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Buhach Colony catcher Dillon White (left) is stunned after St. Mary's erupted for six runs in the second inning of Thursday's 11-0 loss.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY JAMES BURNS Buhach Colony catcher Dillon White (left) is stunned after St. Mary's erupted for six runs in the second inning of Thursday's 11-0 loss. Merced Sun-Star

STOCKTON -- Even Dylan Floro has bad days.

The Buhach Colony ace has been almost untouchable during his four-year high school career. The senior right-hander came into Thursday's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff opener against St. Mary's with a 7-1 record and a 0.46 ERA this year.

However, St. Mary's turned the much-anticipated first-round matchup into a laugher.

St. Mary's shocked just about everybody in attendance at the University of the Pacific's Klein Family Field by racking up nine hits and

11 runs off of Floro by the end of the third inning.

St. Mary's went on to defeat Buhach Colony 11-0 in a game that was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Buhach Colony quickly had to come to grips with a season suddenly over.

"Well, it wasn't a good day," Floro said. "I wasn't throwing strikes. I walked too many guys and their guy threw a damn good game."

"Their guy" was left-hander Louie Lechich, who finished with a five-inning no-hitter.

It was a day where nothing went right for BC (19-9).

Floro wasn't sharp from the start as he hit the first two batters of the game. Lechich was the first batter plunked and he eventually came around to score on a passed ball to give St. Mary's a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

It only got worse for Buhach Colony.

St. Mary's turned two walks and five hits into a six-run outburst in the second inning to open up a 7-0 lead. At one point, St. Mary's banged out five straight hits. The big blow was a high flyball off the bat of Alex Escobar. The ball had Buhach Colony left fielder Daniel Bolsar twisting and turning before the ball finally hit off the wall for a three-run double.

"I felt great, I just couldn't get comfortable on the mound," Floro said. "I wasn't getting the calls on the corners of the plate. In that one big inning, I helped them with the walks."

St. Mary's continued to pound the ball in the third as Alex Michaels hit a deep drive that fell for an RBI double. Michaels then came around to score on a two-run homer off the bat of Michael Rivera that sailed far over the left-field wall.

Floro only lasted three innings.

"I was ready for this game," Floro said. "I was glad we got them, it just didn't turn out. They're a good team."

Meanwhile, the Buhach Colony offense never got anything going against Lechich.

The junior never allowed a runner past second base as he pitched around four walks and a hit batter.

It was a disappointing end to another successful season for Buhach Colony, which has made the playoffs every year since the school opened.

"There are no guarantees when you get to this time of year," BC coach Wayne Fitzgerald said. "You see the same thing in college. How many teams don't make it to Omaha every year?

"It's just one of those deals. I am thankful that we captured another conference championship. That's seven straight league championships."

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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