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Two of a kind -- but only one will win

STOCKTON -- Wayne Fitzgerald has spent the last week trying to find out anything and everything about Jesuit.

He's made phone calls, searched the Internet and researched the statistics.

"I've just tried to put together a scouting report by talking to people and looking at every box score," the Buhach Colony coach said. "I'm trying to make a story out of some numbers.

"They're a young talented team. They're a spitting image of us."

Now all that preparation is over.

Tonight Buhach Colony (27-5) will play Carmichael Jesuit (25-6) in the first game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I best-of-three championship series at UOP.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game two is set for Saturday at noon with a third game to follow 30 minutes later -- if necessary.

Both teams are littered with future Division I college athletes.

Jesuit comes in with a 22-game winning streak and averages over 10 runs per game.

The offense is led by Cal-bound junior Jimmy Bosco (.523 and 46 runs) and junior Andrew Susac (.474, 5 homers, 36 RBIs), who is headed to Oregon State.

"It should be some really fun baseball," Fitzgerald said. "They're loaded with talent.

"I don't see a lot of difference between them and St. Mary's. St. Mary's was a hell of a club.

"St. Mary's pitching is comparable to the arms Jesuit is going to run out there.

"I see Jesuit in the same way. They're going to hit us and we're going to have to play defense."

BC obviously has the big arms to shut down a high-scoring offense with Dylan Floro (10-1, 0.77 ERA) and Brett Mooneyham (9-1, 0.54 ERA).

Jesuit coach Joe Potulny and his troops are looking forward to the showdown.

"I saw Floro throw and he was better than advertised," said Potulny, who led Jesuit to section titles in 1994, 1996 and 2001. "He was throwing his breaking ball for called strikes. He lived out on the outer quarter of the plate. He put on a clinic on how to pitch.

"I heard Mooneyham is another big arm. He sits at 89 mph and when he's going good, he'll throw 92-93. He's a dominant high school pitcher."

Buhach Colony won Division III section titles in 2004 and 2005.

Now in its second year playing Division I, BC has a shot at winning another.

"It's awesome," Fitzgerald said. "There are a ton of other things these kids can be doing.

"Graduation is right around the corner. It's Disneyland time. Our guys decided since we're still in 'The Show,' they're not going on their senior trip to Disneyland. That shows a lot of unselfishness. It's good to see they have their priorities.

"It's good stuff. They want to be apart of a section champion."

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Championship

WHO: Buhach Colony (27-5) vs Jesuit (25-6)

WHERE: The University of Pacific's Klein Family Field

WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m. (Game 1); Saturday at noon (Game 2) with Game 3 to follow, if necessary.

THE RUNDOWN: Jesuit brings a 22-game winning streak into the finals. The three-time section champs have a high-powered offense that averages over 10 runs per game. BC counters with the high-powered arms of Dylan Floro, Brett Mooneyham and Justin Koehler.

IF YOU GO: Take Highway 99 North. Take the Hammer Lane exit and go west a few miles until you reach Pacific Avenue. Turn left (south) on Pacific. You will go past Delta College and cross March Lane. UOP will be on your right hand side.

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