Dos Palos leads Pacheco a loss

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMarch 15, 2013 

DOS PALOS -- Dos Palos baseball got the best of Pacheco with a 7-3 win Friday on the strength of two triples and a complete-game pitching performance from Adam Coronado.

"I was seeing the fastball pretty good," Coronado said. "Just put the head of the bat on it and that's about it. It was pretty straightforward."

Coronado put the Broncos up 1-0 in the bottom of the first when he singled and later scored on a double by Efrain Del Rio. Pacheco tied the game in the fourth when Victor Cortez singled in Omar Sierra.

Coronado put DP on top for good in the bottom of the frame, launching a bases-loaded triple over the right fielder's head. He tripled again in the sixth.

"We're trying to get across to the guys, we're trying to eliminate the big inning," Pacheco coach Joey Costa said. "If you're going to give up a crooked number in an inning, that's hard to come back from. The good part is that we were still competing, but the outcome wasn't what we wanted."

On the mound, Coronado kept Pacheco guessing except for the top of the sixth, when Chris Carnero and Carlos Angulo each batted in a run.

"I was feeling pretty good," Coronado said. "I was feeling confident, pretty confident in my defense and you know, just throwing strikes, keeping the batters off balance."

Dos Palos went 1-2 at the Chowchilla Preseason Tournament over the weekend, and hosts Los Banos Saturday in a double header starting at 11 a.m.

Pacheco bounced back on Monday with a 6-4 win over Ripon, completing a sweep after an 8-5 win earlier this season. A handful of Ripon errors helped Pacheco's cause.

"It's good that we were able to come back and not be down after the Dos Palos game," Costa said. "The big positive for me is that, based on our schedule, if we do have a setback, we may have a day to go out and fix some things."

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