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Ceres baseball squad defeats Davis
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Ceres High varsity baseball coach Tim Williams used one word to describe Hector Reyes' performance.


The senior pitcher allowed just three hits and struck out six batters during the Bulldogs' 5-3 win over Grace Davis on Thursday at Art McRae Field in Ceres. Reyes also drove in two runs for Ceres, which improved to 2-3 in the Modesto Metro Conference standings. The Spartans fell to 2-3 in the MMC standings.

"He did a great job pitching wise and offensively," Williams said.

Reyes played with an injured left knee. He got spiked while covering second base earlier in the week.

"He gutted his way through it," Williams said. "That shows a lot of heart."

Said Reyes: "I tried not to let it bother me. I just wanted to win. I just couldn't let my team down."

Davis took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.

Micah Spencer reached base on an infield single, moved to second and third on passed balls, and scored on Phil Torkelson's grounder.

Then Ceres rallied for the game-winning runs. The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Luis Malagon led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on Derrick Goblirsch's chopping single, which bounced over the third baseman's head and into left field.

Malagon and Goblirsch scored on Reyes' double to left-center on a 1-2 count with two outs in the inning. Spencer, Davis' ace pitcher, allowed the hit. He came on in relief for Derek Cram.

"I got the pitch I was looking for," Reyes said. "And just took it."

Tyler Tresenrider followed with an RBI single to right field, scoring pinch runner Ray Sewell from second.

Ceres evened the score at 2-all in the fifth inning. Reyes lined a double into the left-center gap and scored on Tresnerider's single to left field.

Goblirsch crushed a solo homer over the left field fence to cut Davis' lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Spartans didn't threaten in the final inning. Reyes retired Moises Burciaga and Kris Moscato via strikeout and David Contreras by groundout.

JV Dawgs win

Chad Bennett, Rick Walters, Armando Valencia, Jimmy Perales and Ray Perea guided the Ceres High JV baseball team past Grace Davis 3-2 on Thursday in Ceres.

Bennett was the starting pitcher. He fanned eight batters in five innings for the Bulldogs, who improved to 2-3 in the Modesto Metro Conference, 8-5 overall.

Walters picked up the win in relief. He fanned two, walked none and allowed two hits in two innings.

Valencia drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Perales led off with a double, moved to third on Perea's sacrifice and scored on Valencia's single with one out in the inning.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 at the end of the first inning. Valencia walked and scored on Brent Avila's double.

Ceres evened the score at 2-all in the sixth inning. Perales double, moved to second on Perea's bunt and scored on a wild throw to first base. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier