Pitman girls dominate at Southern Section Swim Meet at Johansen; Turlock takes third
The Pitman High girls’ varsity swim team crushed their opponents in this past weekend’s Southern Section swim meet at Johansen, by winning with a score of 341. The second best was Enochs with a 287. Turlock followed in third at 252.
“We have just been working so hard and trying to stay focus throughout the season,” said Pitman head coach Erica Crain.
The 200 medley relay team for Pitman also clinched a significant first place finish after ending with a time of 2:02.98. Turlock took third with a time of 2:03.38.
Audrey Morgan took second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.54 and Audrey Morgan took second at 1:13.69.
Annika Jasek placed first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.84. Lucy Deitz of Turlock took third with a time of 5:52.3.
In the 200 free relay, Pitman topped all with a slim margin of victory, winning with a time of 1:48.16 and Beyer was second at 1:48.2. Turlock took third at 1:52.28.
Sarah Phillips of Turlock took first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.79.
In the 400 free relay, Pitman took second with a time of 4:04.15 and Turlock was third with a time of 4:04.27.
Natasha Sondeno of Pitman crushed her opponents in diving with a score of 428. Second place was Dicochea of Merced who tallied 224.35.
On the boys’ side, Pitman topped out in fourth with a score of 184. Turlock didn't finish in the top five but still saw some standouts.
Trent Yandel placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.84.
As a team in the 200 free relay, Turlock topped out in third with a time of 1:38.87.
Pitman's Josh Buck finished in second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.61.
Pitman’s Josh Hamby placed first in diving with a score of 314.25.
Pitman will host Turlock on Friday at 3 p.m.
Hilmar softball shutout by Escalon
Hilmar softball has been on a slide since beginning league play.
The Yellowjackets are now 0-2 in Trans-Valley League play after getting shutout by Escalon, 10-0 on Wednesday. The loss came after the seventh inning, which saw the Cougars tack on six-runs to capture the win.
“We could not hit the ball well at all,” said Hilmar head coach Kara Olesen. “And they capitalized in the end.”
Escalon finished with 12 hits and held the 'Jackets to just two hits with Katelyn Canella amassing one of those hits.
Canella also provided the 'Jackets with steady defense from the center field position, tallying four diving catches for the game.
“Katelyn had a great game and was our difference maker even though we struggled overall,” said Olesen.
Hilmar's Madison Aguiniga started the game and went six innings, allowing just four runs before getting rolled through in the final inning.
Sophomore pitchers for Escalon, Molly Brown and Chardae Hoskins combined for seven innings, allowed just a pair of hits and struck out 12.
The next game for Hilmar will be on the road at Riverbank at 4 p.m. Friday.
Pride softball snap three-game losing streak
The losing streak is over for Pitman varsity softball and head coach Joe Lewis.
After getting blown out in three straight league contests, the Pride are back into the winning column after shutting out Buhach Colony 10-0 at home on Wednesday in a mercy-rule win.
Denae Finney started the game and went five innings and allowed no runs on just two hits, while striking out four.
Eight of the nine players for the Pride had at least a hit.
The Pride offense was on from the get-go, finishing with 11 walks from the plate.
Michelle Robinson, Myra Alvarado, Morgan Aguiniga and Starr Russo each had two RBI for the game.
Pitman will take on the Bulldogs at Turlock High at 4 p.m. Friday.