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Bulldogs win twice in Windemuth
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The Ceres High varsity baseball team defeated Hughson 4-1 at the 35th annual Dick Windemuth Classic Wednesday morning in Modesto.

Coach Tim Williams didn't attend the game. He phoned assistant coach Bruce Scott late in the afternoon to find out how the Bulldogs did.

"It's been real hectic," Williams said.

"My wife went into labor. I've been in the hospital since 3 a.m."

Ceres (7-4) compiled a 2-2 record in Pool A at the Windemuth tourney.

The Bulldogs played four games in three days.

"As a staff we're not disappointed at all," said Ceres pitching coach Greg Magni. "We wanted to get some atbats and get our pitchers ready for our next challenge, which is league."

Added Scott: "We were really pleased with all of our pitchers. If we can shore up the defense, we will be able to compete with anyone in the league. I think we have a legitimate shot at playoffs."

Ceres' pitching staff allowed 14 runs. Just four of those runs were earned.

"We were outhitting teams," Magni said. "It was our defensive miscues that gave gifts to the other teams."

Hector Reyes, Derrick Goblirsch and Luis Malagon all pitched two hitters for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Jonathan Montez, Ceres' No. 3 starter, struggled.

"We did have some strong pitching performances," Magni said. "Three of the four starts were complete games."

Malagon shut down Hughson at Beyer High School. The junior threw a complete game. He fanned six batters and walked none.

"He's been our closer in the preseason," Magni said.

Sophomore Tyler Tresenrider went 1-for-3 from the plate with two RBI, Goblirsch collected two hits and an RBI and Jake Loveland drove in one run against the Huskies.

Ceres scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning.

Jake Garrett reached first on a fielder's choice, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on an error.

Hughson evened the score at 1-all in the top of the fourth. The Bulldogs committed two errors in the inning.

Ceres extended its lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning.

Goblirsch and Reyes scored on Loveland's single to right field.

The Bulldogs added an insurance run with two out in the sixth inning.

Goblirsch singled, moved to second on a fielder's choice and scored on Tresenrider's line drive single into the right-center field gap.

"It was a nice way to close out the tournament," Scott said.

On Tuesday, March 29, Ceres lost 8-7 to Manteca at Beyer and 3-1 to Pioneer of Woodland at Downey High School.

Down 8-4, Ceres scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to get within one run against the Buffaloes.

"We had the winning run on second base," Magni said.

Ceres edged Grace Davis 3-2 at Downey High on Monday, March 28.

Reyes scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. He walked, moved to second on Montez's single, to third on a passed ball and scored on Loveland's single.

The Bulldogs tallied the game-tying run in the seventh inning.

Loveland scored from third on Brian Borges' grounder.

Reyes was also the winning pitcher. Both of the runs he allowed were unearned thanks in part to three Ceres errors.

"Hector threw a great game," Magni said. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier