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Bulldogs take control late, win crosstown showdown
Ceres High's baseball program wrapped up its summer schedule with a 5-1 victory against crosstown-rival Central Valley on Tuesday, July 5.

"It feels good to win our last game of the season," Bulldogs slugger Jonathan Medeiros said.

Medeiros' two-run homer over the right-field fence gave visiting Ceres High a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning.

"He (Central Valley starting pitcher Ruben Casas) tried to throw me an outside fastball," Jonathan said. "I kept my weight back and drove it to opposite field."

The Bulldogs added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brad Bussard, Devon Ruger and Brandon Machado collected one RBI each.

"That was crucial," Ceres High assistant coach Rudy Conway said.

Bussard (two singles) had a multi-hit game on offense.

Machado tripled.

Ruger doubled.

Jimbo Pernetti, Dylan Canatsy and Carlos Moreno all singled.

Devon and Jimbo both pitched.

Ruger had one strikeout in 32/3 innings. He exited the game with a sore arm.

Pernetti fanned two batters in 31/3 innings of relief.

Central Valley grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning

Jeff Reeves scored on former Bulldog Raul Godinez's groundout.

The Hawks stranded 10 runners on base against Ceres High.

Casas retired seven Bulldog batters via strikeout in six innings. Ruben made just one mistake while facing Medeiros.

"He pitched excellent," Magni said.

Ceres High compiled a 16-7 record this summer.

"We continued to get better," head coach John Bussard said. "The program's heading in the right direction."

The Hawks went 2-11-2.

Central Valley lost its first eight games.

"I was pleased with the progress we made," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "We are much better than we were two months ago."