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Ceres High baseball team earns sweep
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Ceres High School's varsity baseball team continued its winning ways last week with a sweep of Weston Ranch.

The Bulldogs extended their unbeaten streak to six games by beating the Cougars 5-3 on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

Ceres High moved to 10-8-1 on the year and 4-4 in the Valley Oak League standings.

Weston Ranch dropped to 5-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

"We didn't play our best," Bulldogs head coach Bret Durossette said. "We still found a way to win."

Bulldog pitcher Tyler Cummings went the distance. The junior allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.

"There's still a lot of room for him to improve," Durossette said.

Ceres High collected five hits.

Cummings doubled, drove in one run and scored once in three at-bats.

Brent Ward batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs, one stolen base and one run.

Nick Welsh had a single, an RBI, a stolen base and a run.

Chad Atchison doubled and scored a run.

Ceres High tallied four runs in the bottom of the third inning and one in the sixth.

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning. Welsh walked, stole second and scored on Cummings' double to right-center field.

Dustin Baisdon fanned 14 and allowed just two hits during Ceres High's 11-2 win at Weston Ranch on Tuesday, April 13.

The fourth-place Bulldogs will play second-place Sierra (10-5, 5-1) twice this week.

Hawk woes continue

Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team has dropped eight of nine games since opening the Valley Oak League campaign with a 7-4 win over reigning champion Oakdale.

"It's very frustrating because we're not executing offensively," Hawks head coach Greg Magni said. "It's something we've been emphasizing all year. They're going to have to work a lot harder at practice."

Central Valley mustered just three hits in 46 at-bats while losing twice (1-0, 2-0) to Manteca in conference play last week.

Magni will continue to shuffle his lineup until he finds a solution.

"Hopefully, we can turn this around," he said. "We need a win bad."

The sixth-place Hawks (1-5) will face East Union this week. The second game will be played in Manteca on Thursday at 4 p.m.