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Mercy-rule win for Bulldogs over Pride
Sophie Mayol of Turlock High makes her way to third base during the Bulldogs 10-0 win over the Pride of Pitman on Thursday. - photo by CANDY PADILLA/The Journal

While just a sophomore, Turlock High pitcher Shelby Frutoz has already proved she is one of the area’s rising stars.

Frutoz had an overall flawless game on Thursday against crosstown foe Pitman High.

She started and pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just a pair of hits while striking out seven and her second home-run of the game in the fifth inning gave the 'Dogs a 10-0 lead to close out the win in a mercy-rule decision after five innings.  

“Shelby was real dominant pitching and hitting today,” said Pitman head coach Joe Lewis. “Overall, Turlock played great as a team but Shelby was a huge factor on the mound and plate, we couldn't get her out.”

“It's a big win, we haven't beaten them for some time at their field but we are just looking for consistency and work hard at practice and work hard in all facets of the game,” said Turlock head coach Jill Ogden.

Turlock snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Pride at their field with the win. The Bulldogs last win at Pitman was on May 11, 2010 after a 2-0 win.

Pitman was also shutout for the first time since May 18, 2016, after losing to Rocklin 10-0.

“I knew we hadn't been shutout since last year, but we have to play a cleaner game and we need to put some runs on the board and we just couldn't do anything today,” said Lewis.

Pitman has lost four of its last six and two of its last three games.

Turlock has won three of its last four and two straight.

“I anticipated our team playing really well, we’ve been working really hard at practice and hitting and improved our defense and I expected us to play well,” said Ogden.

Turlock did more than play well—they controlled the game—and took advantage of the four errors committed by Pitman's defense.

“It was one of those games and we just have to get past it and continue on with league,” said Lewis about his team's struggles.

Turlock's overall record improves to 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the CCC. Pitman drops to 3-2 in the CCC and 5-6-1 overall.

In Wednesday's game, both sides went three up and three down in the first inning before Frutoz finally broke the stalemate.

Frutoz walked up to the plate and smashed a solo homerun over the left center wall to make it 1-0 then Tyra Hampton drilled an RBI single to drive in Kayla Pollinger to give the 'Dogs a 2-0 lead after the second.

Turlock added five more runs in the next two innings, heading into the fifth with a 7-0 lead.

“We have been working hard on hitting and putting the ball in play, and results speak for themselves,” said Ogden.

In the fifth inning, Jessie Miranda led off with a single, Sophie Mayol followed with an RBI triple to make it 8-0. Mayol then scored on an error and Frutoz finished the inning with another solo shot, only this time over the left field wall to extend the lead to double-digits.

Frutoz finished with a 3-for-3 performance including three RBI and two home runs. Pollinger was 2-for-4. Hampton was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Miranda was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Mayol was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a triple. Jayden Mendoza added a pair of RBI.

The next game for Turlock will be at Buhach Colony at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Pitman's next game will be at Golden Valley at 4 p.m. Thursday.