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CHS baseball splits with Los Banos
Ceres High School's varsity baseball team had to settle for a split with Los Banos last week.

"We didn't perform like we're capable of," head coach Bret Durossette said. "We got to be able to close the door on people. Hopefully, they'll learn from it. We're not invincible."

The Bulldogs won the first game of the Western Athletic Conference opening series 8-5 on Wednesday at Art McRae Field.

Ceres High pitcher Dustin Baisdon went the distance en route to earning the victory. The right-handed senior allowed three earned runs and eight hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.

"He threw strikes," Durossette said.

Baisdon singled three times and scored twice on offense.

Brent Ward battled 2-for-2 with two RBIs and one run.

Matt Cardelli singled, drove in two runs and scored once.

Tyler Brenning singled and knocked in one run.

Tyler Cummings scored a pair of runs.

Jimbo Pernetti chipped in with two hits and a run.

The Bulldogs had an 8-1 lead after five innings.

"One of our biggest strengths is being able to hit the ball," Durossette said.

Ceres High suffered a stunning collapse during Game 2.

The Bulldogs committed four errors while squandering an eight-run lead in a 10-9 loss at Los Banos on Friday.

"We were up 9-1," Durossette said. "We should have won the game. We didn't step up when I thought we should have. Our expectations are still high."

Cummings, Ceres High's starting pitcher, earned a no-decision. He yielded three earned runs and tallied four strikeouts in 41/3 innings.

Tyler also homered, drove in two runs and scored once.

Bulldog teammate Brandon Aravalos finished 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and one run.

Ward had a triple and three RBIs.

Jonathan Medeiros collected two doubles and one RBI.

The Tigers rallied with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and three in the sixth.

"We didn't play very well," Durossette said. "They capitalized on our mistakes."

Ceres High will face Livingston twice this week. The Wolves will play host to the Bulldogs this Friday at 4 p.m.