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Cope shines in baseball defeat
Ceres High's Robert Cope and Martino Bertolotti, and Central Valley's Martin Gomez and Israel Trevino donned Bulldog and Hawk uniforms for one last time when they participated in the 20th Annual Stanislaus County Large-School All-Star Baseball Game on Saturday, June 13 at John Thurman Field.

"It's a happy-sad situation," Cope said. "I'm happy because I'm moving on to bigger and better things. I'm sad because it was my final high-school showing."

Cope, Bertolotti, Gomez and Trevino suited up for the East team, which lost 11-5 to the West squad.

Robert had a standout game on offense as he finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single, one run scored and an RBI.

"I'm pleased with how I did," said Cope, who started at catcher and logged playing time at first base as well. "I got the job done."

Robert still managed to claim the Valley Oak League Offensive Player of the Year award during the regular season despite being slowed by a left hand injury and pitched around.

He led the conference in batting average (.514), slugging percentage (.892) and on-base percentage (.647), and ranked second in home runs (4) and RBIs (15).

"I'm never satisfied with what I do," Cope said. "I always want to do better."

Robert will continue his baseball career at Merced College.

"Hopefully, I get drafted after that," he said.

Gomez played shortstop and pitched during the all-star game.

He singled, walked and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Trevino split time between the outfield and infield. He collected one single in three at-bats.

Bertolotti, a left fielder and second baseman, batted 0-for-4.

Central Valley's Greg Guerra was one of two juniors on the East team. The third baseman/right fielder/pitcher tripled.

The West outscored the East 11-1 over the last four innings.

"We should have won," Cope said. "We made some costly errors and walked some people."

The all-star contest featured the Stanislaus County's best senior and junior baseball players.

Cope and Co. enjoyed the experience.

"Having all of my family and friends there was awesome," Robert said. "It's by far one of the highlights of my high-school career. I had tons of fun."