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Ceres varsity baseball struggles after comeback
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Ceres High's varsity baseball team overcame a 4-1 deficit with a five-run third inning against visiting Sonora on Friday in Game 2 of their Valley Oak League series.

The Wildcats responded by scoring four times in the fourth and sixth, and twice in the seventh en route to a 14-7 pasting of the Bulldogs at Art McRae Field.

"As soon as we got the lead, we got too comfortable," Ceres High junior pitcher Jonathon Alonzo said. "That's what we do."

Sonora, which swept the Bulldogs, improved to 3-3 in the VOL.

Ceres High dropped to 2-4 in conference play.

"It's frustrating," Alonzo said. "We should have split with them. We need to have a day where defense and hitting is working, not just one.

The Bulldogs collected nine hits, but committed four errors.

Matt Smith had a two-run double.

Alonzo, Robert Cope, Zack Atchison and Tyler Cummings singled, knocked in a run and scored once.

Martino Bertolotti singled twice and drove in a run.

Grant Hurst and Rudy Martinez scored once.

Dustin Baisdon and James Chesney added singles.

The Bulldogs tallied five runs with two outs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-4 lead.

Cope walked, advanced to second when Hurst walked and scored on Alonzo's single to left. Hurst scored on Atchison's two-strike, bloop single. Cummings knocked in Jonathon with a single to center. Smith plated Zack and Tyler when he ripped a double into the left-center gap.

Ceres High struggled the rest of the way as Sonora went ahead for good in the fourth inning.

Frisco Brisco singled, moved to second on Travis Workman's hit, advanced to third on Kolt Canaday's sacrifice fly and scored on Dylan Coffin's double. Jared Hart followed with a two-run single that scored Workman and Coffin. Hart later scored on shortstop Bertolotti's throwing error to make it an 8-6 game.

The Bulldogs tallied their final run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Martinez got hit by a pitch, moved to third on Josh Sandoval's grounder and came home when Martino singled to right.

Alonzo, Smith and Chesney all pitched for Ceres High.

Jonathon started. The right-handed junior lasted four innings. Two of the eight runs Alonzo allowed were unearned due to a pair of Bulldog errors.

Ceres and Sierra will play a two-game VOL series this week. The Bulldogs host the Timberwolves today and compete in Manteca on Friday.