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A win never hurt so good

Jeff Spinardi rolled up his sleeve to proudly display the bruise that was quickly forming on his left bicep.

The Golden Valley junior will remember the result long after the bruise is gone.

Buhach Colony ace Brett Mooneyham drilled Spinardi with a fastball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning -- forcing home the winning run in a thrilling 5-4 victory for Golden Valley (1-1 Central California Conference, 8-3 overall) Thursday afternoon.

"It hurts a lot," Spinardi said. "I've never been hit by somebody that throws that hard before.

"It didn't hurt at first because I was so excited because we got the win. Now it stings."

It was a strange end to an ugly game that saw Golden Valley commit eight errors.

"Was that it?" asked GV coach Scott Solis. "I thought we hit double digits.

"I don't know how we did it. (Buhach Colony) is the best baseball team I've seen in the six years I've coached.

"I don't know how we beat them making eight errors."

Golden Valley senior Trevor Cesar is a big reason why BC dropped to 1-1 in the CCC and 10-2 overall.

The Duke-bound right-hander did his best to pitch around the defensive blunders, giving up just four unearned runs on four hits.

Cesar appeared to have the game won in the top of the seventh when he got Mooneyham to hit into a possible game-ending double play.

However, GV shortstop Garrett Borba's throw to first sailed into the dugout, allowing the tying run to score.

"I think we're going to be one of those teams," Cesar said. "We're just going to have to find a way."

Cesar was scheduled to go against the Stanford-bound Mooneyham from the start.

Instead, BC put right-hander Justin Koehler -- who's headed to Cal State Fullerton -- on the mound.

Mooneyham had been away for "family reasons" the past two days, according to BC coach Wayne Fitzgerald.

Mooneyham came on in relief to start the bottom of the seventh inning with the game tied at 4-4.

The lefty promptly walked the bases loaded before nailing Spinardi to end the game.

"I've never seen somebody get cut by the baseball," Cesar said.

It was definitely a million-dollar wound.

"A lot of people want to see the aftermath," Spinardi said. "It's not looking good.

"It's definitely going to need a lot of ice."