The Pride of Pitman are on the cusp of a perfect league record in their final year competing in the Central California Conference for boys tennis.
They just have to keep the winning ways alive, much like Tuesday’s home league battle, the final one with Buhach Colony.
On a cloudy yet lukewarm day, it seemed possible that rain could delay and push yet another tennis match, but that wasn’t the case.
The Pride came out ready for a battle after coming off spring break against BC as they took down the Thunder for the second time this season, 8-1, securing their double-digit win streak.
“They are having fun,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes. “We came in and played Buhach today, beating them and now we have a bye week, so we will play some challenge matches, then play our second toughest opponent in El Capitan next.”
Pitman already beat EC once earlier in the season.
However, this time it is the penultimate matchup and a win could secure a co-share of the CCC title with Turlock—if the Bulldogs win out.
Turlock is currently in second place in the CCC with an 8-1 record.
“It feels good, great season and we are having fun,” said Hayes. “We are playing tennis, and for the most part we try to hit the ball and not be afraid of losing, play to win, do that and have fun, like I tell the kids we are learning to play a sport you can play your entire life. When you get done sometimes you can look at life in a refreshed way, if kids can take that lesson it will be a success but enjoying wins as they come.”
The victories are rolling in for the Pride with ease.
Tuesday was another example of the team’s depth and strength when matching up against any other CCC team at the moment, despite taking a week off for spring break.
The Pride won eight of nine matches in straight sets.
Their only loss came in the No. 3 doubles.
“We had a week off, no practice let them get rest and play, then we have Turlock next Thursday, so it’s turning out perfect here,” said Hayes. “… the boys are loving it, having a great season and attitude and looking to carry it into the playoffs since there is some stiff competition when we hit playoffs.”
Pitman will next host El Capitan for their penultimate league matchup at 3 p.m. Tuesday.