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Dawgs get back on track
It was a humbling experience for Ceres High School's varsity baseball team.

A week after being upset twice by crosstown-rival Central Valley, the Bulldogs rebounded with back-to-back wins against Los Banos and Patterson.

"It puts our confidence up," Ceres High senior outfielder Brent Ward said. "We've been flat the last few weeks."

The Bulldogs held on for a 4-2 win over Los Banos on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

Third-place Ceres High (8-4) compiled a 2-1 record against the second-place Tigers (9-3) this year.

"We knew we had to bounce back," Ward said. "It doesn't surprise me that we beat them. We expect to win every game."

Bulldog pitcher Tyler Cummings surrendered two runs, scattered six hits and struck out four in five innings.

Dustin Baisdon picked up the save while logging two innings of relief. He allowed just one hit with five strikeouts.

Ward doubled and knocked in one run.

Jimbo Pernetti collected two doubles, one RBI and one run.

Jeremy Cagle chipped in with two doubles and two runs.

Cummings tripled.

Nick Welsh scored once.

Ceres High didn't underestimate Patterson on Wednesday.

The host Bulldogs scored early and pulled away for an 8-2 victory.

"Losing to Central Valley made us come to a realization we're not invincible," Brent said. "Sometimes, we get a little cocky."

Pernetti batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.

Jonathan Medeiros batted 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

A.J. Fontana batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Ward batted 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

Baisdon turned in a dominant pitching performance. Dustin tallied 12 strikeouts in six innings. He allowed two runs and six hits.

Ceres High totaled just two errors on defense last week.


Ceres High School's junior-varsity baseball team extended its winning streak last week.

The Bulldogs led from start to finish in posting an 8-2 victory over Los Banos on Thursday in Ceres.

Ceres High, unbeaten in its last four games, improved to 13-6 overall and 10-3 in the WAC.

"The one thing that has been surprising is how consistent we've played everyday," head coach Clint Goblirsch said.

Devon Ruger pitched a complete game for the second-place Bulldogs. He allowed one earned run and one hit with five strikeouts and four walks.

"He cruised most of the time," Goblirsch said.

Ceres High had multiple contributors on offense.

Lucas Avila batted 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Anthony Garcia batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Jimmy Bates and Victor Figueroa both batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Brandon Machado batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

David Page batted 2-for-3 with two runs.

Raul Godinez chipped in with one RBI and one run.

Ceres High routed host Patterson 15-5 on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs had an impressive .448 team batting average.

Ceres High totaled 13 hits.

Garcia batted 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs.

Carlos Moreno batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Avila batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs.

Page batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.

Page yielded four earned runs and six hits with five strikeouts and just one walk while tossing a five-inning, complete game.

"It was a big week for us," Goblirsch said. "Our kids played well both days. Everybody did a great job."