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Ceres wins Western Series B-division crown
Sizzle 16s bring home plaque, medals
The Ceres Sizzle 16-and-under competitive softball team claimed the NSA Western World Series B-division title last month in Ventura.

Ceres Sizzle players and coaches posed for a group picture after their memorable outing in Ventura this past month.

The 16-and-under travel softball team brought home a B-division championship plaque and first-place medals from the NSA Western World Series, staged July 24-27.

"I'm extremely proud of them," head coach Dave Ward said. "They were rewarded for their efforts. It was a pleasure to coach this team."

Ceres posted a 3-3 record.

The Sizzle beat the Central Coast Athletics (4-3), Cal Lady Hawks (7-5) and Valley Heat (9-5).

Ceres lost to the CC Athletics (7-2), Ventura MVPs (11-1) and Sutter Buttes Thunder (9-1).

The Sizzle collected 34 hits and 24 runs during the course of the tournament.

Ceres batters totaled just 12 strikeouts in six games.

"It was very competitive down there," Ward said. "We did extremely well."

Mikayla Whatley batted 8-for-18 from the plate with one RBI.

Kinsey Ward batted 6-for-14.

Destiny Reed batted 5-for-15 with six RBIs and two walks.

Sarah McElroy batted 5-for-16 with four RBIs and one walk.

Sarah Price batted 4-for-11 with three RBIs and four walks.

Lexy Cordova batted 4-for-12 with three RBIs and two walks.

Breanna Deleon batted 4-for-16 with one RBI and one walk.

Kindall Coburn batted 2-for-7 with three walks.

Renee Downey collected two hits.

Cassie Malabana had one hit.

Cameron Diaz walked once.

Cordova, McElroy and Price combined for 15 strikeouts while splitting time at pitcher.

Cordova logged 20 innings of work.
McElroy and Price both pitched 51/2 innings.

Ceres placed first three times and twice second this season.

"We had a lot of fun this year," coach Ward said. "I had an amazing group of girls. I've never seen a team bond as well as this team has. They worked and played hard."