ATWATER -- Markus Melgosa blasted a grand slam and Buhach Colony High rebounded from its loss earlier in the week for an 8-1 Central California Conference victory over Turlock on Thursday.
It was a crucial win for Buhach Colony (21-4, 8-2), The Bee's No. 2-ranked large-school team. A Turlock (12-12, 6-4) win would have created a first-place tie between BC, Golden Valley and Turlock.
BC would have been on the short end of the tiebreaker and in need of help to make the playoffs.
"It was scary," Melgosa said. "We didn't want to miss out on the playoffs. Tuesday (a 6-5 loss to Turlock) was a slap in the face. We realized what can happen."
Melgosa's homer was more than enough for Stanford-bound left-hander Brett Mooneyham. The 6-foot-5-inch senior struggled with his control, walking seven batters, but he gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings to get the win.
LOS BANOS 6, PITMAN 1, at Turlock -- Michael Wyrick fired a four-hitter, striking out eight, and Julio Cortez's two-run double in the sixth secured the Tigers' (8-15, 3-9 CCC) win over the Pride (17-8, 5-5). Pitman's Nathan Gonzalez (5-3) struck out 13, but the Tigers exploited Pitman's five errors.
Cortez's RBI double in the third gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead, then his two-run hit made it 6-1.
ESCALON 4, MODESTO CHR. 3, at Escalon -- With the Cougars (18-6, 9-4 Trans-Valley League) fighting for a playoff berth, reliever John Lopez shut down the Crusaders (5-16, 4-9) over the final 3ª innings. MC led 3-2 when Lopez entered, and he struck out six and didn't allow a hit. Escalon loaded the bases in the fifth, tying it on Nick Largent's RBI single and going ahead on Jacob Winkler's groundout.
HUGHSON 17, RIPON 5, at Ripon -- The league-leading Huskies (16-8, 10-3 TVL) scored 10 runs in the top of the first on nine singles and three walks against the Indians (11-9, 7-6) to clinch a section playoff berth. Zack Adams and Collin DeGough each went 2 for 2 in the first. All 16 of Hughson's hits were singles.
DAVIS 14, ENOCHS 3, at Enochs -- Thomas Williams drove in a season-high four runs and Marcus Pavon had a bases-loaded triple during a five-run second as the No. 4 large-school Spartans (18-5, 9-3 Modesto Metro Conference) pounded the Eagles (9-15, 4-8). Enochs has been outscored 39-4 while losing three in a row.
Jake Sisco (6-0) dominated the Eagles, striking out six in five innings, and the Spartans led 10-2 after 2½ innings. Williams' two-run single keyed a five-run third, then Jake Hawkins tripled in two runs in the fourth to make 13-3.
BROOKSIDE CHR. 9, BIG VALLEY CHR. 2, at Big Valley -- The Knights (6-9, 4-4 Harvest Christian League) scored six runs in the sixth on six walks, one hit, one error and a hit batter to pull away.
The all-Pitman doubles final is today at 3 p.m. at the Brenda Athletic Club, with Anthony Narsi and Barrett Doo facing Charlie McCone and Arnulfo Velasquez -- both won their semifinal 7-5, 7-5. Narsi and Doo were CCC runners-up a year ago, while McCone was the Pride's No. 5 singles player this season and Velasquez played doubles.
VOL TOURNEY, at Manteca -- The all-Manteca singles final lived up to its billing, as senior Mostafa Aniss beat junior Yassen Aniss 6-3, 6-7 (7-6), 6-1 to capture the Valley Oak League title. Both advance to the section tournament, as will both of the league's top doubles teams.
"It was quite a match between the two of them," said Manteca coach Frank Fontana, noting it was the first time the brothers played in an official match. "They put on a great show."