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Bulldogs, Hawks rewarded for stellar baseball play
The decision was made without any debate.

Ceres High varsity baseball standout Brent Ward was named Western Athletic Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player in a vote by the league's head coaches on May 12 at Gino's Pizza in Livingston.

Bulldog teammates Dustin Baisdon, Jimbo Pernetti, Tyler Cummings and Nick Welsh, and Central Valley's Scott Myatt, Chris Moscozo and Frank Hernandez were also recognized for their outstanding play.

"They're very talented kids," Ceres High head coach Bret Durossette said.

Ward, a senior outfielder, had the third-highest batting average in the WAC. He hit .476 (20-for-42) with one homer, one triple, four doubles, 12 RBIs, 11 runs and six stolen bases.

"It's a great honor for him," Durossette said. "It was unanimous. Nobody else deserved it as much as he did."

Baisdon, Pernetti and Myatt made the WAC First Team.

Dustin, a senior centerfielder, batted .442 (23-for-52) with four doubles, four RBIs, 12 runs and six stolen bases.

Jimbo, a sophomore shortstop, batted .340 (17-for-50) with one homer, one triple, two doubles, seven RBIs, eight runs and one stolen base.

"He had a solid year," Durossette said.

Scott, a senior catcher, batted .250 (10-for-40) with three singles, one RBI and four runs. Myatt threw out and picked off multiple runners on defense.

"He got the honor based on what he did on both sides of the ball," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "He'll be hard to replace. He's definitely one of the top five players in the program's history."

Cummings, Welsh and Moscozo were selected to the WAC Second Team.

Tyler, a senior pitcher, compiled a 4-1 record with a 2.85 ERA, 30 strikeouts and two complete games.

Nick, a junior utility player, batted .324 (12-for-37) with two homers, one double, six RBIs, 13 runs and four stolen bases.

Chris, a senior outfielder, batted .370 (17-for-46) with three doubles, four RBIs, six runs and six stolen bases.

"He had a good year," Magni said. "He was one of our best pitchers. He led us in a number of offensive categories."

Frank, a senior third baseman, received honorable-mention accolades. He hit .326 (14-for-43) with two singles, six RBIs, five runs and one stolen base while batting cleanup for Central Valley, which finished fifth in the WAC standings (5-10).

"He pretty much carried us the last three weeks of the season," Magni said. "He improved tremendously."

Ceres High placed third in conference play (9-6) and qualified for the Division-IV playoffs.

The Bulldogs lost two of three games to the crosstown Hawks this year.