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Baisden, Cardelli, Guerra part of East's winning outcome
Ceres High's Dustin Baisdon and Matt Cardelli, and Central Valley's Greg Guerra all played a role in leading the East to a 9-7 win at the 21st Annual Stanislaus County Large-School All-Star Baseball Classic on Saturday, June 12 at Modesto's John Thurman Field.

"We had a lot of fun," Cardelli said. "We showed we can compete with the best people from this area. Hopefully, we (Dustin and I) make it next year."

"It was special experience," Baisdon said. "To actually get to play on that field was really cool."

Matt and Dustin were selected to participate in the all-star game following successful junior campaigns with the Bulldogs.

"After we found out, we went out and celebrated with our friends," Cardelli said.

Matt singled, drove in a run and scored once for the East All-Stars. He started at second base during the sixth through ninth innings. He was the team's leftfielder in the fifth inning.

"I was just happy to be there," Cardelli said. "I didn't care if I played much."

Baisdon pitched a perfect seventh inning, retiring three West batters via strikeout.

"All my pitches were working," Dustin said. "It definitely gives me a lot of confidence going into next year."

Cardelli and Baison helped propel the Modest-based Eastlake Titans travel club to a pair of wins the same day as the East-West showdown.

"Me and Dustin have played together since we were little," Matt said.

Guerra, a 2010 Central Valley graduate, pitched an inning of scoreless relief. He entered the contest in the sixth inning.

The West held a commanding 6-0 lead heading into the fourth inning.

The East proceeded to push six runs across home plate.

"That's how most of our games were with Ceres High," Cardelli said.

The Bulldogs finished 16-10-1 on the year and fourth overall in the VOL standings (10-6).

The Hawks went 13-13 and 7-9 (sixth place).

Dustin was named to the VOL first team.

Matt and Greg earned second-team accolades.