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Turlock claims mercy-rule win over Atwater



Landon Curtis had another great outing on Thursday afternoon for the Turlock Bulldogs.


The 6-foot-2 right-hander went on to strike out four in a complete five-inning game after allowing just three hits and no earned runs, and the Bulldogs went on to topple Atwater for the second straight time in mercy-rule fashion 11-1.


“We had a couple errors but we had to roll with the punches and I kept telling myself to throw strikes and every pitch is a new day,” said Curtis.


Turlock committed four errors for the game but it never really seemed to daunt the offense or Curtis.


The Bulldogs hit through their lineup — twice — in the third and fourth innings after they went on to score five and four runs in those innings, setting up a 10-run advantage heading into the fifth.


“We wanted to be aggressive and put the ball in play and it helped that Landon pitched well and had two well pitched games in a row. It helps our offense tremendously,” said Turlock head coach Mark de la Motte.


Curtis has now tossed seven scoreless innings, having pitched two shutout innings versus Manteca on March 31.


Curtis also picked up his first win of the year, standing at 1-2 in 20 innings pitched so far to go with a 2.45 ERA.


“He has really improved, he has really played well, coming off basketball and he came in shape and ready to throw and very happy for the way he has been pitching so far,” de la Motte said of Curtis.


Turlock amassed 13 hits in 24 at-bats for a batting average of .542 for the game.


Aaron Hayner and Jon Temple were 3 for 3 and combined they drove in five runs.


“We haven't really changed everything. We’ve just been trying to hit every day and everyone is not trying to do too much. Everyone is doing their job and we are playing great ball so far,” said Curtis.


Chris Magana was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI. Chris Steeley was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Peyton Dunseth was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI.


“They made some mistakes and we hit the ball hard today. We are also running the bases very well. We are improving overall,” said de la Motte.


Turlock is now 2-0 to begin CCC play and have outscored Atwater 31-1 in just two games.


“When we face average pitching we need to do that. We need to give ourselves a good chance and get ready to do it again tomorrow,” de la Motte added.


“Today I wasn't really worried because the offense was awesome,” Curtis added. “I mean 11 runs to back it up and when they got in scoring position I knew I was going to throw strikes and regardless we will go in there and hit some more balls.”


Turlock's next game will be on the road at Atwater at 4 p.m. Friday.