Seven pitchers. Seven innings.
That was the case in Turlock High’s 8-7 non-conference victory over future league foe, Beyer High, Monday after the Bulldogs notched four-runs in the sixth inning to give them the edge and their 13th victory of the season.
“It was a good comeback. We have had a few comeback wins this year, so it was huge to know we can come back and do it which doesn’t always happen,” said Turlock head coach Mark de la Motte.
Alex Garcia, Garret Fountain, Clayton Souza, Kayleb Becerra, Alden Norquist, Lance Couchman and Bobby Martinez each tossed an inning apiece. In that bunch, four are seniors and the other three juniors.
“We pitched seven guys which is unusual, but we have so many pitchers and we’re trying to get them all in, but it’s been impossible,” said de la Motte. “That was our goal with the non-conference games, and for the most part they did well.”
Combined, the seven allowed 10 hits, four earned runs, two walks and struck out 11.
The game also saw consistent showers for about 15 minutes, including some high winds and extremely cloudy conditions which made it rather dark at a peak sunny-hour, but the game carried on.
“It did get worse, feet still cold but it got real dark which was the biggest problem,” said de la Motte.
There were six errors committed for the game — three by each team.
Both teams combined for a total of 18 hits for the game.
Turlock struck first when on a 2-2 pitch, sophomore Tyler Soderstrom leveled a two-run shot over the right center field wall to go up 2-0.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Turlock added a pair of runs to extend its lead to 4-0.
Beyer followed with a five-run rally in the top of the fifth to go up 5-4, then added a pair in the top of the sixth to make it 7-4.
Turlock went on to score four runs in the bottom half of the sixth to take the one-run edge at 8-7 and they fended off the Patriots in the seventh to secure their second win in three contests against their future league foe.
“We were a bit down, hanging heads a bit but give our guys credit we battled back,” said de la Motte. “We had couple good at bats, and having guys get on base, last thing you want to not do is strikeout or something and Estrada… didn’t play much, got good hit and kept the rally going.”
Turlock’s Casey Carr was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI while sophomore transfer Cole Carrigg was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
Ethan Hurte added two RBI and Soderstrom was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Case Pacheco was 1-for-2 with a run scored and Garrett Estrada went 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.
Turlock lost to Beyer, 10-5, back on April 5. They followed it by winning 8-6 on March 3 against the Patriots before finishing off their series on Monday.
The two are now scheduled to square off multiple times in the newly created Central California Athletic League next season.
Turlock is 13-2 after 15 games and 2-0 in the CCC.
Turlock’s next game will be at home against CCC foe Golden Valley at 4 p.m. Wednesday.