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CHS shows no mercy in Lathrop
Ceres High School's varsity baseball team made sure it didn't end up on the wrong side of history by sweeping Lathrop's first-year program in Valley Oak League play.

"It was a big motivator," junior standout Dustin Baisdon said. "We definitely wanted to win. We didn't want to let up. That (losing) would have been the worse."

The Bulldogs outscored the Spartans 31-1 during the two-game series.

Ceres High defeated host Lathrop 20-1 on Tuesday, March 23.

The game was stopped after the Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Ceres High collected 15 hits on offense.

Baisdon batted 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs and one RBI.

Mark Schwark tripled, doubled, scored once and drove in five runs.

Matt Cardelli finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a single, three runs and three RBIs.

Tyler Cummings doubled, plated two runs and scored once.

Brent Ward had two singles, one RBI and three runs.

Tyler Brenning added a single, an RBI and three runs.

Cummings was the winning pitcher. He gave up one run on a hit and two walks with five strikeouts in four innings.

The Bulldogs evened their VOL record at 2-2 with an 11-0 victory over the Spartans on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

Brenning pitched a two-hitter. He struck out five and walked none over four innings.

The Bulldogs amassed eight hits.

Baisdon homered, singled, knocked in three runs and scored two times.

Jr. Moniz added a single, two RBIs and one run.

Schwark had two runs and a single.

Cardelli doubled, single and scored once.

Brenning, Cummings, Nick Welsh and Wes Ward contributed one RBI each.

Ceres High committed just one error in two games against Lathrop.

The Bulldogs made four while losing twice (5-4, 6-4) to Sonora the previous week.

"We finally played good defense and came out early and hit," Baisdon said. "We want to get back in the playoff hunt. We have the talent."

The Bulldogs face reigning VOL champion Oakdale (2-1) twice this week. Ceres High will challenge the Mustangs on the road this Thursday at 4 p.m.