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Floro flirts with no-hitter

Peter Sandino couldn't believe the pitch.

The Golden Valley catcher was still curious what pitch came out of the hand of Buhach Colony ace Dylan Floro during his sixth-inning at-bat.

So Sandino asked Floro after the game.

"Curveball," Floro said.

"That was the dirtiest pitch I've ever seen," Sandino responded.

Dirty.

Filthy.

Nasty.

Sandino could have picked any adjective to describe Floro's performance.

The Cal State Fullerton-bound right-hander struck out 11 hitters on his way to a one-hitter as Buach Colony defeated Golden Valley 7-1 on Friday night at Merced College.

"He's very good," said GV coach Scott Solis, whose team dropped to 2-2 in the Central California Conference.

"He was the best pitcher we saw last year and he'll probably be the best pitcher we'll see this year."

Floro's dominant performance helped Buhach Colony (3-1 CCC, 9-5) rebound from Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Golden Valley.

"I couldn't wait to get out there," said Floro, who walked in two runs in the seventh inning in the first meeting.

"That's the great part about baseball, you get to come back soon. We came out and did what we needed to do."

This time out, the Buhach Colony defense made the plays.

The offense did the little things to move runners around and get them home.

That's how BC built an early 2-0 lead.

Connor Oldcorn tripled off the wall and came around to score on a wild pitch in the second inning.

Daniel Bolser then singled to lead off the third. Daniel Sanchez bunted Bolser up to second base.

Bolser then stole third and came around to score when GV third baseman Dom Johnson couldn't haul in the throw from Sandino.

"We know what we have to do, it's just a matter of us going out and doing it," said Buhach Colony coach Wayne Fitzgerald.

"We had some guys who probably didn't swing it like they wanted tonight, but we got the job done."

Golden Valley's only hit came on a bloop double down the left-field line off the bat of Johnson in the fourth inning.

Johnson came around to score on a ground ball to cut the lead to 2-1.

Buhach Colony broke the game open in the fifth inning.

A botched rundown helped open the door for a three-run inning.

Buhach Colony tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-2.

"Teams are going to score," Solis said. "We need to do a better job of not letting it get out of hand.

"We have to do a better job of not giving up the big play. Give up the one run instead of letting the other team get two or three."

Still, it wasn't a bad week for GV when you consider Solis' boys only had three hits combined in two games against Buhach Colony and still managed a split.

"That's what we told our guys," Solis said. "We're 2-2 after two weeks after playing two of the best teams in league.

"Come out with two splits is a good couple weeks."

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

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