For the second time in as many weeks, the Dos Palos baseball team walked off the field without a win or a loss after a 3-3 tie against Los Banos in the opener of the fourth-annual Jim Cantrell Memorial Tournament in Hilmar on Wednesday afternoon.
The Broncos, who tied Caruthers in a March 23 tournament game in Fowler, saw the result as a vast improvement after dropping 10-1 and 16-0 doubleheader losses to LB two weeks ago.
“Even though it’s a tie, I think that it’s definitely a confidence booster for us,” Dos Palos coach Kevin Jones said. “Mentally right now before this game, I think some of our players were like, what they did to us a couple of weeks ago, they were kind of down. You probably noticed the first couple of innings they were kind of sluggish.”
Los Banos took a lead in the first inning on a Cristian Garnica solo home run that narrowly missed Hilmar’s new scoreboard in left field. Two more came across in the second on RBI singles by Gabe Lopez and Brevin Welch.
DP sophomore Efrain Del Rio settled down after that, allowing just three more base runners in the game.
“This is a big difference in the hitters,” Del Rio said about facing the team that teed off on him two weeks ago. “Can’t give them the same pitches. You change up what you’re throwing.”
DP scored two in the fifth, centered around an Adam Coronado double, and Daniel Gamino scored the tying run in the top of the sixth when he reached on a dropped third strike and scored when Coronado walked with the bases loaded.
Other pool play scores from the Cantrell tournament included a 5-0 Mariposa win over Gustine, and Hilmar squeezing past Patterson 3-2.
El Rancho 5, Buhach 1
Buhach 2, Buena 1
SANTA MARIA — The Thunder split their first two games at the Righetti Spring Classic.
Daulton Jefferies pitched a nine-inning complete game to lead Buhach Colony (9-7) to a 2-1 win over Buena from Ventura. Jefferies needed only 88 pitches to strike out 12 hitters and give up just three hits.
While Jefferies was the star on the mound, Kaden Verdin-Cose was the hitting standout. Verdin-Cose drove in the tying run in the top of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings. He then drove in the winning run in the ninth inning. Verdin-Cose went 3 for 3.
Jefferies collected a pair of hits and drove in a run in the Thunder’s 5-1 loss to El Rancho in the first game.
Yosemite 7, Chowchilla 4
OAKHURST — Stewart Carlson went 4 for 4 with two RBIs as the Badgers (4-10 overall, 1-3 North Sequoia League) upset the Redskins.
Dustin Gaither collected two hits for Chowchilla (9-5, 2-2) and Troy Uphoff added a double and an RBI.