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Ceres-Davis contest postponed
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When the Ceres and Davis high varsity softball teams face off, the games are always close.

Each team scored one run through the first five innings of play during Wednesday's Modesto Metro Conference opener in Modesto.

The contest was postponed after Davis outfielders Sara Hidalgo and Krystal Shimmel collided in the top of the sixth inning.

"It was scary," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut. "The left fielder was knocked out when we got to her."

The collision occurred when Ceres' Jennifer Arnold lifted a pop fly into left-center field. Hidalgo (left) and Shimmel (center) raced toward the ball and crumbled to the ground upon impact.

Both players remained motionless on the field for several minutes.

Then Shimmel, who managed to hold onto the ball, moved her limbs.

Hidalgo didn't.

Coaches from both teams cared for the injured players until an ambulance and fire truck arrived.

"They're going to be okay," Corsaut said. "They were taken to (Memorial) hospital for precautionary measures."

The game will be completed when the conference rivals play at Davis High on April 13.

"It was my call," Corsaut said.

"As soon as she (Davis coach Tami Wilkinson) got out there, I said I would postpone this."

The Bulldogs want to beat the Spartans at full strength.

"It would have been great to finish off today," Corsaut said. "But I'm not going to make them play with just eight players. That's wrong."

Ceres' next game is at Modesto High today at 3:30 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier