Mercy rule cuts short Pitman win over GV

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.

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.