MERCED -- It didn't take long for Pitman to establish itself as the superior team Friday, scoring four runs in the first inning on the way to an 11-1 Central California Conference rout of Golden Valley.
The Pride (9-4, 2-0) sprayed balls all over, shooting line drives into the gaps and off the fences in a game called after after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Of course, the game was decided long before then.
Pitman's first four batters got on base and leadoff hitter Zac Olsen finished 3-for-3, scoring three runs and driving in another. Hayden Baldwin struck out four in four innings for Pitman.
"It's good to get off to a start like this. These last two games we've played defense and our pitchers have thrown strikes," Pitman coach Mick Tate said.
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Colton Risley, Steven Kha and Mike Lopez had two hits each.
The Pride manhandled GV 7-2 in Wednesday's CCC opener.
Baldwin struck out the side in the first, and his third strikeout did more than end the inning. GV No. 3 hitter Daniel Hermosillo was ejected for disputing a called third strike, and It was all downhill from there for a Golden Valley lineup thin on experience.
Baldwin (2-0, 1.20 ERA) got his previous win over Oakdale, which has been to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 final each of the last three seasons.