Cross-town softball game yields shutout for Los Banos

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 10, 2013 

For a while, it looked like Friday's softball game between Los Banos and Pacheco might be competitive -- but that was before Los Banos reeled off nine hits and 10 runs in the fourth inning of a 12-0 victory.

"We worked on it yesterday for about an hour, just getting jumps at second base, and it panned out today," Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. "Our biggest thing after Wednesday's game was we need to have better leads to score on those hits. And it worked. We got timely hitting we didn't get the other day, because we've been leaving runners on all year."

With Los Banos up 2-0 after Angela Rodriguez scored on a Taylor Harris groundout in the first inning and Mayra Espitia scored on a Brianna Flores single in the second, Pacheco got the first two batters of the fourth inning out before the next 10 straight batters reached base. The highlight was a Rodriguez three-run home run over the left-field fence.

"We always look forward to playing Pacheco because it's a nice friendly rivalry. We get to play against our friends," Rodriguez said. "It looked perfect and I had to swing at it. It felt so nice coming off the bat, too."

Though most of the hits during that streak were solid, legitimate hits, Pacheco coach Charlie Pikas felt the third out should have come before the streak started.

"It's all about the process. It sounds politically correct and cheesy at times, but we're not going to build this in one or two seasons," Pikas said. "We have a good group of kids now, we have a lot of the starters coming back next year, we're going to get some help from the lower levels and the kids coming in next year."

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

Enterprise reporter David Witte can be reached by phone at 388-6565 or by e-mail at

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