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Floro can't find it, Golden Valley beats Buhach

ATWATER -- Dylan Floro's earned a reputation as a pitcher who can navigate out of tough jams in his four years at Buhach Colony.

So with two outs, the ballgame tied at two and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, BC coach Wayne Fitzgerald didn't hesitate to call on Floro on Wednesday afternoon.

Unfortunately for Buhach, the senior couldn't tiptoe out of trouble this time.

Matt Raggio and Peter Sandino drew back-to-back walks, pushing across the decisive runs in a 4-2 Golden Valley victory at Buhach High.

"I threw some in between innings just in case," Floro said. "I just didn't get it done today."

To be fair, Floro never should have been needed.

Garrett Adams was cruising along on the mound in the seventh, striking out the first two batters he faced.

Buhach had a chance to get out of the inning with consecutive routine ground balls, but neither time was it able to make the play.

Stefan Arnsberg then drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases for Raggio.

"I was just looking to put the ball in play," Raggio said of his showdown with Floro. "I went down in the count, but was able to fight back and get the walk."

It was all part of GV's "minuscule ball," as head coach Scott Solis called it.

Golden Valley only managed a pair of singles in the game, but still pushed across four runs.

"We didn't get a lot of hits, but the key was we didn't strike out a lot either," Solis said. "We put a lot of balls in play and it put pressure on their defense."

Buhach's usually sound defense buckled under that pressure.

Fitzgerald's team entered Wednesday's contest with just 12 errors on the year.

They committed five on the afternoon.

"It was just utterly terrible," Fitzgerald said. "There's no other way around it.

"You hold a good team to two hits and you expect ...

"Give Golden Valley credit. They kept fighting the whole time and they pulled out a win because of it."

While GV could only squeak out two hits against Buhach's vaunted staff, both were timely.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, Eric Spencer singled to right to drive in Phillip Greenburg.

Two batters later, Dom Johnson sent a ball back up the middle to give Golden Valley its first lead of the game.

Buhach responded in the bottom of the sixth when Adams delivered a clutch two-out, run-scoring single.

BC's Dillon White got the scoring started in the first inning, beating out an attempted double play to allow Matt Voris to score.

Buhach opened the first by loading the bases with one out, but Raggio managed to battle back and hold BC to the one run.

"I got in a little trouble there in the first," Raggio said. "I was able to settle down, though.

"We just missed out on the double play and then I got a strikeout to get out of it.

"It was pretty big for us."

Sean Lynch is a Sun-Star sports writer. He can be reached at 385-2476 or via e-mail at slynch@mercedsun-star.com.

CCC Standings

Team

Record

Buhach Colony

2-1

Pitman

2-1

Golden Valley

2-1

Los Banos

2-1

Merced

1-1

Atwater

0-1

Turlock

0-3

GOLDEN VALLEY 4,

BUHACH COLONY 2

At Buhach Colony

Golden Valley 000 020 2 -- 4 2 0

Buhach Colony 100 001 0 -- 2 5 5

Matt Raggio, Joey Cuevas (5), Ralph Vasquez (7) and Peter Sandino; Connor Oldcorn, Garrett Adams (6), Dylan Floro (7) and Dillon White. WP -- Cuevas 2-1. LP -- Adams 3-3.

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Eric Spencer RBI, Dom Johnson RBI.

BUHACH COLONY -- Floro 2-3 (3B), White RBI, Adams RBI.

Records: Golden Valley 2-1 CCC, 8-6; Buhach Colony 2-1 CCC, 8-5

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