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CYB teams do well at Costa tourney
The Ceres Youth Baseball program's two eight-and-under all-star teams claimed titles at the George Costa Tournament this past week in Ceres.

The Red All-Stars placed first in the Gold Bracket with a 3-1 record.

"I'm pretty proud of what the boys accomplished," head coach John Patterson said. "It's unbelievable."

Ceres upset Pinto World Series qualifier Bel Passi 11-8 for the championship in extra innings on Tuesday, June 29.

Tied at 5-all, the Red All-Stars scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Dalton Durossette blasted a three-run homer to left field. The ball cleared two fences.

"I'm not surprised," Patterson said. "He was hitting some rocket shots at practice,"

Ceres and Bel Passi both played great defense and collected timely hits on offense.

"It was such a good game," Patterson said. "They didn't play like seven- and eight-year olds."

The Red All-Stars lost to Bel Passi during a scrimmage Labor Day weekend.

Ceres held on at the Costa tournament.

"It was nerve racking," Patterson said. "Neither team wanted to lose."

The Red All-Stars reeled off three straight wins after opening the tournament with a 7-6 loss to Atwater Little League.

The Blue All-Stars won all four of their games in the Silver Bracket.

Ceres edged Bel Passi Storm 3-2 in the title game on Tuesday, June 29.

Ethan Willform collected the winning hit with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Damian Gonzalez scored from third when Willform singled up the middle.

"Everyone went crazy," head coach Mark Partida said. "It was an exciting finish."

The Blue All-Stars battled back from a 2-0 deficit.

Ceres evened the score in the fourth inning.

"I can't say enough about those kids," Partida said. "They did awesome."

The Blue All-Stars also beat Hughson twice and Riverbank once.