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Ex-CHS teammates excel at collegiate level
Bates & Co. helping respective softball teams
Former Bulldog standout Rayohna Sagapolu is contributing as a true freshman at San Jose State. - photo by Photo courtesy of SJSU Athletics

Nicole Bates, Mahlena O'Neal, Rayohna Sagapolu and Callie Nunes filled major roles while leading Ceres High's varsity softball program to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III championship in 2016.

Bates, O'Neal, Sagapolu and Nunes are all enjoying success with their respective college teams this spring.

"Coming from a small town like Ceres, for us to be doing what we're doing is crazy," O'Neal said. "But we all expected this because we've put in a lot of hard work over the years."

Bates and NCAA Division-I top-ranked University of Washington earned a three-game Pac-12 series sweep of Stanford last week.

Nicole, a sophomore shortstop, collected one single, one RBI, three runs and three walks.

The Huskies won by scores of 9-0 on Saturday, 10-0 on Friday and 8-1 on Thursday.

O'Neal and No. 6 Georgia won two of three games versus No. 7 Tennessee.

Mahlena, a sophomore catcher, batted 1-for-2 from the plate with a homer, three RBIs, one run and two walks in Sunday's 9-1 blowout of the Volunteers.

Georgia improved to 32-4 overall and 9-3 in the SEC.

Sagapolu and San Jose State bested UNLV three times in Mountain West play.

Rayohna, a freshman third baseman for the 24-10 and 8-1 Spartans, batted 3-for-8 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

She doubled and knocked in two runs during San Jose State's 8-2 triumph over the Rebels on Saturday.

Nunes, a freshman pitcher, improved her overall record to 12-2 and notched her fifth save as NCAA Division-II Concordia University collected three wins in a four-day span.

Callie tallied 11 strikeouts in the Eagles' 2-1 win against No. 24 California Baptist in PacWest action on March 31 in La Jolla.

She allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings.

Nunes started and contributed off the bench while leading Concordia University to a two-game road sweep of the No. 18 UC San Diego Tritans on March 27.

Nunes fanned 12 batters during the Eagles' 2-0 triumph over UC San Diego during Game 1 of their doubleheader.

She gave up just two hits.

Concordia University won the second game, 2-1.

Nunes picked up the save.

Callie retired four of the six batters she faced by strikeout.

The Eagles improved to 20-10 on the year and 9-5 in conference play.