Turlock High’s Central California Conference success was carried over to the Dick Windemuth Tournament on Monday and Tuesday. With an undefeated CCC record, the Bulldogs took on and trounced Modesto Metro Conference contenders Gregori and Enochs High 8-5 and 9-2, respectively.
Monday’s game against the Jaguars was a close affair as Turlock was forced to climb back from an early four run deficit and battle for the win. The close call proved to be an alarm for the Bulldogs who entered Tuesday’s matchup with the Eagles with a little more motivation.
“We hadn’t been behind much this season, but it was good to see us not panic and battle back from behind,” Turlock’s head coach Mark de la Motte said. “It woke us up for sure.”
Turlock hit the Eagles’ home field with eyes wide open for day two of the tournament but the same couldn’t be said for Enochs. Turlock’s first three runs—two in the first inning and one in the third inning—were the result of Eagle errors.
Adam Groesbeck and Brett Cumberland crossed home plate after a pair of first inning errors by Enochs’ shortstop before Groesbeck again crossed on an error in the third.
“It was a sloppy game,” de la Motte said.
The Bulldogs broke the game open in the fourth inning with a six run effort, starting with a Cumberland single with bases loaded. Austin Bush and Nick Voumard pitched in with RBI’s of their own before Voumard crossed the plate himself off another Enochs error. In all, the Eagles committed five errors on the day.
While Bulldog batters swung away at the plate, Dakota Edwards manned the hill for five innings in his longest game to date. Edwards finished the game with five strike-outs, two hits, and one allowed run before Luiz Mendez and Tyler Murphy relieved him.
“Our goal is to develop some of the guys who haven’t played a lot and give them game time so we can be sharp as we head down the road,” de la Motte said. “We’re trying to build more depth.”
Turlock now faces Johansen High today at 12:45 p.m. at Enochs High. In addition to chasing a tournament championship, the Bulldogs are also chasing a school record for consecutive wins. The record is 16 and Turlock is currently at 14.