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Bulldogs obliterate Hawks, remain first in conference standings
Ceres High School continued its softball supremacy over crosstown rival Central Valley last week.

The visiting Bulldogs won the varsity contest, 9-1, on Friday and improved to 12-0 versus the Hawks.

"It's nice to see the girls I coached last year," Central Valley head coach/former Bulldog assistant Kristen Ghimenti said. "It's a friendly rivalry. It's always fun."

Senior pitcher Kaycee Creek allowed just one hit, struck out six and walked one in six innings for first-place Ceres High, which moved to 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings. The Hawks dropped to 1-7 in league play.

Bulldog freshman Ali Lowman replaced Creek, who improved her all-time record against Central Valley to 8-0. Lowman gave up one unearned run and one hit with one strikeout and one walk.

"I like being on the winning side," Creek said. "It feels pretty good."

Ceres High had multiple contributors on offense.

Alexis Cummings led the way with three hits, four RBIs and two runs.

Jessica Ellsworth and Camrynn Broumas both batted 3-for-5 from the plate with two runs scored.

Kassandra Carrillo had three RBIs.

Lowman singled and drove in one run.

Laura Story and Angelica Knights each collected one hit.

Central Valley sophomore pitcher Lexy Cordova surrendered nine runs, scattered 13 hits, fanned one and walked four in seven innings.

Cordova and freshman Lynaya Lerma accounted for both of the Hawks' hits.

The Bulldogs pushed two runs across the plate in the first inning, three in the third and four in the sixth.

Central Valley tallied its lone run in the final inning. Cordova reached on an error and courtesy runner Courtney Ahart scored on Lerma's infield single. Cummings, Ceres High's shortstop, made a diving stop and threw wide to first base. "I'm not disappointed in how we played," Ghimenti said. "Offensively, we put the ball in play. Defensively, we played extremely well. We cut down our errors."

Ceres High faced second-place Los Banos (5-2) on Tuesday, April 24. The final score was unavailable before press time.