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Bulldogs secure 15th consecutive win in WAC play
Ceres High will face host Central Valley this week
Sophomore Callie Nunes tossed a complete-game shutout while propelling Ceres High to a 10-0 victory over visiting El Capitan in varsity softball last Thursday. Nunes tallied nine strikeouts and two walks over six innings. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School’s varsity softball team extended its unbeaten streak in Western Athletic Conference play to 15 games this past week.

The Bulldogs improved to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in the WAC standings with a 10-0 sixth-inning mercy-rule blowout of El Capitan on Thursday in Ceres.

Ceres High won all 12 of its conference games last season.

“The girls did so good,” Bulldogs head coach Angela Durossette said.

The Bulldogs batted .469 (15-for-32) from as a team on offense.

Nicole Bates finished 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBIs and three runs.

Jessica Arreola finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Sabrina Baisdon finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Rayohna Sagapolu finished 2-for-4 with two runs.

Mahlena O’Neal finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, and one RBI.

Ali Lowman finished 1-for-1 with one run.

Ariel Knights finished 1-for-3 with one run.

Kinsey Ward scored once.

Ceres High tallied four runs in the bottom of the first inning, one in the second and fourth, and four in the sixth.

“Everybody contributed,” Durossette said. “It was nice.”

El Capitan mustered just four hits off Bulldog pitcher Callie Nunes, who tossed a complete-game shutout.

Nunes had nine strikeouts and two walks in six innings.

Host Ceres High defeated Gregori 12-5 in non-conference play on March 17.

“That helped us get ready for El Capitan,” Durossette said.

The Bulldogs collected 10 hits.

O’Neal finished 2-for-4 with one double, three RBIs and one run.

Bates finished 3-for-4 with one triple, one double, two RBIs and two runs.

Sagapolu finished 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI and two runs.

Andrea Duran finished 1-for-2 with three runs

Mackenzie Veuve batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs

Arreola finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Nunes knocked in one run.

Knights, Lowman and Ward all scored once.

Ceres High built a 6-0 lead early in the game.

“Our goal is to win every inning,” Durossette said.

Nunes picked up the win on the mound in relief of Sagapolu.

Callie allowed no runs and two hits with four strikeouts and no walks in 41/3 innings.

Sagapolu surrendered four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and three walks over 22/3 innings.

Ceres High will face crosstown-rival Central Valley on the road this Thursday at 4 p.m.