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Bulldogs place third
Ceres High School's varsity baseball team had a successful run at the Windemuth Classic last week in Modesto.

The Bulldogs won all four of their games.

Ceres High upset Pitman 5-3 for third place Thursday afternoon at Grace Davis High School.

Escalon earned the right to compete for the title because it allowed fewer runs than the Bulldogs.

"I'm definitely proud of the team," Ceres High ace pitcher Tyler Cummings said. "We made a big leap from how we've been playing. It's a bummer we didn't get to the championship game."

Cummings pitched a complete game against the Pride, the top-ranked team in the Central California Conference. The right-handed junior allowed four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.

"I could have done better," said Tyler, who also scored twice on offense.

Bulldog assistant coach Steve Bussard spoke to his players before the start of the final inning.

"We got a chance to do something special right now," he stated.

Ahead 5-3, Cummings retired the first two batters via groundout.

Pitman proceeded to load the bases thanks to an error and a pair of walks.

Mike Lopes struck out looking to end the contest.

"I knew from the beginning I was going to throw a complete game," Cummings said. "I just had to keep my composure."

Ceres High, the fourth-best team in the Valley Oak League (2-4). built a 3-1 lead midway through the game.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning.

Nick Welsh's double scored Mark Schwark and Tyler Brenning.

Welsh collected three RBIs.

Chad Atchison batted 2-for-3 from the plate with a double and one run scored.

Wes Ward singled, drove in a run and scored once in three at-bats.

Ceres High (8-8-1) had a productive Spring Break. The Bulldogs played respectable baseball for four consecutive games.

""We embarrassed ourselves last year," Bussard said.

Ceres High also earned a small measure of revenge against Pitman, which won the first meeting between the two teams by a score of 12-0 on March 6 in Turlock.

"They beat us pretty bad last time," Cummings said.

The Bulldogs will face VOL rival Weston Ranch (0-4) twice this week. The second game will be played in Ceres this Thursday at 4 p.m.