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Buhach Baseball: Mooneyham mows 'em down

STOCKTON -- Brett Mooneyham showed glimpses Monday night that indicated why pro scouts flock to see the tall left-hander throw a baseball.

The senior appeared unhittable against St. Mary's as he danced around six walks and just one hit with the help of 10 strikeouts in six innings of work.

By the time they turned out the lights at UOP's Klein Family Field, Buhach Colony was heading home with a 2-0 win in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

"He battled," BC coach Wayne Fitzgerald said. "The walks were the only thing that could hurt him. One hit? You saw what he did to a quality opponent. That's a pretty dang good team. What they did to Davis was no accident."

Two first-inning runs turned out to be all Mooneyham needed.

Buhach Colony (25-4) turned a leadoff double by Markus Melgosa and three St. Mary's errors into a pair of runs in the top of the first inning against St. Mary's lefty John Haberman.

Despite the early lead, Mooneyham knew he was in for a low-scoring battle against the St. Mary's junior.

"I played with John on a Giants scout team this fall," Mooneyham said. "He's a great pitcher. He'll throw everything at you. Those are the games I like to be in. I like the competition of me against the other pitcher."

Fitzgerald had brought in a couple of older pitchers to throw batting practice over the weekend. But his hitters struggled against a barrage of soft stuff from Haberman.

BC left four runners in scoring position after the second inning.

"We brought two guys from the college to throw against our guys," Fitzgerald said. "Then we get this guy and you're lucky to get one or two fastballs. We left a lot out there -- where we could have put a nail in that coffin.

"That's why they're in the series. They're good at what they do. Yeah, I wanted more, but I was impressed standing there watching (Haberman)."

After struggling with his control early, Mooneyham settled in as the game wore on.

He was at his best in the sixth inning after St. Mary's Mike Rivera reached second base on an error to start the inning.

Mooneyham then brought the BC crowd to its feet when he blew away the next three hitters, recording three straight strikeouts to end the threat.

Right-hander Dylan Floro came on in the seventh inning and promptly struck out the side to close out the win.

Buhach Colony will meet Beyer (22-7) in a winners bracket game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"It's nice to go home and get a work out," Fitzgerald said. "We get a day to clear the mechanism and then we'll come back and start swinging."

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

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs

BUHACH COLONY 2, ST. MARY'S 0

At Klein Family Field, Stockton

St. Mary's 000 000 0 -- 0 1 3

Buhach Colony 200 000 x -- 2 5 1

John Haberman and Michael Rivera. Brett Mooneyham, Dylan Floro (7) and Joe Medeiros. WP -- Mooneyham. LP -- John Haberman.

ST. MARY'S -- John Haberman 1-3.

BUHACH COLONY -- Markus Melgosa 2-3 (2B, run), Joe Medeiros (2B).

Records: St. Mary's 18-11; Buhach Colony 25-4.

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