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CHS ladies playoff bound
Ceres High School's varsity softball program is closing in on its 25th straight playoff berth.

If the Bulldogs take care of business this week and/or Sierra falters, the streak will continue.

Third-place Ceres High (10-3) had a two-game lead over the No. 4 Timberwolves (8-5) in the Valley Oak League standings as of Monday morning. The Bulldogs' final three games are against Lathrop, top-ranked Oakdale and No. 2 East Union. Sierra plays Weston Ranch, East Union and Manteca.

The Timberwolves hold the tiebreaker over Ceres High.

"A couple weird scenarios could happen and knock us out of the playoffs," Bulldogs head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "We just need to concentrate and do what we need to do. If we both end up with five losses, we're out because Sierra beat us twice."

The Bulldogs boosted its playoff hopes last week with wins over Weston Ranch and Sonora.

Ceres High scored 12 times in the fourth inning and coasted to a 16-1 mercy-rule victory over the visiting Cougars on Wednesday.

"They didn't make hardly any errors either," Donaldson said. "We just hit the ball."

Bulldog Ryan Norton almost hit for the cycle. She had a triple, a double, a single, one RBI and three runs.

Jamie Beck collected two doubles, three RBIs and one run.

Ceres High held on for a 4-2 win over the Wildcats on Monday, May 3.

The game was moved to Summerville due to flooding. A pipe broke at Sonora's field.

Beck tallied 11 strikeouts and allowed five hits in six innings.

Kaycee Creek paced Ceres High's offense with two doubles and two RBIs.

Ceres High tallied an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.

"Sonora always plays us tough," Donaldson said.