LODI — Billy Flamion ended the regular season in a slump, going hitless in Central Catholic's last four games.
He snapped that slide Tuesday night by blasting a home run on the first pitch he saw in the playoffs, but that was only the start of his show.
The sophomore added a two-run triple and a single, then stayed on the mound for an astounding 153 pitches to strike out 15 batters in the Raiders' 5-4 victory over Summerville at Zupo Field.
"I didn't realize I threw that many," Flamion said. "I knew I was at 105 pitches in the sixth and I was throwing to a real small strike zone. I figured I had to shut them down if we wanted to win."
The victory puts Central (22-6) in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs, where they will meet Calaveras — a surprise victor over previously unbeaten Escalon. The opener of the best-of-three series will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Zupo Field.
"I wanted Escalon," Flamion said. "I wanted us to beat the streak. But we played Calaveras earlier this year and they're really scrappy."
Flamion backed up his solo homer with a two-run, two-out triple to center in the second as the Raiders jumped to a 3-0 lead. But the Bears (12-11) tied the game in a three-run third inning highlighted by RBI singles from Dylan Day and Zach Roberson.
Roberson, Summerville's starter, left in the fourth after giving up a tie-breaking single to Maverick Ilie. Day entered in relief and was greeted by a first-pitch double by Jeremiah Graff, giving Central a 5-3 lead.
"About six things happened tonight that just shouldn't have happened," said Raiders' coach Mike Glines. "We haven't peaked yet, I guess."