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Pride softball closes out NorCal Classic at 2-2
Denae Finney help her Pitman High team win their first NorCal Classic game against Stevenson School of Pebble Beach. - photo by Journal file photo

The Pitman High softball team started and ended well at the NorCal Classic, with disappointing games in between.

Pitman started off the tournament with a 15-1 win over Stevenson School of Pebble Beach on Thursday followed by a loss in the afternoon loss to Louisville High School of Woodland Hills that ended 5-0.

This was followed by two games on Friday, starting with a 5-4 loss to Golden Valley and ending the tourney with a 5-0 victory over Buhach Colony.

“I am a little disappointed because I thought we could do better. One thing that plagued the losses were errors and walks and obviously, we didn’t put runs up against Louisville as well,” said Pitman head coach Joe Lewis.

Pitman’s current record is 8-9-1 overall and 3-4 in CCC.

Pitman played four games in less than a 48-hour span.

In their first game against Stevenson, Pitman had six out of nine batters get at least a hit for the game.

Pitman scored seven runs in the first and followed with seven in the second highlighted by an Alanah Laupua three-run shot to give the Pride a 14-0 lead by the start of the third.

The game was called after three innings, securing the victory for Denae Finney, who went two innings. Sam Wood pitched the final inning.

In their later game on Thursday, Pitman was blanketed by Louisville 5-0 after going down early and never recovering with the limited bats.

Friday, Pitman started with a 5-4 loss to GV after going down 4-0 after three innings.

Pitman tied it at 4-4 in the fifth, but an error allowed GV to go ahead for good.

“We had four losses in one run games in the last two weeks and I told the girls we need to tighten up for second spot of league since we are still battling for the playoff spot,” Lewis said.

In that game, four of the five runs scored by GV were unearned.

Then in their final game in the afternoon, the Pride met BC and knew what to expect.

Wood started and pitched a complete game shutout after going all seven innings.

Pitman scored two runs in the first, one in second and two in the fourth.

Lehua DeLeon was 2-for-4 and Taylor Honette was 2-for-2 while Alanah Laupua was 1-for-3 with a solo homer.

Pitman will resume league play this upcoming week, starting with a home contest against Merced at 4 p.m. Tuesday.