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Ceres varsity baseball falls to 3-8
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MODESTO-- Brian Borges held his bat over his head and angrily grinded his teeth after striking out during the Ceres High varsity baseball team's 7-2 loss to Beyer on Thursday in Modesto.

Borges and the Bulldogs suffered their fourth straight loss in Modesto Metro Conference play.

"Beyer's a good team," said Ceres coach Tim Williams. "They have the best offense in the league. They have a solid defense. They have decent pitching."

First-place Beyer improved to 11-0 in the MMC.

Ceres fell to 9-10 overall, 3-8 in the league standings.

The Patriots routed the Bulldogs 19-0 at Art McRae Field on Tuesday, April 26.

"I feel better about today's performance," Williams said. "We still made little mistakes that allowed them to score more runs than they should have."

Added Ceres outfielder Brandon Gresham: "Our goal is to get third place. We already know we're not going to make the playoffs."

The top two teams in the MMC advance.

"If we can win the next four, we're in third place," Williams said. "That's a good goal for us."

Beyer starter Greg Zaldua limited Ceres to eight hits over seven innings. He registered three strikeouts.

The Patriots collected 10 hits off Ceres starter Hector Reyes. The right-handed senior allowed four earned runs, fanned three and walked two.

"He gave us five solid innings," said Ceres pitching coach Greg Magni.

Derrick Goblirsch pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the Bulldogs.

Ceres cut Beyer's lead to 3-1 in the top of the third inning. Jake Loveland reached first on an infield single, moved to second on Matt Schwark's groundout, to third on Gresham's single to center and scored on Goblirsch's single to left.

Beyer responded with three runs in the bottom of the third.

The Bulldogs trimmed the Patriots' lead to 6-2 in the fifth inning.

Gresham reached first on a fielder's choice and scored when Goblirsch laced a double into the right-center gap.

Beyer responded again as it tallied the game's final run in the bottom of the fifth.

Ceres didn't threaten in the sixth or seventh innings. Zaldua retired Loveland, Schwark and Gresham in order to end the game.

JV Dawgs drop two to Patriots

Beyer earned a series sweep over the Ceres High JV baseball team last week. The Patriots beat the Bulldogs 9-2 on Thursday in Modesto and 8-0 on Tuesday, April 26 in Ceres.

"They had fun even though they lost," said Ceres coach Richard Gaut.

The Bulldogs fell to 9-11 overall, 3-8 in the Modesto Metro Conference.

The first-place Patriots improved to 10-1 in league.

"They're a really good team," Gaut said. "Every kid in their lineup can hit and their pitchers throw the fastest in league." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier