine plays, with some great pitching," said Bulldogs coach Mark de la Motte. "We don't try to do too much. This game is hard enough as it is.
Maybe, but Murphy, who has signed to attend St. Mary's in the fall, made it look easy as he whiffed 10 in Turlock's second straight shutout of the Pride. The Bulldogs (19-1, 10-0 CCC) won 9-0 across town at Turlock High on Wednesday on Nick Voumard's five-hit shutout that featured 11 Ks.
Voumard, who has signed to play with Cal State Stanislaus, is one of three Turlock pitchers who have committed to play collegiately next season. Batterymate Brett Cumberland, a junior, has committed to Cal.
Escalon High will get to face the third college-bound hurler junior Dakota Edwards (University of Bridgeport, Conn.) today at 1 p.m. when the teams meet at Downey High to determine the champion of the weather-suspended Dick Windemuth Easter Classic.
"Our team's mindset is not really on the streak," said Murphy. "We just take things game by game.
"It should be a good game (today). I saw (Escalon) play during the tournament. They're a solid team."