Chad Sabala dropped to a squat on the mound, suddenly and swiftly, startled by the snap-throw to second base by catcher Chris Estrada.
It was a duck-and-cover kind of afternoon for Golden Valley and its senior lefthander.
Pitman sprayed balls all over the diamond, shooting line drives into the gaps, off the outfield fence and just over Sabala's head in a 11-1 victory on Friday afternoon.
The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The last five were nothing more than a formality in this early-season showdown of traditional Central California Conference powers.
Pitman needed only one inning to make its statement, charging out to a 4-0 lead in the first. Four of the first five batters reached base.
Leadoff hitter Zac Olsen led a 10-hit attack and Hayden Baldwin struck out four in four innings for Pitman, now 2-0 in conference play and 9-4 overall.
Olsen went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, an RBI and a double.
"It's good to get off to a start like this. These last two games we've played defense and our pitchers have thrown strikes," Pitman coach Mick Tate said.
Colton Risley, Steven Kha and Mike Lopes each had two hits apiece against Sabala, a reliever-turned-starter who went the distance in the loss.
Golden Valley (3-10) slipped to 0-2 in conference play and has been outscored 39-11 in five straight losses.
"Mick does a great job with his teams. You know they're always going to be good. Our goal has always been to split this first series with them," Solis said. "We didn't do that, obviously. We just didn't play well.
"Being 0-2 this year, honestly, there's a lot of parity in our league. The other teams are pretty equal. So it's not the end of the world, but...
"You never want to be 0-2. Do I think we can comeback from this? Of course, but you never want to be 0-2."
Solis stuck with Sabala, though his line wasn't pretty: 11 runs, 10 hits, four walks, two strikeouts and one hit batter. But he was much sharper, in much better control of his pitches, after a four-run first inning.
"He's not going to get any better sitting on the bench," Solis said. "He didn't throw all that bad. He needs to keep pitching. I thought he threw good after the first two (innings). He battled. After those first two, there wasn't much that was his fault."
Two pitchers combined on the win for Pitman. Baldwin logged the first four innings, striking out the side in the first.
His third punchout was a double-whammy for Golden Valley.
No. 3 hitter Daniel Hermosillo was ejected for disputing a called third strike -- without so much as a warning to the dugout or coach Solis.
It was all downhill from there for a Golden Valley lineup thin on experience and senior leadership.
Gabe Jimenez, an imposing figure in the batter's box, had all three of Golden Valley's hits. He was 3 for 3 with three singles. Dino Johnson reached base twice -- error and walk -- and scored Golden Valley's only run in the fourth.
GV grounded into two double plays.
"We have to be better at executing. We haven't had many clutch hits. Someone has to step up," Solis said. "We need guys to get basehits.
"It's gut-check time. When you've got runners in scoring position, you know you have to drive them in."
Golden Valley has a home-and-home series with Buhach Colony next week, while Pitman draws idle Atwater.
At Golden Valley
Pitman 413 012 -- 11 10 2
Golden Valley 000 100 -- 1 3 5
Hayden Baldwin, Kevin Walker (5) and AJ Derr; Chad Sabala and Chris Estrada. WP -- Baldwin. LP -- Sabala.
PITMAN -- Zac Olsen 3-3 (2B, RBI); Colton Risley 2-4 (RBI); Brandon Lewis (2B); Steven Kha 2-4; Mike Lopes 2-4 (2RBI, 2B); Clay Cozzitorto (RBI).
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Gabe Jimenez 2-3.
Records: Pitman 2-0 CCC, 9-4; Golden Valley 0-2, 3-10.