Turlock slips past Buhach Colony

slynch@mercedsunstar.comMarch 15, 2013 

— Tyler Murphy and Daulton Jefferies have squared off against each other once or twice over the years.

Playing with or against each other since they were little kids, the pair of future Division 1 hurlers have had some entertaining showdowns over the years.

Not many have probably been better than what they produced on Tuesday afternoon in Turlock.

Buhach Colony's Stanford-bound Jefferies limited Turlock to two runs in five hits while striking out 10 in six innings. But the day belonged to his St. Mary's-bound buddy.

Murphy tossed an 88-pitch one-hitter and Turlock got him just enough offense in a 2-1 victory.

"It's always fun when I face Tyler," Jefferies said. "This was probably the pitching matchup of the year.

"I thought we did a better job against him later on in the game, but we probably should have gone up there a little more aggressive.

"Once he got that rhythm, we couldn't get him out of it."

Murphy set the tone from the beginning, striking out the side in the first inning. He struck out nine in the win and didn't surrender a hit until a Jefferies opposite-field single in the fifth inning.

The Thunder's lone run came out of a couple hustle plays in the third.

Things looked promising for BC (5-5, 0-2 Central California Conference) when Dominic Olguin was hit by a pitch and Jefferies drew a walk to put two on with one out.

Zack Bianchi bounced a tailor-made double play ball to second, but managed to beat the throw to first to extend the inning. Olguin never stopped running from second on the play and slid in safely to tie the game at 1-1.

"I think we might not have been mentally prepared when we started for what we were going to see on the mound," Buhach head coach Greg Wakfield said. "We struggled early, but as the game went on I thought we had some better at-bats.

"We put some solid swings on balls, but unfortunately hit them right at people."

Turlock (2-0 CCC, 8-1) went back on top for good in the bottom half of the third inning, also on a hustle play.

Brett Cumberland got things going with a two-out double. He moved up to third on a wild pitch.

That would prove big as Adam Groesbeck rolled a ground ball to short.

The Bulldog speedster flew down the line and beat the throw to first, allowing Cumberland to score the go-ahead run.

Murphy made it stand up, retiring 12 of the last 14 batters he faced.

"It's a tough way to have the game decided," Jefferies said. "Groesbeck is probably the fastest guy on the field.

"Justin (Prichard) played it right. It was a three-hop ground ball. If he charges, he probably has a terrible hop.

"Credit him for beating it out."

Pitman 6,

Golden Valley 4 (8)

Jerrod Hamblin gave the Cougars six-plus solid innings of work, but tired in the seventh as Pitman rallied.

David Vidauri (2 for 5) singled in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the game. The Pride, however, completed a two-game sweep with a two-run eighth.

Merced 2, Atwater 0

ATWATER -- Jordan Kemps and Eli Gutierrez combined on a three-hit shutout as the Bears (2-0 CCC, 6-4 overall) defeated the Falcons.

Cody Laney doubled in the top of the third for Merced. He moved up to third on a passed ball and scored on a balk to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Chowchilla 4, Sierra 0

TOLLHOUSE -- Frankie Schwartz drove in a run and picked up a win as the Redskins opened NSL play with a shutout of Sierra.

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