The wind settled down during the Central California Conference golf tournament Wednesday at Roddy Ranch in Antioch. Maybe Turlock High junior Sam Smith had something to do with the taming act.
Two days after wind gusts blew the Western Athletic Conference teams all over the demanding course, it died down for Smith, who shot a spectacular 5-under-par 67 to claim medalist honors for the third year in a row.
With freshman brother Paul Smith shooting a 78 and Peter Balisha a 79, Turlock totaled 392 to beat Merced by 41 strokes. Buhach Colony (442) will be the CCC's third representative for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South Championships on Monday at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.
Sam Smith had seven birdies and an eagle. He was 10 shots better than his nearest competitor, playing partner Teddy Schrier (77) of Buhach Colony.
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"He's very methodical. I've watched him now three or four times the last few years," Buhach Colony coach Rich Cometta said. "He hits the ball down the middle, he hits it on the green, and he makes putts."
Smith had three birdies in a row, starting with a 25-footer downhill on No. 11.
"His touch is incredible," Cometta said. "He hit this putt that just died in the hole. Just perfect."
Cometta said Smith "bombed" a drive on the 420-yard 12th hole, a par-4 downwind, "probably 350 (yards)." The ball stopped in rough, Smith "caught it a little fat" coming out and left it short, then chipped in for birdie.
And for his last act on No. 18, Schrier called the shot.
"Teddy said, 'Eagle the last hole,' " said Smith, who chipped in for eagle. "I said, 'I did it for you Teddy. You called it.' "
Qualifying as individuals for the D-I South tourney were Andrew Curiel (81) of Golden Valley, Bobby Park (82) of Los Banos, Mike Dwyer (85) of GV, Luke Odle (86) of Pitman, Jason Frank (86) of Atwater and Mark Nocito (91) of Los Banos.
BEYER 18, DOWNEY 0 (5 innings), at Downey — Kyle Barrett threw a five-inning no-hitter and the Patriots (17-7, 11-1 MMC) sent 12 men to the plate in a 10-run third that put the Knights (4-18, 2-10) behind 16-0. Barrett struck out six. Mason Ankeney (4 for 4) and Joey Roy (3 for 4) each scored three runs.
MODESTO 7, JOHANSEN 5, at Johansen — Chipper Lemmo doubled in a run and Lou Figueroa had two hits and an RBI to help the Panthers (4-8 MMC) top the Vikings (6-6 MMC). Modesto erased a 1-0 deficit with a three-run second that saw two of those runs walked in.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 10, HILMAR 0 (5 innings), at Central — Hunter Adrian of the Raiders (19-4, 12-0 WAC) no-hit the Yellowjackets (14-8, 8-5), striking out just one in five innings but needing only 38 pitches. Central had a six-inning no-hitter against Livingston on Friday.
Walter Claudio homered and Billy Flamion had three RBIs.
LIVINGSTON 18, PATTERSON 12, at Livingston — The Wolves (6-17, 3-9 WAC) erased a 12-10 deficit with eight in the fifth with the help of five hits, two walks, two errors and a hit batter.
Anthony Mendoza had a grand slam in the third for Livingston. Keith Yamamoto of the Tigers (7-15, 4-8) homered in the third and fourth innings.
Livingston coach Matt Winton said, "The wind was blowing out pretty good. It was definitely a hitter's paradise today — the field is not real big anyway (305 down the line)."
GUSTINE 8, ORESTIMBA 7 (8 innings), at Orestimba — On an infield single by Justin Zalinski that the shortstop dove to field, Ben Griset of the Redskins (12-8, 7-5 WAC) scored the winning run from second base. Griset had singled and stolen second. Daniel Kaster homered for the Warriors (3-9, 2-9 WAC).
CENTRAL VALLEY 8, SIERRA 2, at Central Valley — Martin Gomez added eight strikeouts to his VOL-leading total and scattered six hits as the Hawks (10-13-1, 5-6 VOL) beat the Timberwolves (14-9, 6-5). Garrett Riley had a big two-run single in the fourth.
DENAIR 4, DELHI 2, at Denair — Garrett Soares of the Coyotes (12-7, 7-5 SL) threw a six-hitter and fanned 10 and Cameron Soares had RBI singles in the third and fifth. Denair went ahead for good 2-0 in the second.
MARIPOSA 12, LE GRAND 3, at Mariposa — David Hawes threw a six-hitter and struck out 14 to help the Grizzlies (18-6, 11-1) clinch the Southern League title. Hawes and Cody Guenthart homered. Dominic Giampaoli homered for Le Grand (6-6 SL).
TURLOCK CHR. 12, WATERFORD 5, at Turlock Christian — Trevor Brown had an RBI double and Matt Moreda a two-run single in the five-run second that gave TC (5-6 SL) an 8-4 lead. Mikey Ericson homered for Waterford (6-7 SL).
ESCALON 2, RIPON CHR. 1, at Ripon Christian — Caitlin Brooks of the Cougars (15-7, 10-2 TVL) threw a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts and got out of a jam in the seventh: RC (3-11-2, 0-11) scored once, had a runner thrown out at the plate for the second out, then Brooks got the third out on a strikeout with runners at first and second.
MODESTO CHR. 7, RIVERBANK 0, at Riverbank — Kendell Taylor of MC (9-2 TVL) fired a four-hitter at the Bruins (5-6 TVL), striking out seven. Sloan McHann was 3 for 4 for the Crusaders.
BIG VALLEY CHR. 21, BROOKSIDE CHR. 7 (5 innings), at Brookside — Charlotte McCarra of the Lions (6-7, 4-3 HCL) blasted a grand slam in the third and Christina Azevedo a bases-loaded triple in the second.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6, LIVINGSTON 1, at Livingston — Katelyn Ketchum led Raiders (15-5-2, 11-1-1 WAC) with two goals and two assists.
HILMAR 6, ORESTIMBA 0, at Orestimba — Noelle Silveira had two goals and two assists and Blake Lopes two goals for the Yellowjackets (10-1-2 WAC). Haylee Bettencourt had all three of her assists in the first half and scored in the second half.