The Pitman High Pride varsity baseball team is now 6-1 in the Central California Conference after beating Atwater, 2-1, on Friday afternoon thanks to Josh Hernandez's 6 and 2/3 innings pitched as he gave up only one run on four hits and walked two.
With the win the Pride are just one game behind Turlock as the race for first place in the CCC continues.
Pitman was able to beat Atwater, 5-4, in their first meeting on Tuesday after a Matt Carrigg walk-off single.
“We won because of Matt on that one,” said Pitman head coach John Acha.
The Pride then fell to the Falcons in a 0-2 shutout before handing Atwater a loss before the weekend begins.
“We had great pitching and defense this week,” said Acha. “We lost a tough pitching duel on Thursday. Zach Wichman threw great but we just struggled at the plate against Atwater's pitcher and couldn't put any runs on the board on Thursday.”
Wichman gave up only four hits and no earned runs in the team's 0-2 loss.
On Friday, the Pride went down early 0-1 but fought back to take the lead late in the game.
Anthony Encalade hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Colton Evans and tie the game at 1-1.
Donovan Bravo hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth and he tossed the final inning to pick up the save.
The Pride will begin a three-game series with the Thunder of Buhach Colony, beginning next week at 4 p.m.