STOCKTON -- Dylan Floro thought his night was through on the mound.
The Buhach Colony ace put on a show, as he struck out nine hitters on his way to five hitless innings against a Beyer team that had scored 22 runs in its first two playoff games.
Floro left with BC comfortably ahead 9-0.
"I wanted to stay in," Floro said. "But we have a game Friday and we needed people to see some live hitters. Yeah, it got to me, but it was better for our team."
What nobody expected was for Beyer -- which came into the seventh inning without a hit -- to rally for seven runs in the final inning.
Finally, with the tying run at the plate, BC coach Wayne Fitzgerald called Floro in from right field to close out the game.
The junior right-hander got Beyer's Vince Roberts to ground out to third baseman Justin Koehler to end the game and send Buhach Colony into Friday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South final with a 9-7 win Wednesday night at Klein Family Field.
It was the first time in Floro's high school career that he's started a game and then later come in relief.
He picked up a win and a save in the same game.
"Nope, I've never done it before and I hope I never have to do it again," Fitzgerald said.
The decision was made easier because Floro only needed 45 pitches in his first five innings of work. His fastball and slider were nearly unhittable.
He struck out five consecutive batters at one point.
"I haven't seen a better high school pitcher when he's on," Fitzgerald said.
Floro was geared up to face a hot-hitting Beyer team.
"It's a lot easier when you have a couple pitches working," said Floro, who improved to 10-1. "My slider was working really well. It makes them have to guess what pitch I'm going to come up with next. That makes it tough for them."
The Buhach Colony offense scored at will early.
Brett Mooneyham delivered an early blow with a towering three-run homer over the left-field wall off Beyer starter Dominic Rossi in the bottom of the first inning.
"It was a 2-0 pitch, so I was looking for anything good in the zone and he hung a curveball," Mooneyham said. "I got a good piece of it and the ball just never came down.
"I'm sure the wind helped out a lot. Any other day and that's not a home run."
Connor Oldcorn continued his hot hitting in the playoffs with a two-run homer that extended BC's lead to 9-0 in the fourth inning.
The game looked well in hand before Beyer suddenly made the things interesting in the top of the seventh.
"Once it got to 9-7 and they had a runner on second, it got a little scary," Floro said. "But we still got the win."
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs
Buhach Colony 9, Beyer 7
At Klein Family Field
BEYER 000 000 7 -- 7 5 3
BUHACH COLONY 322 200 X -- 9 9 1
Dominic Rossi, Kyle Crawford (5) and Dillon Usiak; Dylan Floro, Justin Koehler (6), Garrett Adams (7), Floro (7) and Joe Medeiros, Zach Cartwright (6), Medeiros (7). WP -- Floro (10-1). LP -- Rossi. SV -- Floro.
BEYER -- Blake Barber (2B, 2 RBI), Kyle Barrett (2B, RBI).
BUHACH COLONY -- Markus Melgosa 2-2 (2B, RBI), Brett Mooneyham (HR, 3 RBI), Connor Oldcorn (HR, 2 RBI), J. C. Barcelo 2-3 (2B, RBI).
Records: Beyer 22-8; Buhach Colony 26-4.