Buhach runs away

MERCED — Don't expect the Buhach Colony baseball team to sit around and wait for the big hit to come.

The Thunder isn't that type of team.

Wayne Fitzgerald doesn't have a lot of burly bats in the lineup. Buhach Colony has no choice but to get creative on offense with bunts, steals and timely hitting.

Some of those skills were put on display in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Golden Valley.

All 10 of Buhach Colony's hits were singles. However, BC also took advantage of six walks and stole five bases to exploit the Cougars' defensive shortcomings.

"Our style is a little different," said leadoff hitter Kert Woods, 3-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases. "We have to play small ball. We're not going to hit the long ball. We're going to keep defenses honest. One through nine, we'll all play small ball."

Woods and Co. were threatening every inning against Golden Valley (0-3 Central California Conference, 3-11 overall).

After leaving seven runners on base in the first three innings, however, Buhach Colony settled for a tenuous 2-1 lead.

"We did a few things better than we have been doing, but we still left quite a few guys on base," said Fitzgerald, whose team improved to 1-2 in the CCC and 4-9 overall.

Daniel Bolser drew a walk to start the second inning against GV lefty Chad Sabala.

Bolser was bunted to second and moved to third when Dusten Light swung at strike three in the dirt — and the ball rolled way, allowing Light to reach first base. Brandon Kelly and Woods followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles to give BC a 2-1 lead.

Woods helped tack on a run in the fourth inning when he led off with a walk, stole second and eventually came around to score on a groundout off the bat of Russel Molina.

That was more than enough for Light, who went the distance on the mound for the win. Light finished the game with four straight strikeouts and nine total for the game.