The unsuspecting rain over the last week caused multiple games in various sports to get rescheduled, and one of them was the highly anticipated crosstown battle between the undefeated Pitman and Turlock High boys tennis teams.
Only one squad remains undefeated after they squared off on Friday afternoon.
For the first time in five years, Pitman defeated crosstown rivals, Turlock High, in a 7-2 final that shook the Central California Conference.
“We are 7-0 at the moment, so the entire league is looking to take a shot at us,” said Pitman head coach Jeff Hayes. “These boys have put in a lot of work in the offseason and it’s been paying off so far.”
“It is basically two teams and the rest are there, no way we can lose now. It’s Pitman and us, we should not lose again unless we have half our team hurt or sick,” said Turlock head coach Jack Schneider. “All that matters are the last matches; the others are practice till we get to Pitman.”
So far Turlock’s CCC record stands at 6-1 and Pitman is perfect having won their first seven matches and handed Schneider only his second league loss in four seasons.
“As we get deeper into the season, we are seeing the level of play increase on the entire ladder. Without overlooking the challenge of each match and barring a setback due to injury, I just don’t want to see these boys losing a match before playoffs,” said Hayes.
Turlock seems determined to bounce back and earn a share of the CCC title.
“If we get co-champs that would be fine with me, I could live with it,” said Schneider. “The guys know that and they have to step it up.”
In their first meeting, Pitman owned the doubles and majority of the singles matches.
Only the No. 5 and No. 6 singles players won for Turlock.
Turlock will next host Atwater at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Pitman will travel to take on Merced at 3 p.m. Thursday.