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Atwater tops Ceres baseball team
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Derrick Goblirsch turned in another solid performance for the Ceres High baseball team. The junior pitcher allowed four runs on five hits and struck out four batters but it wasn't enough to lead the Bulldogs past Atwater in Ceres on Friday.

"We have to be able to put some runs on the board," said Ceres coach Tim Williams. "We can't expect him to shut everybody out."

Ceres collected just four hits and left more than six runners on base during its 4-1 loss to Atwater.

"We had eight at bats with runners in scoring position and we were only able to get two hits and score one run," Williams said.

"One run is not going to do it in high-school baseball, especially in the CCC."

The Falcons improved to 2-4 in the Central California Conference standings.

The Bulldogs fell to 1-5 in league, 3-8 overall.

Brian Gilbertson, Atwater's starting pitcher, held Ceres in check for five innings. He had five strikeouts.

Atwater built a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning.

Tyler Button had a two-run double down the right-field line.

The Falcons added two more runs in the fourth inning.

John Martin had a two-run single to center field.

Ceres scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Goblirsch scored from second on Hector Reyes' base hit down the left-field line.

Falcons 3, Dawgs 2

Ceres pitcher Mike Arnold held the Falcons scoreless for six innings at Memorial Ballpark in Atwater on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs misplayed a grounder--made three errant throws on the play--and allowed the Falcons to overcome a two-run deficit with one out and the bases loaded in the final inning.

Arnold gave up three hits and had eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Robby Svendsen pitched a complete game for Atwater. He had five strikeouts.

- By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier