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Baisdon tosses a no-hitter
Dustin Baisdon felt like smiling but contained his excitement until he recorded the last out.

"It was in the back of my mind," he said. "It was tough to keep my composure and from grinning. I buckled down and got it."

The Ceres High senior pitched a no-hitter as the Bulldogs edged Livingston 2-0 in Game 1 of their Western Athletic Conference series on Tuesday, March 22 at Art McRae Field.

"I'll definitely remember this for the rest of my life," Baisdon said. "My teammates and coaches were excited for me."

Said Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette: "It was well-deserved."

Livingston's final batter grounded out to Baisdon.

"I saw the ball coming," he said. "The play was in slow motion. I was just thinking to myself don't mess this up."

Bulldog third baseman Tyler Brenning helped Baisdon keep his no-hitter intact in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brenning fielded a bunt and threw a strike on the run to first base.

"It was a spectacular play," Baisdon said. "My defense really stepped up."

Dustin improved to 3-1 on the year.

He retired 21 of 23 batters during the course of the game, including seven by strikeout.

Baisdon relied on just two pitches. Wes Ward played catcher.

"My changeup wasn't working so I used my curveball and fastball," he said.

Said Durossette: "He had command of his pitches. He almost threw a perfect game."

Ceres High batted .346 (9-for-26) as a team on offense.

Baisdon and Brent Ward both singled twice.

Jonathan Medeiros singled and drove in one run.

Nick Welsh had a single and a run.

Brandon Aravalos, A.J. Fontana and Jimbo Pernetti all contributed one hit.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Welsh reached on an error and later scored on Aravalos' sacrifice fly to center field. Nick jarred the ball loose from Livingston's catcher while sliding head first at home plate.

CHS 7, Livingston 6

The Bulldogs won Game 2 of the WAC series, 7-6, in extra innings on Friday in Ceres.

Tyler Cummings was the winning pitcher.

Baisdon batted 3-for-3 with a double and three runs.

Pernetti and Brent Ward chipped in with one hit apiece.

Ceres High scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.