TURLOCK — Rob Mendonca's fastball would hardly register on a radar gun.
So to get his players prepared to face the type of heat they'd see this week against Buhach Colony, the Turlock coach threw batting practice on Monday from Little League distance.
Turlock exploded for five runs in the third inning and handed BC right-hander Dylan Floro his first loss of the season — snapping Buhach's 10-game winning streak with a 6-5 win Tuesday afternoon.
"You don't expect to get too many runs against him," said Mendonca, whose team improved to 6-3 in the Central California Conference.
"You saw in the first inning we were playing the infield in with a runner on third. He's one of the best pitchers around. We just scraped together some runs."
Almost every Turlock hitter choked up on the bat and shortened his swing from the start of the game against Floro, who came in with a 7-0 record and 0.14 ERA.
"He didn't have his best stuff," Buhach Colony coach Wayne Fitzgerald said. "He's human. We didn't play great defense behind him. Turlock found the gaps and they executed the hell out of us."
The big inning came in the fifth.
Turlock erased a 3-1 deficit by taking advantage of an error and two Floro walks.
Brian Romero delivered the biggest hit of the game when he connected with a Floro fastball and cleared the bases with a three-run triple that gave Turlock a 6-3 lead.
"I've been waiting for that chance," Romero said. "I was definitely looking fastball. That's my pitch."
BC's J.C. Barcelo drove in runs with singles in the fourth and sixth to cut the lead to 6-5.
However, Turlock sophomore Vince Wheeland pitched a perfect seventh inning to save the game.
The win keeps Turlock in the thick of the playoff hunt and shrinks Buhach Colony's lead atop the CCC to just a half game over Golden Valley (7-3). BC slipped to 7-2 in league play, 20-4 overall.
PITMAN 14, LOS BANOS 1 (5), at Los Banos — Ian Fregosi hit a grand slam in the fifth, capping a 12-run inning and ending the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule, as the Pride (17-7, 5-4) beat the Tigers (2-9 CCC).
RIPON CHR. 13, RIVERBANK 0 (5), at Riverbank — Darin Castro pitched a two-hit, five-inning shutout, and Jordan Fenske homered in the Knights' (13-10, 8-4 TVL) victory over the Bruins (1-19, 0-12). Fenske had three hits and three RBIs and Steve Vander Molen had two hits and scored three runs for RC.
BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN 16, MILLENNIUM 2, at Tracy — Josh Easter drove in three runs and Tucker Richardson and Andrew Wright had two doubles apiece as the Lions (6-9, 3-4 HCL) clinched a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs with the win.
DOWNEY 3, DAVIS 1, at Downey — Catcher Jordan Flora lined three singles, driving in all three of her team's runs, as the Knights (10-10, 5-7 MMC) surprised the Spartans (14-10, 11-2).
BEYER 12, JOHANSEN 6, at Johansen — Kayla Rovig homered and scored four runs as the Patriots (14-6-1, 8-4 MMC) beat the Vikings (12-12, 5-7). Rovig hit her solo home run in the third, then Beyer scored 10 runs in the final four innings.
ENOCHS 2, MODESTO 0, at Enochs — Freshman Kaitlyn Yerby tossed her first no-hitter of the season, striking out five, as the Eagles (6-12, 3-9) beat the Panthers (7-14, 5-7).
EAST UNION 1, CERES 0, at Ceres — Erin Arevalo struck out 17 and Brittany Lamar scored on a wild pitch as the Lancers (21-3, 10-1) avenged their only VOL loss with the victory over the Bulldogs (15-9, 8-3). East Union hasn't allowed a run in the last 45 innings — the last time it played Ceres.
PATTERSON 10, LIVINGSTON 2, at Patterson — Linsey Moeller had two RBIs and Mandy Sifuentes three hits as the Tigers (12-12, 7-5 WAC) beat the Wolves (2-17, 0-12).
HILMAR 1, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0, at Hilmar — Alicia Payne scored the game's only run in the sixth inning when she singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on two passed balls as the Yellowjackets (14-5, 8-3 WAC) beat the Raiders (10-12, 4-8). Courtney Ramos struck out 17 for Hilmar, while Central Catholic pitcher Briana Rios had nine strikeouts.
WATERFORD 10, TURLOCK CHR. 0, at Waterford — Kendra Curtis pitched a one-hit shutout and batterymate Savannah Miller tripled twice, doubled and scored four runs to lead the Wildcats (10-9, 6-6 SL) past the Eagles (6-16, 3-9). Sarah Pallen was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for Waterford.
MARIPOSA 4, DELHI 0, at Delhi — Kate Kehoe struck out nine in pitching a three-hitter as the Grizzlies (9-13, 7-5 SL) beat the Hawks.