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B-Boyz finish second overall at Rainbow Fields
Ceres team compiles 11-2 record
The Ceres B-Boyz 11-and-under youth baseball team placed second during the Rainbow Fields Summer League tournament. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The Ceres B-Boyz advanced to the title game of the Rainbow Fields Summer League.

The top-seeded 11-and-under youth baseball team fell 8-4 to the second-seeded Oakdale Colts on Sept. 1.

"It was a good game," Ceres coach Anthony Rogers said. "Unfortunately, we lost."

Ceres, which collected 11 wins and just two losses on the year, won nine straight games during the regular season. The B-Boyz posted a 1-2 record against the Colts.

"It's every coach's dream to get a group of kids that are ready to learn," Rogers said. "I stressed structure and fundamentals. That's what allowed them to progress. We had everything-pitching, hitting and defense."

The B-Boyz fell behind 5-0 in the top of the first inning during the finals.

"We held them to three runs the rest of the way," Rogers said.

Devon Rogers plated Bryan Ordonez with a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

Aaron Munoz and Zander Olvera both scored on wild pitches in the second inning.

Rogers and Robert Perez collected RBIs in the third inning. Rogers and Cole O'Neal accounted for Ceres' two runs.

The B-Boyz had five runners get picked off in the title game.

"We took some chances," Anthony Rogers said.

Ceres edged the Rainbow Rebels 1-0 in the semifinals on Aug. 28.

Garrett Gruber allowed no runs and two hits with seven strikeouts over five innings.

Rogers drove in O'Neal with a fielder's choice.

The B-Boyz will compete at the 12-and-under level next summer and spring. "I'll have the same core of kids," coach Rogers said. "They work hard. They want to learn. They make it easy for me."

Ed Mendez also helped coach the B-Boyz this past season.