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Ceres Red 8s finish second overall at Bel Passi event
Ceres Youth Baseball had three eight-and-under all-star teams compete at the Bel Passi Invitational Tournament.

Second-seeded Ceres Red compiled a 3-2 record on its way to a runner-up finish in the Gold Bracket.

Fourth-seeded Ceres Black failed to win a game.

Ceres Grey placed last in the Silver Bracket.

Ceres Red lost 13-12 to Bel Passi Red in the title game on Thursday, July 26.

Andrew Brown, Eliot Key and Victor Magana all homered in defeat.

"We had the lead and couldn't hold them," head coach Tom Raleigh said. "Baseball comes with highs and lows."

Bel Passi Red overcame a 12-9 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ceres Red, which compiled an 0-3 record against Bel Passi Red this summer, made three errors.

"We could have been more focused going into that last inning," Raleigh said. "There was a lot of excitement and nerves. The kids played well until the end. It could have gone either way."

Ceres Red beat Oakdale twice (12-0, 12-4) and Ceres Black once (12-6).

Ceres Red dropped two games to Bel Passi Red (6-4, 13-12).

Ceres Red had a successful 2012 campaign.

Ceres Red's crowning achievement was finishing in first place at Pinto Section Tournament.

"It was a long, hard season," said Raleigh, whose team also captured the Costa crown, and took third in Brentwood and Newman. "The boys learned a lot, really grew and had fun."

Ceres Black compiled an 0-4 record.

Ceres Black lost twice to Bel Passi Red, and once to Ceres Red and Oakdale.

Ceres Grey lost to Bel Passi Royal Blue, Waterford, Atwater Youth Baseball and Atwater Little League.

"When we play on small fields, it takes away our advantage, which is speed," head coach Antone Lopez said. "We got beat by homers. We couldn't overcome the power of eight-year-old kids. We're young."

Ceres Grey posted an 8-9 record this year.

Ceres Grey placed first in Newman and third in Ceres.

"We had a good season for being underage," Lopez said. "We reached our goals. We won a tournament. We got better. We competed with everybody. We never got 10-runned."