For the first time this season, the Pitman Pride baseball team lost a league game, and it happened on Monday afternoon on the road against Golden Valley High.
GV scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, then Pitman battled back and tied it only to lose their first Central California Conference game after GV notched two three-run innings to end it 9-5.
“We didn’t play clean baseball defensively, and Golden Valley played a great game,” said Pitman head coach Andy Walker.
GV scored three runs in the bottom of the first then Pitman notched a run in the top of the third, fourth and fifth, tying the game at 3-3 by the start of the bottom of the fifth.
GV then added three runs in the bottom half of the fifth and three runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the upset and capture the Cougars’ second league contest in six games.
Pitman added two runs in the top of the seventh, but they still fell by four.
The Pride finished with nine hits.
Mac Cabero was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Garret Lema was 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Brett Hagen went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Jay Huerta was 1-for-3 and scored two runs.
Eight different players had at least a hit apiece or more.
A total of five errors were committed by Pitman. GV committed four errors.
Pitman’s Ronnie Rodin and Nick Tullio combined to pitch six innings and allowed seven hits along with just three earned runs, two walks and struck out five.
“Every game in this league is tough and today Golden Valley played better than we did,” said Walker.
The Pride are 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the CCC and snap a four-game win streak.
Pitman’s next game will be at home against Golden Valley at 4 p.m. Wednesday.