A wild week in the Central California Athletic League for boys tennis has set up a winner-take-all scenario.
Prior to the start of Friday’s game between Gregori and Turlock High, multiple things happened.
First, Pitman had pulled off a 5-4 victory over Gregori on Thursday after being down early. Then, Turlock did the same over Modesto High (5-4), to possibly set up a playoff match for third place.
“That was a great comeback by our guys,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes. “Although it would have been nice if Turlock beat Gregori on Friday.”
Turlock, with a 5-4 CCAL record heading into Friday’s regular season finale, needed a victory over Gregori to secure Pitman’s outright title.
Instead, Gregori came out and beat Turlock 7-2, forcing a winner-take-all match on Monday for the CCAL title with just one league loss apiece.
“We lost 7-2 today, since my No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles were at a band event,” said Turlock head coach Jack Schneider. “I was fairly happy with our performance the first year in the new league. Though next year I will be losing my top players and it is going to be a long few years. Cam was Mr. Clutch and won a bunch of matches. He did great with such little experience.”
Turlock ends their first year in the CCAL at 5-5, giving Modesto the third and final playoff spot.
Pitman managed to overcome an 0-4 deficit against Gregori on Thursday,
Gregori took the No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 singles.
Pitman countered by winning all the others, including a sweep at doubles.
“Not a lot of movement,” said Hayes. “We match up with them really well and it will come down to whichever team shows up hungry.”
Pitman and Gregori currently are tied for first-place in the CCAL at 9-1.
The playoff match for the CCAL title will take place from Enochs High at 3 p.m. Monday.