STOCKTON -- After throwing more than 100 pitches on Saturday, Enochs right-hander Jackson Berumen wasn't expecting to see time on the mound on Monday night.
That changed quickly in the bottom of the seventh inning after Tracy loaded the bases and scored a run on a bases-loaded walk. Suddenly, Enochs' four-run lead had been trimmed to three and the tying run was on base.
Berumen shook loose his arm, summoning just enough zip and break to seal the Eagles' season-saving 10-8 victory at Klein Family Field in an elimination game of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 playoffs.
"My arm wasn't the best it's been, but I knew I could come in and throw for my team," said Berumen, who came in and got a key double-play ball and then struck out Tanner Turner looking to end the game.
Enochs (17-10-1) advances to another elimination game today against Buhach Colony at 3:30 p.m.
"That's pretty much how its been all year," said Enochs coach Matt Brown, whose team has won 17 of its last 20 games. "This team never dies. We started the season losing eight straight games but we never stopped playing."
The Eagles came back from an early 4-0 deficit.
Jake Borges jumpstarted Enochs with a three-run homer in the top of the third inning, trimming Tracy's lead to 4-3.
"That felt good," said Borges, who went 3 for 5 with four RBIs. "I knew it was gone as soon as I hit it. We were down early against Lodi earlier. We knew we could come back."
The Borges homer came with two outs. Two-out runs were the trend for Enochs as it scored eight of its 10 runs with two outs.
The Eagles broke open a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh with four runs. Kyle Balestrierie delivered a big pinch-hit RBI double during the rally. Jake Steamen, Sam Herring and Borges also had run-scoring singles in the frame.
ST. MARY'S 9, BUHACH COLONY 3 The road to the championship still goes through St. Mary's and the Rams made sure of that with a convincing win over the Thunder. St. Mary's (24-6) scored in each of the first four innings as it jumped out to a 7-1 lead.
Right-hander Robbie Dallas made the start on the mound for the Thunder (22-8). The senior missed most of the season with a broken wrist and pitched only one inning during the regular season. His rust showed as he struggled with his command.
The defending section champs made him pay for a pair of walks and a hit batter in the second inning. Dallas walked Joey Caffese with the bases loaded to give St. Mary's a 2-0 lead. Then with the bases still full and the runners moving on a full count, J.J. Wagner blooped a ball right behind the pitcher's mound for a two-run single to extend the lead to 4-0. St. Mary's pounded out 17 hits against four Buhach pitchers.