Pacheco baseball tames Los Banos in extra innings

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comApril 18, 2013 

Round Two of this week's Pacheco-Los Banos home-and-home series went to Pacheco, but it didn't come easy in a 10-9 Pacheco win that went eight innings.

Sophomore Jerry Salomon, who was called up to varsity just before league play began, was the hero with a walk-off bloop single in the bottom of the eighth inning that carried just over the glove of second baseman Chester Amaral and scored senior Carlos Angulo.

"A hit's a hit, no matter where it lands," Angulo said.

Salomon went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a triple, one of six triples for Pacheco.

"Best thing ever," Salomon said about that last hit. "My third base hit of this season. All three base hits I got today were my only base hits."

The Panthers' offense exploded for 18 hits, with seven members of the lineup reaching base twice or more.

"They started timing Chester a little bit," Los Banos coach Mike Lemos said. "With a pitcher without a lot of velocity who hits his spots, he has to hit his spots even better later in the game."

Los Banos got on the board first, courtesy of a Delvonte Moore double and a Pacheco error on an Amaral bunt, followed by a long hit to a hidden corner of the field by Gabe Lopez that tailed away from PHS center fielder Mark Garcia. Lopez, a guy not known for his speed (listed as a 6-foot-2, 285-pound offensive lineman in last fall's football program) rumbled to a standup triple.

Three more LB runs scored in the third on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Euley sandwiched by RBI singles by Moore and Lopez.

Pacheco's hitters seemed like they could do no wrong in two separate innings, starting with a five-run third that saw triples by Angulo (a two-run knock), Adam Lopez and Salomon and tied the game 5-5. Los Banos re-took the lead in the top of the fourth on a run-scoring, ground-rule double by Corbin Lilledahl that would have been an easy triple had it stayed in the park, and two in the top of the sixth on a Cristian Garnica single and a Lilledahl groundout that scored Garnica.

The Panthers went on another run in the bottom of the inning for four runs, sparked by triples from Kenneth Remulla and Omar Sierra that put Pacheco up 9-8.

Los Banos tied the score in the top of the seventh when Moore singled and advanced to third on an error while stealing second, then scored on an Amaral sacrifice fly.

The game looked to be over when Pacheco's Richard Soliz, who entered in the sixth in relief of starter Omar Sierra, led off with a triple to the right-field gap off LB reliever Chris Castillo.

"Chris did a heck of a job with a runner on third and no outs," said Lemos, who went out to chat with Castillo after the triple. "His words were, 'Nope, I'm striking these three guys out.' "

Castillo was almost as good as his word, getting a strikeout, a pop fly to shallow right field (too shallow to tag) and another strikeout.

With a second wind, Lemos told his players before extra innings, "If you're not fired up right now, something's wrong with you!" But LB sputtered in the top of the eighth, putting runners on with an error and a Castillo single before a running catch by Pacheco left fielder Angulo ended the threat.

Pacheco's Angulo led off the bottom of the frame with a walk, then advanced to second when Adam Lopez took a pitch that grazed his shoulder. Salomon did the rest.

Both teams faltered on Tuesday, with LB dropping a 13-1 loss to Ceres and Pacheco losing 18-11 to 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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