Los Banos softball falls twice to perennial power

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

Los Banos softball's double header Wednesday against perennial Central Section power Buchanan featured one close game and one that wasn't so close.

Los Banos never led in the first game, but held Buchanan close in a 4-3 loss. Buchanan led 4-1 after two singles and a double brought two across in the fifth inning, but for the most part pitcher Brianna Flores kept the Bears in check.

Los Banos had its chance for a spectacular finish in the bottom of the seventh when singles by Nicole Marchese and Taylor Harris brought a pair of runs across, but a strikeout ended the threat.

"Like I was explaining to the girls, year in and year out, Buchanan, those Clovis schools, they've got some girls that can play," Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. "It's just a matter of competing against that kind of competition."

After a short break, the two teams went at it again, and this time the Buchanan offense woke up, with junior center fielder Megan Salazar launching a pair of home runs against LB starter Taylor Harris. Salazar finished with 8 RBI.

"I know we're a good hitting team, and we just started hitting the ball in the second game," Buchanan coach Dean Gregory said. "They made a couple of little miscues, and we capitalized."

Los Banos held the lead for half an inning when a Savannah Peña RBI single and a Melanie Silva sacrifice fly put the Tigers up 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth, but Salazar's first homer put Buchanan up 4-2 in the top of the fifth.

"The first game, we were right in the mix," Caropreso said. "We were in the mix in this game, couple of pitches left up, and they have a good hitter who did a good job with it. But it's just a matter of our girls believing in themselves."

Los Banos opens league play today on the road at Central Valley.

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at sports@losbanosenterprise.com

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