Los Banos baseball tops Pacheco 7-2

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comApril 12, 2013 

The Los Banos High School baseball team stumbled in the first inning, but cruised the rest of the way in a 7-2 win over cross-town rival Pacheco High.

"I wanted to beat them since I didn't beat them in basketball," said LB outfielder Delvonte Moore, whose triple sparked a four-run second for the Tigers.

But after the first inning, Los Banos sat stunned as Pacheco took a 2-0 lead when Carlos Angulo grounded home leadoff hitter Kenneth Remulla and Victor Cortez singled in Miguel Martinez.

"(I told them) there's a lot of game left. We knew they were going to come swing the bats," Los Banos coach Mike Lemos said. "The games we scouted, and talking to the coaches they played, they put the ball in play. So we knew we were going to have to play seven, and those guys played a complete seven-inning ballgame, never let up, and we just had to score our runs.

"We tried to keep them from panicking. You could tell there was a little bit of 'Oh crap,' you know."

After that first inning though, Los Banos starter Cristian Garnica settled down, allowing just four baserunners the rest of the game.

"They were getting shots off me," Garnica said. "I had to place the ball in spots."

The swell of confidence the Pacheco team (9-10, 1-4 Western Athletic Conference) felt early in the game faded as the Tigers took control.

"We came out and we were doing some good things offensively, got the two-out knock to score the second run, and I was pretty happy with it," Pacheco coach Joey Costa said. "After that, they kept a little pressure on us, and we made way too many mistakes defensively, and I felt that's what cost us the game, was our defense."

Los Banos (12-4-1, 1-2 WAC) got the timing down on Pacheco starter Jesse Cortez in the second inning, and after Chris Castillo singled, Moore brought him around with a triple into the right-field gap that looked like a hard-hit single until the wind carried it away from center fielder Mark Garcia.

"I was out in front, but I just got -- I guess I got lucky," Moore said. "I didn't think I was going to make it to third. Chris was running slow. Super slow. I stopped at second and said, 'What?' "

Gabe Lopez and Brevin Welch hit RBI singles later in the inning to put LB up by two.

"We tend to hit guys that throw a little harder a little better, so when we get somebody slower we have to really stay back and make adjustments in the box," Lemos said. "I think we did that. We had to move up in the box and catch his curveball before it breaks into the zone."

LB added a run in the third when Moore singled in Corbin Lilledahl. Pacheco's Martinez doubled in the top of the fifth, but was left stranded. No Pacheco runner reached scoring position again, though Adam Lopez came close, only to be caught stealing second to end the sixth inning.

With the wind blowing to right field, Moore became a factor on the defensive side, chasing down fly balls down the first-base line -- including a diving catch of a drive off the bat of Pacheco's Chris Carnero in the third inning.

"We made the adjustments we've been working on, and we hit the ball the other way, and their right fielder did a heck of a job out there," Costa said. "He tracked down a bunch of balls. Give credit where it's due, he did a great job out there."

LB padded its lead in the fifth on RBI singles by Lilledahl and Castillo.

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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