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Turlock Christian earns sweet victory over Mariposa

POSTED March 26, 2010 11:31 p.m.
Same team, better baseball. Those are the words that represent the Turlock Christian High baseball team and first-year coach Jon Valenti, whose squad played host to Mariposa High on Thursday night at Pedretti Park. Mariposa was last season's Southern League runner-up and the 2008 league champion. The significance? The Eagles looked to snap a three-year losing streak against the Grizzlies, with the last previous win coming on March 28, 2007.
Now, the Eagles can change that date to March 25, 2010, as they dominated in a 5-1 victory.
The team has changed little since last season with one addition to the roster, and Coach Valenti is confident his team can go the distance.
The story of Thursday afternoon? Turlock Christian's dominant pitching by senior Trevor Starn, who allowed two hits, no earned runs and earned nine strikeouts in a complete outing. Starn is 2-1 for the season with a 1.31 ERA and has allowed five runs in four games.
“You look at a win like this, and it has its good, but there is also the bad,” Valenti said. “Trevor threw 102 pitches, which really just means our bullpen will have to step up next week and give us some relief.”
Though the Eagles have yet to show an offensive strive, Valenti credits the team for more than what’s on paper.
“We aren't working on all cylinders just yet. We can do better,” Valenti said. “We have to work on our play and you'll see us on the hunt. We will out-work, out-hustle, and out-play our opponent every week.”

Pride baseball earns CCC win
The Pitman High baseball team looked to continue a two-game winning streak by making it three in an 11-1 win against the Merced High Bears during six innings of play Friday in Merced. The Pride are now 9-4 for the season with four wins on the road.
Senior Hayden Baldwin pitched the first four innings before reliever Kevin Walker came in for the last two.
Defensively, the Pride showed why they belong at the top of the league standings — as they are contending with Turlock High in the Central California Conference — after allowing only one run, four hits and committing one error. “It was a team effort,” Pitman Coach Mick Tate said. “Obviously, our pitching came through for us today, but we had guys step up to give us this lead.”
Junior Mike Lopes was 2-3 in the game with a double and two RBIs. Sophomore Zach Olsen contributed and went 3-4 with a double and an RBI.
Pitman will play the visiting Atwater High at 4 p.m. today.

Turlock earns a pair of team wins
The Turlock High swimming teams had their first home meet Friday against Golden Valley and came out with a double victory for the girls and boys squads.
The Turlock girls are still undefeated after earning their third win and seven first-place finishes to give them the 111-72 edge over the Cougars.
Jacy Gustafson collected two individual wins, as well as a pair of relay victories.
The Turlock boys took their first win of the season with a 94-92 advantage and earned four first-place merits, all attained by four different swimmers.
“Overall, the fourth- and fifth-places counted for us and we had a record amount of personal bests,” said Turlock coach Sonja Raynes.

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