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MC's Pedretti hits milestone

Shortly after the handshakes with Taft, the Merced College baseball team gathered around its coaches.

After receiving instructions, the team broke for the side of the dugout and began handing out sheets of paper with Ws on them.

A lot of Ws.

Six hundred, to be precise.

With his team lined up behind him, head coach Chris Pedretti dropped to a knee and posed for pictures to commemorate his 600th win in 26 seasons.

"My assistants started asking me about how close I was when the season began, so we looked up the archives," Pedretti said. "We knew it would take 25 wins.

"If you get 25 wins, it usually means you've secured yourself a playoff spot. I just never expected to do it so early."

MC's 3-1 victory over Taft on Tuesday had the added bonus of moving Pedretti's crew back within two games of CVC leader Fresno City (13-2 CVC), which lost to College of the Sequoias.

Brian Gilbertson (9-2) was sharp for the Blue Devils (12-4 CVC, 25-8), allowing one run on four hits over eight innings.

Wes Borba provided Gilbertson's run support with a pair of two-out, run-scoring singles.

"Our offense hasn't been there every day this season, but our pitching and defense have," Borba said. "We don't think Fresno is going to run the table, so these are the games we need to win."

Tuesday's solid effort made the milestone all the more enjoyable for Pedretti.

"Six hundred wins doesn't happen everyday," MC assistant Dave Cardoza said. "To get that many wins at the JC level, when you turn kids over every two years...

"It shows what kind of coach Pedretti is."

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