Roster set for baseball all-star North team

By David Witte / sports@losbanosenterprise.comMay 16, 2013 

For the second year in a row, Los Banos High's Mike Lemos will be involved in the Merced County North/South Rotary All-Star baseball game, coaching the north team along with Atwater High's Jared Pimentel.

The game is at 7 p.m. on June 8 and Merced College.

Five players from the city of Los Banos will play for the north team -- outfielders Corbin Lilledahl and Delvonte Moore and infielder/pitcher Cristian Garnica from Los Banos High, and infielder/catcher Kenneth Remulla and infielder/pitcher Omar Sierra from Pacheco High.

Hilmar coach Justin Steelman and former Merced High coach Lou Souza put on the event, which they brought back a few years ago after a break, according to Lemos.

"We send our all-league rosters in to Coach Steelman and Coach Souza," said Lemos, who played in the all-star game when he played for Dos Palos, "and they go with the first-teamers from the leagues and try to fill the team, then they move on to the second-teamers."

The north team is composed of Los Banos, Pacheco, Buhach Colony, Atwater, Hilmar, Livingston and Gustine, and the south team is drawn from Merced, Golden Valley, Dos Palos, Mariposa, Chowchilla, Stone Ridge Christian and Le Grand.

Dos Palos coach Kevin Jones said the south team has not been finalized yet, and he doesn't know which of his players will be chosen. Efrain Del Rio and Adam Coronado played last year.

After the game, the coaches will get together and draw a Merced County all-star team to take on the Stanislaus County all-star team June 14, also at Merced College.

"That's a great atmosphere, seeing that caliber team from that county," Lemos said. "That was an eye-opener last year, the talent and the pitching that they have."

Coaching former league foes from Livingston and Pacheco will be a different experience for Lemos, fresh out of an intense league battle that saw LB, Pacheco and Livingston in a three-way tie for fourth.

"I was happy to see (the two Pacheco players)," Lemos said. "Those two boys went through that program when it was struggling. To go through that and get the accolades after, that shows all kids if you get through that, you will have some success and you will be rewarded."

Sophomore success gives hope

After the Los Banos varsity squad felt it underachieved in league play, Lemos can look to his sophomore squad and its 21-4 record for some reassurance.

"They're so competitive and they never give up," Lemos said. "I think coach (David) Duke does a good job. A lot of times teams like that you can put them out there and let them play, but you don't win 21 games by doing that. He would do things to get that motor started."

The sophomore squad went 9-3 in league play, dropping two games to Central Catholic and one to Ceres.

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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