Turlock and Pitman baseball had opposite years when comparing their preseason and league-play.
But none of it mattered because after Tuesday's final regular season game, there is no question or doubt that the Pride and Bulldogs have not played their final game of this season.
The Bulldogs, who clinched the Central California Conference title last week, were still playing for perhaps a higher seed and an improved record as they ended the year at 13-2 after beating Buhach Colony 2-1 in Tuesday's game.
The Pride, who were beaten by BC in a three-game series earlier in the year, were able to creep back into the mix and finished the year tied with BC at 10-5 after completing the series sweep over Golden Valley on Tuesday in a 10-1 decision.
“There is no question, we are in the playoffs,” said Pitman head coach John Acha.
Pitman started junior Nick Jones who tossed four innings and allowed a single run one hit, walked two and struck out three.
The relief pitchers for Pitman, Josue Montoya, Jack Wheeland and MJ Duarte combined for three innings and did not allow a single hit, walk or run.
As the Pride blanked GV on the pitching side, the offense went on a flurry of hits early on, stretching the lead to 10-1 after just the third inning.
Pitman went 12 for 34 combined, and walked seven times.
AJ Encalade was 2 for 4 and Matt Carrigg was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Jones was 1 for 2 with two RBI and Ben Lascano was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a walk.
Turlock faced a determined Buhach Colony side that was looking to avoid a sweep on Tuesday but it didn't go their way.
Turlock starter Blaine Weber pitched a complete game and allowed one run on seven hits, walked one and struck out seven.
The Bulldogs tacked on a pair of runs in the third inning that eventually sealed the deal.
Brandon Booz was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Chris Magana, Trevor Santiago and Peyton Dunseth each had a hit for the game.
The next game for Turlock and Pitman varsity baseball will be the Division I CIF Sac-Joaquin Section tournament that is scheduled to begin on Monday at times and opponents yet to be determined.