No varsity softball team in the Central California Conference is hotter than the Pitman Pride, who have won four of their last five games after trouncing Buhach Colony, 8-1, on Thursday afternoon in their penultimate league match.
This victory, however, did nothing to solidify the third and final postseason spot, as the Pride are tied with the Turlock Bulldogs at 6-5 in the CCC after Thursday's games.
“Unfortunately, we set ourselves up for last game and could have held on to some leads we lost in the seventh,” said Pitman head coach Joe Lewis. “We could've had a different situation now coming down to last game like last year and Turlock is a good team and playing your rival, you never know how it goes.”
Prior to their win-streak, Pitman had lost three of four, including two league losses that were decided by one run.
On Thursday, the Pride showed some sparks but also took advantage of the nine errors by BC.
Only one score was tacked on as Denae Finney pitched a complete game for Pitman and from the plate, Taylor Honnette broke the game wide open with a two-run double with two outs in the third that put her team up 4-1 and for good.
The Pride added four more runs in the next three innings, securing a battle with their crosstown rivals, Turlock, for the final postseason position.
“We only had one error this game,” said Lewis. “Now we have Turlock. They are a good team. They are at home and it is Senior Day. They will have a lot of energy and momentum. We just hope to play and hit the ball and play good defense.”
Pitman will take on Turlock in the final regular season game of the year at 4 p.m. Tuesday.