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Bulldogs place second in pool play at Vermeulen tourney
Ceres High School's summer baseball team secured a split while competing at the 22nd Ron Vermeulen Tournament, June 30-July 2 in Modesto.

The Bulldogs finished in second place in Pool A with a 2-2 record.

Ceres High failed to qualify for the championship bracket.

"Obviously, we wanted to advance," head coach John Bussard said. "But I don't think the kids were too disappointed we didn't have to play more games. They were pretty worn out."

The tournament was held in 90-plus degree heat.

"We made sure everybody stayed hydrated," Bussard said.

Ceres High defeated Beyer 7-2 on July 2.

"We did a lot of little things right," Bussard said.

Haydon Turpin accumulated five strikeouts while pitching a complete game.

He collected a single on offense.

Brent Bussard and Brett Conway both drove in a run and singled.

The Bulldogs posted a 10-5 win over River City on July 1.

David Page (six innings) and A.J. Fontana (one inning) both pitched.

Turpin, Fontana and Brad Bussard contributed one RBI apiece.

Jimmy Bates and Dylan Canatsy singled.

The Bulldogs lost 5-4 to Bellarmine on June 30.

Jimbo Pernetti, Ceres High's starting pitcher, went the distance. He had two strikeouts.

Pernetti helped his own cause with an RBI double.

Brent Bussard and Joey Carrillo each collected one RBI and hit.

The Bulldogs suffered an 8-6 while battling Johansen on June 30.

Brent Bussard tallied four strikeouts while logging 31/3 innings of relief in place of Conway.

Brett had two strikeouts.

Turpin plated two runs with a single.

Pernetti and Brandon Machado chipped in with RBI doubles.

Fontana batted 2-for-2.

Hawks secure split

Central Valley High School's summer baseball team won one of its two games.

Ruben Casas allowed just two runs and struck out eight while leading the Hawks past Grace Davis, 9-5, on June 29 in Modesto.

Fabian Valencia totaled four strikeouts while pitching two scoreless innings.

Jed Cundiff knocked in four runs with a pair of bases-loaded singles.

Central Valley lost 4-2 at Patterson on June 28.