TURLOCK — Mick Tate has coached baseball for 25 years, but he had never seen a play like the one that occurred Tuesday in Pitman High's 5-2 victory over Atwater.
His Pride trailed Atwater 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning of their Central California Conference opener with Sam Madden at second base and two out. A Pitman batter struck out on a ball in the dirt, and the Falcons headed toward the dugout. The batter headed to first and Madden to third. Madden sprinted home and slid under the throw to tie the game.
Pitman (8-3, 1-0 CCC) scored twice in the fifth to pull ahead of the Falcons (4-7, 0-1).
"The ump didn't make a call, our guy came around to score, and the batter ended up at second," Tate said. "It was bizarre; little arguing going on, you know?"
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Nathan Gonzalez struck out the side in the seventh for Pitman.
BUHACH COLONY 10, GOLDEN VALLEY 0, at Merced — Dylan Floro fired a four-hitter and struck out 11 as the Thunder (10-1, 1-0) pounded the Cougars (7-3, 0-1).
"My fastball and curve were pretty good, and I was able to make them miss a few times," Floro said.
Floro also belted a two-run, opposite-field homer in the first, then Joe Medeiros added a two-run shot and Justin Koehler's two-run double in the sixth brought on the mercy rule.
TURLOCK 4, LOS BANOS 2 (8), at Los Banos — After capitalizing on a seventh-inning error to tie it at 2, the Bulldogs (6-4, 1-0 CCC) won it when catcher Nolan Parks punched a two-out, two-strike, two-run single into right field to beat the Tigers in the eighth. Parks' single followed an error that kept the inning alive.
Turlock's Vince Wheeland fired an eight-inning four-hitter, striking out eight.
Western Athletic Conference
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2, PATTERSON 1, at Modesto — The Raiders (7-1, 2-0) survived a seventh-inning scare when, with the bases loaded and two out, freshman center fielder Billy Flamion raced in to get a pop-up on the edge of the infield, preserving the win over the Tigers. Flamion's sacrifice fly gave Central a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth, while Justin Prasaid and Clay DePauw combined on a three-hitter.
GUSTINE 4, HILMAR 3, at Hilmar — With the potential winning run on second base, reliever Clint Manzo got Tim Jericoff on a groundout to third as the Redskins (4-1, 1-1 WAC) beat the Yellowjackets (6-4, 1-1). Mando had staked Gustine to a 3-0 lead with his two-run double to left-center in the third.
LIVINGSTON 3, ORESTIMBA 1, at Newman — George Solario fired a three-hitter as the Wolves (1-1 WAC) scored twice in the top of the seventh to beat the Warriors (2-4, 0-2).
ESCALON 12, RIVERBANK 1, at Riverbank — Jacob Caton homered and drove in four runs, as the Cougars used a seven-run seventh to pull away from the Bruins.
Mother Lode League
LINDEN 14, CALAVERAS 13, at San Andreas — Jake Mote drove in seven runs and teammate Brooks Hullet knocked in four, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lions (6-3, 2-0) from outscoring the Redskins. Calaveras scored five in the bottom of the seventh before the Lions sealed the deal.