Spring break isn’t time off from the field for the Pitman Pride varsity baseball team, which is coming off their annual San Luis Obispo Spring Tournament this past week that saw them play four games in three days. The Pride saw mixed results, including a pair of wins, a tie and a loss.
“Good teams and to play well against that level of teams is good and hopefully we can finish off strong in the end of league,” said Pitman head coach Andy Walker. “Also, getting the chance of going out of town into a different area, the team gets to bond together and that is also significant.”
Pitman met No. 55 Righetti High in the first game on Wednesday, and it was a close one.
Righetti (19-4) was held to just four hits for that game. Pitman matched them, however, with the errors committed for that game at five.
The Pride pitchers combined for seven strikeouts after the game was 1-1 heading into the eighth inning.
Righetti tacked on the walk-off in the bottom of the eighth to win it 2-1.
Pitman followed their one-run extra inning loss by toppling Paso Robles in an 11-1 final the following day.
They then took on No. 42 in the state San Luis Obispo High (19-3-1) in the third game that same day and tied 8-8. Pitman’s offense went on to tally 12 hits for the game while four different players had a multi-hit game in Nick Tullio, Landyn Magina, Anthony Tullio and Mateo Garcia.
They closed out tournament play on Friday following an 8-3 win over Templeton High.
Down 3-0 early on, Pitman responded quickly by notching eight unanswered runs to win it.
“They battled back and we adjusted our approach and started to string together hits and started winning innings and battled back and came out with a win,” said Walker.
Evan Falconi started on the mound for the first time this season for the Pride.
Falconi ended up pitching six innings and Anthony Tullio came in the seventh to close out the game.
“Falconi came down to hitting his spots, secondary pitches were working and he competed, gave us a shot out there and a quality start on his behalf and did a great job for us,” said Walker. “A lot of guys got at least a hit and did a lot of things well. It was a team effort, a lot of guys contributed which is good to see.”
In that game Mac Cabero was the only Pride offensive player with a multi-hit game.
Pitman is now 5-1-1 over the last seven games and 12-10-1 overall.
“It is a great tournament, great competition down here we don’t normally see. A couple of the teams we played are ranked quite high in the south section and a lot of top recruits,” said Walker. “So, to battle with them and be there was good for our team, we did a lot of good things. Just a different style of baseball, quality is really good and to compete and be in every game. Now, I told the kids that we have to take it one game at a time and play every game as a playoff game and if we do that I like where we will be at the end.”
Sitting at 9-3 in league play, Pitman will close out the regular season with a three-game series against Modesto High starting at 3:45 p.m. Monday.