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Buhach baseball wins, coach wants more offense

ATWATER -- Every baseball coach can find some reason to complain about his team. They're nitpickers by nature. Wayne Fitzgerald is no exception.

After his Buhach Colony baseball team shut out Pitman 4-0 on Tuesday, Fitzgerald quickly turned the focus on the offense.

"Our offense wasn't very good," Fitzgerald said. "Markus Melgosa had a great day. He carried us offensively.

"Other than that, I don't think we were very good today. We preach taking advantage of our pitches.

"I saw too many roll overs, guys trying to pull pitches on the outside half.

"We'll fix it tomorrow."

Buhach Colony did leave seven runners on base in the first four innings.

However, the four runs were more than enough for Dylan Floro.

The junior right-hander only allowed one runner to reach third base all game.

He struck out eight and gave up six hits as he improved to 6-0 this season and lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.16.

Melgosa collected three of Buhach Colony's eight hits.

"It's an important series because we're trying to catch up to Turlock," Melgosa said. "We want to take care of this series, Los Banos next week and then take care of business against Turlock."

Buhach Colony (4-1 Central California Conference, 15-3 overall) trails Turlock (5-0 CCC) by one game with seven left to play.

"If we keep playing the way we're playing and keep winning ballgames, we'll be right where we want to be," said Floro, who has surrendered just one earned run in 44 innings pitched.

"I pay a little attention to what the other teams are doing. But I worry more about what's going one here."

His coach does enough worrying for everybody.

We are talking about a team currently ranked No. 15 in the state by CalHiSports.

"In this league anybody can lose to anybody," Fitzgerald said. "When you swing the bats like we did today, it's scary.

"This team has the ability and the potential to come out and dominate. It's just a matter of doing it."

Thursday's series finale against Pitman (4-3 CCC) should be another low-scoring affair with BC's Stanford-bound Brett Mooneyham facing Pitman's Nathan Gonzalez, who has signed with St. Mary's.

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com or via phone at 385-2462.

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