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Ceres High's varsity baseball team picked up a much-needed win Friday, beating visiting Atwater 5-4 at Art McRae Field.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (2-5).

"We know we can win," Ceres High senior third baseman Zack Atchison said. "We just haven't been doing it."

The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons in dramatic fashion. Robert Cope walked with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, moved to second on Martino Bertolotti's two-strike single to left field and raced home on Atchison's walkoff hit up the middle.

"I was just looking for a fastball and he gave it to me," Zack said. "It feels good."

Ceres' Jimmy Chesney worked a scoreless seventh for the win, allowing two hits while striking out one.

Chesney earned the victory in relief of freshman Tyler Cummings, who allowed four runs on nine walks and four hits with six strikeouts.

"This is the best performance I've had this season so far," Cummings said.

"He (Tyler) kept us in it," Ceres co-head coach Julio Marquez said. "I'm proud of him for how he hung in there when things went bad. He battled."

The Bulldogs collected 10 hits off Atwater's pitching staff.

Grant Hurst went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Atchison had two hits and drove in two runs. Cummings added two singles. Matt Smith, Jonathan Alonzo and Robert Cope all singled.

"We strung hits together today," Atchison said. "It gives our team a lot of confidence going into league."

Ceres will take on defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and Valley Oak League champion Oakdale this week.

The Bulldogs will host the Mustangs today and play on the road on Thursday. Both contests begin at 4 p.m.