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Pitman makes Sierra pay for errors
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Sierra’s Andrew Navarro (6) is tagged out trying to steal third by Pitman’s Karsen Valenti. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Sierra gave up seven runs over two innings to visiting Pitman on Wednesday, with five of those coming after two-out errors, as the Pride from Turlock went home with a 7-2 non-league baseball win.

“We had one inning where we gave too many free passes and kicked the ball around a little,” Timberwolves coach Travis Thomson said. “And if you take that inning away, it’s a much-different ball game against a really good club.

“Pitman is a good team. But today was a much-better effort from us. Their first pitcher was by far the best guy we have seen this year, and we got him out after three innings. Part of the battle is to have quality at-bats to get those guys out.”

Josh Seals came on in the fifth inning for Sierra (1-4), and he yielded just one baserunner on an infield single, striking out two and not allowing a ball out of the infield.

“Josh Seals came in and just went right after hitters,” Thomson said. “He pitches with confidence.

“He has a lot of movement on his ball to where he is going to attack the zone and get the hitters to swing and miss or pop out. That was a really great performance to see early on from a young junior.”

Jack Cunial got the Timberwolves on the board in the third inning with an infield single that plated Collins Schluer for a 1-0 Sierra lead. Troy Morrow (2 for 4) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and scored on a double play off the bat of Jorge Guevara to draw the Timberwolves within 7-2. A strikeout to the next batter ended the game.

Pitman (2-1-1) is coached by Andy Walker, an East Union graduate,

“I grew up in Manteca,” Walker said. “I went to East Union back in the 90s. It’s good to come home — it is still home to me. It is good to come back and get a win, too.

“Sierra is a good program, they are well coached and they have a good tradition of quality baseball here.”

Andrew Navarro was 2 for 4 for Sierra.

Andrew Balentine went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Pride and teammate Drew Walker knocked in two runs.

Sierra travels to Modesto today to face Enochs with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.