STOCKTON -- Buhach Colony has won two Sac-Joaquin Section baseball titles and the Thunder hopes to stay on course for a third tonight when its hosts St. Mary's in the sub-section final at the University of the Pacific.
The Thunder (26-4) is unbeaten in the tournament and would have to lose twice to be denied a berth in next weekend's best-of-three section finals. The game starts at 5 p.m., and if St. Mary's wins, a winner-take-all game will be played afterward.
Jesuit of Carmichael (24-6) is unbeaten up north and will also have to lose twice to be denied a trip to the final series.
Buhach won its first two titles in Division III, when it was playing in the Valley Oak League.
The Thunder will have access to all three of its pitchers, including lefty Brett Mooneyham (9-1, 0.54 ERA) and righty Justin Koehler (2-2, 0.91), who have signed letters of intent with Cal State Fullerton and Stanford, respectively.
Section officials said Thursday that Dylan Floro (10-1, 0.77) also is eligible to throw 2º innings. Floro made three appearances this week, the maximum allowed, but two of those appearances were in the same game.
A state rules interpreter ruled that Floro's two appearances on Wednesday -- he started, left after five and returned to get the final out -- count as only one because they came in one game.