Less than a week after defeating rival Turlock High for a spot in the SJS Division I Playoffs, Pitman High’s baseball team took an early exit from the tournament after falling to Lincoln High. Tuesday’s first round matchup was closely contested but a fifth inning surge from the Trojans (17-9 overall) proved to be too much for the Pride (20-8 overall) to handle. Pitman lost 6-3.
Pitman traveled to Lincoln’s home field planning on its pitching to take care of the Trojans, and for five innings it did just that. Pitman scored in the first inning, holding a lead over the Trojans until the ill-fated fifth inning. With its season on the line Lincoln orchestrated a five-run inning, taking the lead and momentum from the Pride. Each team scored a run in the sixth inning, making it a 6-2 game as the seventh inning approached.
The Pride’s defense held strong in the seventh, giving their offense an opportunity for a late inning comeback. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Pitman scored one run in the seventh but was unable to do much more.
The loss not only ends the Pride’s season but it serves as the final farewell for their long time head coach Mick Tate. After leading Pitman baseball since the schools inception Tate has decided to retire from the game.