ATWATER -- A little rest can go a long way.
Just ask Dylan Floro.
The entire Buhach Colony pitching staff was feeling a bit worn following a stretch of eight games in 11 days to open March.
With just one game on the schedule last week, though, Buhach coach Wayne Fitzgerald was able to limit Floro's work load to two innings.
The extra down time proved beneficial.
A rejuvenated Floro struck out 11 in a 10-0 rout of Golden Valley in the teams' CCC opener on Tuesday.
"It felt good getting out there after not really pitching for a week," Floro said. "I felt strong.
"My fastball and curve were pretty good, and I was able to make them miss a few times."
It was far too many times for Golden Valley coach Scott Solis' liking.
GV (0-1 CCC, 7-3) struggled to put the ball in play as Floro yielded just four hits.
Only Garrett Borba seemed to have a good read on the Buhach star, finishing 3 for 3.
"We need to put more balls in play, and try to put some pressure on their defense," Solis said.
That wasn't his biggest gripe, however.
Golden Valley gave Buhach a ton of extra chances, committing seven errors in the game.
BC (1-0 CCC, 10-1) cashed in most of them, beginning with a two-run, opposite-field homer by Floro in the first.
Joe Medeiros added a two-run shot of his own and Justin Koehler's two-run double in the sixth brought on the mercy rule.
Fitzgerald expects to see a very different GV team when Buhach visits on Thursday.
"It's nice to open the league with a win, but this game is over," Fitzgerald said. "They'll have their ace going on Thursday and we'll need to be better than we were today."
Sean Lynch is a Sun-Star sports writer. He can be reached at 385-2476 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central California Conference
BUHACH COLONY 10
GOLDEN VALLEY 0
At Buhach Colony
Golden Valley 000 000 -- 0 4 7
Buhach Colony 303 022 -- 10 6 0
Sergio Gutierrez, Kyle Potter (5), Chris Bianchi (6) and Alex Fletcher; Dylan Floro and Joe Medeiros. WP -- Floro 4-0. LP -- Gutierrez 2-1.
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Garrett Borba 3-3.
BUHACH COLONY -- Medeiros 2-4 (HR, 2 RBI), Floro 1-3 (HR, 3 RBI), Justin Koehler 2-3 (2B, 2 RBI).
Records: Golden Valley 0-1 CCC, 7-3; Buhach Colony 1-0 CCC, 10-1.