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Lemos heroic for Dos Palos

DOS PALOS -- Sean Lemos was in familiar territory.

The Dos Palos senior already had a walk-off hit to his credit, beating Mariposa earlier in the season.

The first-round of the CIF Central Section Division IV playoffs, however, was admittedly a much bigger stage.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, the game tied 5-5 and the bases loaded, Lemos got his chance to live out every kid's dream.

"The pitcher was behind in the count and he'd just walked a guy, so I knew he was coming in with a fastball," Lemos said. "The fact that we'd already tied the game took a lot of the pressure off.

"I just wanted to put something in play."

Lemos got the 1-0 fastball he was looking for and knew as soon as he swung.

The right fielder flipped his bat, shot his hands triumphantly into the air and practically skipped to first as he watched his line drive drop into center field.

Christian Larragoitiy scored from third, giving Dos Palos a dramatic 6-5, two-out, come-from-behind victory over Taft on Thursday.

No. 4 Dos Palos (18-7) will face No. 1 Chowchilla next Tuesday.

"Chowchilla beat us 3-2 and 2-0 earlier in the season, and it's always a big matchup," DP coach Kevin Jones said. "They're a well-coached team and it should be a good game."

DP was a strike away from never reaching that game.

Staked to a 5-4 lead, Taft starter Matt Davis quickly recorded two outs in the seventh.

DP responded by loading the bases with a pair of walks and an error.

Colin Doyle scored on a wild pitch to tie the game and Kevin Schofield drew a walk to set up Lemos' heroics.

"These kids have been doing it for the last three years," Jones said. "When you're down to your last out it pays to have a veteran team."