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'An impressive run'
Ceres High School's varsity baseball program tasted defeat for the first time in over a month last week when it split a two-game series with Valley Oak League rival Manteca.

"It was definitely fun," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said while talking about his team's successful run. "It put us back on the map. We found ways to win when we were losing. That says a lot about the kids. They're not quitters. They believe they can be successful."

The Buffaloes snapped Ceres High's nine-game unbeaten streak with a 12-2 mercy-rule victory at home on Friday.

The Bulldogs (13-9-1, 7-5) struggled after grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Tyler Cummings' double to right field.

Manteca (14-7-1, 9-3) scored 12 unanswered runs.

The Buffaloes also got another solid pitching effort from Matt Barber, who yielded five hits, struck out two and walked one in six innings.

CHS 13, Manteca 10

There were four lead changes and one tie during the Bulldogs' win over the Buffaloes in Game 1 on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

The two teams combined for 23 hits, 11 errors and 10 walks during the series opener.

Ceres High went ahead for good with a five-run fifth inning. Brent Ward crushed a two-run homer over the center-field fence.

The Bulldogs posted a .370 team batting average (10-for-27).

Josh Edwards finished 2-for-2 with five RBIs and one run scored.

Nick Welsh doubled, singled, drove in two runs and scored twice in three at-bats.

Wes Ward collected three runs and one single.

Dustin Baisdon had a double, a single, an RBI and two runs.

Baisdon, Ceres High's starting pitcher, gave up five earned runs and seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

Ceres High will face East Union (5-7) twice this week. The Bulldogs host the Lancers on Thursday at 4 p.m.

"We're going to try to start another winning streak," Durossette said. "I'm still waiting for the kids to play to the best of their ability. I believe in them. And they believe in what we're trying to do."