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Boys Baseball: Buhach Colony's 6 errors give Turlock victory

ATWATER -- Wayne Fitzgerald hopes he can chalk up Tuesday's performance to just a bad day.

Otherwise it's going to make for some long afternoons.

Fitzgerald watched as the Thunder made six errors in an 8-4 loss to Turlock in the Central California Conference opener for both teams at Buhach Colony.

"It was embarrassing," Fitzgerald said. "They were routine plays. It wasn't a play that required anything more than a routine effort on any of them."

The six errors led to four of the Bulldogs' runs.

Turlock (7-0 overall) jumped out in front of the Thunder early with three runs in the first inning.

UCLA-bound shortstop Kevin Kramer, who attracted a group of scouts to the ballpark, led off the game with a single to right off BC right-hander Robbie Dallas.

Ryan Flood followed with a double to left field. The defensive miscues began when Thunder third baseman Daulton Jefferies tried to throw out Flood at second base. Jefferies' throw was wild and allowed Kramer to score from third with the game's first run.

Ryan Brown and Thomas Austin added run-scoring singles later in the inning to give Turlock left-hander Jeremy McDonald an early cushion.

Another error in the second inning led to Turlock's fourth run as Ricky Fuentes stole second, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and then scored on a groundout.

"They made some crucial mistakes early, and we cashed in," said Turlock coach Mark De La Motte. "It's a good thing we did because it probably would have been a one-run game. It'll be a different story on Thursday."

After scoring a run in the bottom of the second, the BC defense let down again as two errant throws led to two of Turlock's three third-inning runs.

Meanwhile, the Thunder offense finally woke up as Dallas and Bradley Bertuccio led off the fourth inning with singles.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Steven Loa singled in two runs and Kert Woods followed with an RBI single to cut the lead to 7-4.

However, McDonald was almost untouchable the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs senior struck out six hitters in a row in the fifth and sixth innings, and finished with eight punch outs.

"Four of our strikeouts were looking," said Fitzgerald, whose team dropped to 5-3 overall. "That makes it hard to compete. We have to find guys who want to go up there offensive-minded and not defensive-minded.

"We had some pretty good battles with two strikes by a couple guys, but it can't just be a couple guys. It has to be from everyone up and down the lineup."