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CHS in hunt for league title, playoff berth
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Ceres High School's varsity softball team posted an 11-0 mercy-rule win against Manteca earlier this season.

The third-place Bulldogs rallied for a 5-2 win over the fourth-place Buffaloes in a pivotal Valley Oak League game on the road last Friday.

Ceres High improved to 13-6-1 overall and 7-2 in conference play,

The Buffaloes fell to 8-7 and 5-4.

"We're definitely in the driver's seat for a playoff berth," Ceres High head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "Winning the league title is still possible. Hopefully, we can run the table. We just need to take care of business."

The Bulldogs trailed 2-1 through four innings of play.

"Bottom line, is my girls don't like to lose," Donaldson said. "They're very competitive."

In the top of the fifth inning, Ceres High's Taiylor Sakurada walked and Jode Johnson reached on a fielder's choice. Kaycee Creek smashed a two-out, two-run triple to left field. Cierra Hammons added an RBI single.

"Kaycee's making some really good contact this year," Donaldson said.

Creek also continues to shine on the mound. She pitched six scoreless innings. Kaycee retired the first three batters she faced via strikeout.

"She did a good job moving the ball around," Donaldson said.

Ceres High will host Sierra on Wednesday and Central Valley on Friday. Both league games begin at 4 p.m.

"At this point of the season, every win counts," Donaldson said.