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CHS players earn conference honors
Ceres High junior Dustin Baisdon put up gaudy numbers during the Valley Oak League varsity baseball season but didn't warrant MVP consideration because the Bulldogs finished behind Oakdale, Manteca and Sonora.

"If we would have finished first, he would have had a chance," Ceres High head coach Bret Durossette said. "He had a great year."

Baisdon earned first-team, all-league honors for his work on the mound. Bulldog teammates Matt Cardelli, Brent Ward and Nick Welsh were also recognized in a vote by the conference's coaches on Tuesday, May 18 at Bachi's Family Diners in Oakdale.

"The good thing is they're all coming back," Durossette said.

Dustin had an impressive body of work as a pitcher and outfielder.

The first-team, all-league honoree posted a 5-2 record with a 3.29 ERA, two complete games, one save and 49 strikeouts in 38 innings for the fourth-place Bulldogs (16-10-1 overall, 10-6 VOL). He had the second-highest win total in league and ranked third in strikeouts.

On offense, Baisdon, ranked second in hits (25), third in runs scored (25), fourth in batting average (.463), sixth in on-base percentage (.525) and eighth in slugging percentage (.611). He also had one homer, one triple, three doubles, 11 RBIs and four stolen bases.

Cardelli and Ward both made the VOL second team.

Matt, a junior second baseman, hit .396 (21-for-53) with one homer, five doubles, 11 RBIs, 15 runs and four stolen bases.

"I thought he should have been a first-teamer," Durossette said.

Brent, a junior outfielder, hit .365 (19-for-62) with one homer, one triple, five doubles, 16 RBIs, 14 runs, four stolen bases and a .588 slugging percentage. He posted a 1.000 fielding percentage.

"It's a good honor for him," Durossette said. "He had some clutch hits through the course of the season. He was solid on defense."

Nick, a sophomore shortstop, was an honorable-mention selection. He hit .345 (19-for-55) with six doubles, 12 RBIs, 16 runs and six stolen bases.

"I'll be excited to see what he does next year," Durossette said.

The Bulldogs will join the Western Athletic Conference in 2010-11. Ceres High will face Central Catholic, Livingston, Patterson and Los Banos.

"There will be a lot of people anticipating us to be successful," Durossette said. "It's going to be a very competitive league. I think we'll make our mark."

The Bulldogs had a productive final season in the VOL, finishing behind Oakdale (13-3), Manteca (12-4) and Sonora (12-4).