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Ceres wins Bel Passi title in stunning fashion
Faced with a six-run deficit, the Ceres Red All-Stars scored seven times in the final inning to stun Bel Passi Red 18-17 in the finals of the Bel Passi 8-and-under division tournament on Friday in Modesto.

"We just had a lot of good fortune," head coach John Patterson said.

The Red All-Stars trailed 17-11 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

"Honestly, I didn't know what was going to happen," Patterson said. "We were just hoping something good would happen. And it did. The kids showed heart. They didn't give up."

Dalton Durossette and Noah Miranda both hit two-run homers.

Durossette's home run sailed over the left-field fence.

"I've never seen a kid hit it that far," Patterson said. "The ball went halfway into the cornfield."

Bryce Gouker's two-out, two-run bloop single evened the game at 17-all. Dylan Drubeck and Caleb Cannella both scored.

Alex Solis accounted for the game-winning hit when he smoked a first-pitch single up the middle. Todd Patterson raced home from second base. Alex and Todd were both mobbed by their teammates.

"It was unbelievable," John Patterson said. "Everybody was looking around for somebody to hug. It was one of those moments."

The Red All-Stars tallied five home runs in the title game.

Durossette hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Orlando Leon and Caleb Cannella had two-run homers in the fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ceres defeated Bel Passi Red 11-8 for the George Costa title the previous week. The game was settled in extra innings. The Red All-Stars scored six times in the ninth. Durossette collected a three-run homer.

"I've never coached a team that's beat Bel Passi twice for a championship," Patterson said.

Ceres has won seven straight games since opening the summer with a loss at its home tournament.

The Red All-Stars compiled a 4-0 record at Bel Passi. Ceres topped Bel Passi Red twice (9-6, 18-17), and Ceres Blue and Atwater Youth Baseball once (19-5, 14-2).