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Fountain leads Bulldogs to first round playoff win
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Turlock’s Garret Fountain pitched six innings during the game against Lincoln Tuesday afternoon (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

No. 7 Turlock High baseball advanced to the second round of the Division-I Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after Tuesday’s 10-1 win over No. 10 Lincoln from Stockton in the first round.

“We had some seniors who played in the playoffs last year,” said Turlock head coach Sean Gilbert. “This year those seniors were leading us… you saw Garret Fountain… having a guy like that who has pitched in big games and pitched in the playoffs last year, undefeated in league and a guy that is coming right at you and that is what we got from him, our guys played great behind him.”

Turlock’s Fountain started and went six innings, allowed one unearned run on three hits, three walks and struck out four.

Turlock tallied 15 hits for the game.

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Turlock's Tyler Soderstrom slides into home during the game against Lincoln (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

All but two players finished with a hit after seven tallied at least a hit or more.

Justin Hines was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. Dalton Linn was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Cole Carrigg was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mason King was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Tyler Soderstrom was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Dom Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“We had that big inning. We had 10 days off and from our last game we had that time for rain out games but we didn’t have any, so it was our job to make sure our guys were ready and they responded with the bats, that was good and we didn’t miss a beat,” said Gilbert.

Turlock scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second when Linn had an RBI single to score Fountain, which made it 1-0.

In the top of the third, Lincoln came out and tied the game after an RBI double made it 1-1.

Turlock went up 2-1 in the bottom of the third when Justin Hines hit an RBI single.

In the bottom of the fourth, the floodgates opened.

Turlock scored six runs in the fourth then two in the fifth.

Clayton Souza came in to relieve Fountain and pitched a shutout in the seventh.

Lincoln had just three hits, a run and three errors.

The Bulldogs record improves to 22-6 for the year and after Tuesday’s game, they are No. 117 in California according to

No. 7 Turlock will next travel on the road to take on No. 2 Jesuit at 4 p.m. Thursday.

“They are the No. 2 seed, a very good team, and they are from that league up there that is really good and all the guys they have they can get after it and that is what they are going to do. We will see if our guys are ready to play,” Gilbert added.