PBB: Chargers battle back, fall in 8 innings

Dos Pueblos had a wild baseball season opener on Saturday.

The Chargers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score at 7-7. But Newbury Park scored a run in the eighth to win 8-7 in the Easton Tournament game at Scott O’Leary Field.

“I’m very proud of this team and the way we handled ourselves being down early,” DP coach Nick Katzenstein said. “They didn’t ever give up and kept fighting till the last pitch.”

The Panthers jumped on DP for four runs in the first inning and led 7-1 after four innings.

Dos Pueblos got a run back in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Luke Coffey after back-to-back hits by Gio Macias and Dustin Demeter.

The Chargers got another run in the sixth, and Darby Naughton shut down Newbury Park’s offense.

In the seventh, DP erupted for five runs and stranded the winning run at second base.

Newbury Park took an 8-7 lead in the eighth. The Panthers got a lead-off double and moved the runner to third with one out. They hit a liner to first base for the second out. A misplayed fly ball allowed the winning run to score.

Demeter went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, Jesse Speier drove in three runs and Macias went 2-3 with two runs to lead the Charger attack.

DP resumes tournament play Tuesday at L.A. City power Chatsworth.