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Buhach romps Merced 15-0

ATWATER -- Bobby Dallas had seen this type of hitting display before.

The Buhach Colony coach watched as his girls banged out 13 hits in a 15-0 win over Merced on Thursday afternoon.

It was the ninth straight win for Buhach Colony (5-0 Central California Conference, 12-3 overall).

However, it was the first time Dallas felt his team resembled the offensive juggernaut of Buhach Colony's CCC championship team of last year.

"We have some young kids and sometimes it takes a while to become acclimated to the varsity level and varsity timing," Dallas said.

"We have some good ballplayers, but what excited me today was this was the first time they reminded me of last year's team.

"We slapped the ball around, we bunted, we played defense and we had some good pitching."

It seemed like Buhach Colony was hitting the entire game.

Dallas' girls sent 13 players to the plate during an eight-run second inning.

Freshman Jessica James delivered the first big blow of the game when she launched a three-run homer over the left-field fence to give BC a 3-0 lead against Merced ace Taylor Gross.

James and company didn't stop.

Morgana Dallas (3 for 3) later singled in a run and pitcher Alex Molina drove in two of her four RBIs on the day with a two-run double.

"Truthfully, I think Merced is a good team," Dallas said. "This was just one of those days. Our girls showed up ready to play."

Meanwhile, Molina shut down Merced's offense.

Molina struck out eight hitters and gave up just three hits before the game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

"I don't know what got in us today, but it was nice," Molina said. "It reminded me of last year, too.

"It definitely took a lot of pressure off us on defense."

Merced (2-3, 5-11) was outscored 20-0 by the two Atwater schools this week.

Every BC starter scored at least one run.

Kayleena Flores, Molina, and Victoria Castillo each picked up two hits each.

"We're 5-0 in league and that's the main thing," Dallas said.

"Every thing we do when we put our schedule together, which we play a tough preseason schedule, is to build for league.

"Our goal is to win the CCC. We played well today. I was happy with what I saw."

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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