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Baseball Digest: Turlock rolls behind Fountain; Gregori pulls off upset.

Turlock senior pitcher Garret Fountain talks about his performance in Bulldogs’ win over Lincoln

Turlock High School beat Lincoln High School in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
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Turlock High School beat Lincoln High School in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Turlock senior Garret Fountain is preparing to begin his football career at San Diego State next month.

“I am getting really excited to head down south,” Fountain said.

But before he becomes an Aztec, Fountain needs to maintain his focus on the Bulldogs, specifically his work on the mound as Turlock’s No.. 1 pitcher.

He did just that on Tuesday, allowing three hits and one run as Turlock beat Lincoln 10-1 in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs on Tuesday.

“I am still just trying to finish out this season with these guys,” Fountain said. “I love all of them. I am still focusing on one game at a time with these guys.”

Fountain struck out just four batters but had the defensive support of those he’s been playing with since his days before high school.

Bulldogs (22-6) coach Sean Gilbert was a little concerned his team would be rusty with 11 days off since their last game.

The Central California Athletic League champions had 15 hits in the win and scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth, including a string of five straight hits.

“We swung the bats well,” Gilbert said. “We had intensity in every at-bat and were picking up guys.”

Junior third baseman Cole Carrigg was 3-for-4 with two RBIs while junior catcher Tyler Soderstrom was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, and two RBIs.

Turlock, the No. 7 seed, will travel to face second-seeded Jesuit on Thursday.

Gregori 2, Lodi 1: What was shaping up to be Lodi best season in more than a decade came to an abrupt end in the first round.

The one that stopped the fourth-seeded Flames was Gregori pitcher Kobe Dumlao, who pitched a complete game in a 2-1 victory for the No. 13 Jaguars, holding Lodi to three hits.

“He did a great job,” said Gregori coach James Davis. “He doesn’t throw very hard, but he throws strikes, changes speeds, keeps hitters off balance, and in high school baseball, if you can do those things, you can beat a very good team.”

Lodi, averaging 7.4 runs per game coming into the game, didn’t score until the seventh inning, when Fidel Ulloa singled and advanced to second on an error before he was brought home by a Trevor Jackson single. Gregori shortstop Marlon Lainez stopped a promising rally with a double play on the next play, stepping on second base and hurling to first baseman Collin Gunn to set off a raucous celebration on Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

Gregori had a two-run fifth inning, starting with a Lainez single to center field. He moved to second on a Chandler Anderson sacrifice bunt, then scored on a Estephan Ramirez single to right field. Carson Croasdale, who reached on a walk, then scored on an infield single by Gunn.

“We were playing an outstanding, well-coached baseball team, and we told our kids that we could play with them. And that’s all you can do at the end of the day,” Davis said. “We wanted to be there in the seventh inning. On paper, we’re the 13th seed, they’re the fourth seed, they’re supposed to beat us on paper. The game’s not played on paper. You’ve still got to go out and execute and throw strikes.”

-David Witte Lodi News-Sentinel

Franklin 6, Pitman 2: Junior Kade Morris had two RBIs for the Pride (14-12-1).

Oakdale 10, El Capitan 0: Senior Alex Daoud had three RBIs in the win for Oakdale.

Central Catholic 5, Ripon 2: Central Catholic junior Dalton Durossette struck out 11 and had two RBIs.

Hughson 10, Amador 7: The Huskies scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh including a walk-off home run by senior Brian Haslam.

Ripon Christian 4, Millennium 2: Ripon Christian scored three in the bottom of the sixth in the win.

Valley Christian 7, Big Valley Christian 4: The Lions (17-12) fell on the road.

Manteca 4, Beyer 1: Senior Daniel Lee scored the only run for the Patriots (16-11).

Waterford 1, San Juan 0: Senior Alvaro Perez had the lone RBI in the game in the win.

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.