Connor Oldcorn knows all about patience.
The senior right-hander knew he wouldn't get much time on the mound last year for Buhach Colony.
Not with ace Dylan Floro and two Division I recruits in Brett Mooneyham and Justin Koehler in front of him.
"I used it as motivation," Oldcorn said. "You can't expect to go over those guys."
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Oldcorn will get his shot this year.
Oldcorn and fellow senior Garrett Adams are battling it out for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Floro.
Oldcorn did nothing to hurt his chances against Hanford on Tuesday afternoon.
He pitched six scoreless innings as Buhach Colony cruised to a 7-2 win in the Central Baseball Classic.
Oldcorn struck out seven and gave up just three hits to pick up the win.
"He's right there with Adams battling for that No. 2 spot," said Buhach Colony coach Wayne Fitzgerald, whose team improved to 5-2.
"It might depend on the matchups on which one of those two guys we run out there. It's not a bad thing to have one of those guys ready to clean up on any given day."
Oldcorn settled down after a rough couple innings.
"My curveball was on and my fastball got better as the game went along," Oldcorn said. "I had a rough first and second inning, but then I got into a groove."
Oldcorn helped himself at the plate with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning.
Adams tacked on another with a run-scoring single in the second inning.
Oldcorn says their quest for a spot in the rotation is a friendly battle.
"We're both friends, so that is a great way to describe it," Oldcorn said.
After Matt Voris drove in the third run with an RBI double in the fourth inning, BC blew the game open with a four-run fifth inning.
The first five hitters in the inning reached base. Daniel Bolser delivered the big blow with a two-run double.
Oldcorn, Dillon White, Tyler Krasko, Bolser and Adams all collected two hits apiece.
Buhach Colony banged out 14 hits as a team.
Not a bad total for this early in the season.
"If you look anywhere, pitching is so far ahead of hitting right now," Fitzgerald said.
"All the coaches know it, but it doesn't make it any easier.
"We're out here busting our butts trying to out-work everybody we play. But it's tough to see live pitching in practice when we play eight games in 10 days."
Buhach Colony will be back in action today at 3:30 p.m. against Fresno Central.
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUHACH COLONY 7, HANFORD 2
At Buhach Colony
Hanford 000 000 2 -- 2 7 0
Buhach 110 140 X -- 7 14 2
Joshua Banuelos, David Sumaya (7) and Lucas Faria; Connor Oldcorn, Tyler Krasko (7) and Dillon White, Adam Wakefield (7). WP -- Oldcorn. LP -- Banuelos.
HANFORD -- Brandon Putnam 2-3.
BUHACH COLONY -- Matt Voris (2B, RBI), Oldcorn 2-4 (RBI), Dillon White 2-3, Krasko 2-3 (2B), Daniel Bolser 2-3 (2B, 2 RBI), Garrett Adams 2-3 (2 RBI).
Record: Hanford 3-3; Buhach Colony 5-2.