Los Banos High softball had a chance at league-leading Ceres, but a few mistakes and an overpowering Bulldog offense left the Tigers in the dust in a 10-3 loss.
Ceres steadily piled on the runs inning by inning, racking up 13 hits. Three Los Banos errors contributed to the big Ceres day as well.
“They hit the ball, but also, first inning of the game we gave them six outs, second inning we gave them five outs,” Los Banos coach Dustin Caropreso said. “You can’t do that against good teams, let alone mediocre teams, or you’re going to be in a ballgame you don’t want to be in.”
Los Banos put a leadoff batter on base in the first two innings (Alyssa Waltman with a walk in the first inning and Nicole Marchese with a single in the second), but couldn’t get them past second base. The Tigers didn’t score a run until the bottom of the fourth, when Brianna Flores singled inTaylor Harris and pinch-runner Breanna Cascia. Flores advanced to third as Ceres threw the ball around, but wound up stranded.
By that time, Ceres already had seven runs, and added three more in the top of the fifth on two walks, a double and an error.
“Hopefully they let it set in a little bit. Are they seven runs better than us? No, I don’t think so,” Caropreso said. “I think as of right now, they’re better than we are, but if we play the game we’re capable of playing, we’ll have a chance of winning.”
Second baseman Haley Quintana added another for Los Banos in the bottom of the fifth when she walked, advanced to third on passed balls and scored on a Melanie Silva groundout. The Tigers threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases before stranding all three runners.
“If they want to let it stick with them, then we could be in trouble next week against Pacheco and Livingston,” Caropreso said. “If they want to stew on it over the weekend and come out Monday ready to practice and get rid of it, then we should come out Wednesday and Friday and do what we’re capable of doing. But it’s a funny game, and how they want to handle it is the biggest question.”