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Dawgs lose twice in league play
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Hector Reyes was impressive on the mound.

Isaac Duran pitched better. The Ceres Youth Baseball product/Johansen junior tossed a no-hitter against the Ceres High varsity baseball team on Thursday at Art McRae Field in Ceres. Duran had nine strikeouts over seven innings to lead the Vikings to a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

Reyes allowed two earned runs, scattered five hits and struck out four batters. He gave up runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

"He pitched good enough to win," said Ceres coach Tim Williams. "We just didn't get any hits behind him."

The Bulldogs fell to 3-6 in the Modesto Metro Conference.

The Vikings improved to 7-2 in the MMC standings.

Ceres has lost three of its last four games.

"It (making playoffs) is a long shot," Williams said. "We're going to have to win out and get some help."

The Bulldogs have five games left on their schedule.

"This is a good group of kids," Williams said. "They've played hard all season. I don't expect anything less from them for the last three weeks."

The Vikings posted a 4-1 win over the Bulldogs in league play on Tuesday, April 19 in Modesto.

"You have to tip your hat to Johansen," Williams said. "They played good baseball."

Ceres pitcher Derrick Goblirsch allowed 10 hits and accumulated three strikeouts. He also went 3-for-4 from the plate with a double and RBI.

Johansen starter David Vancas gave up eight hits and struck out four.

The Vikings opened the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. Justin Long drove in two runs with a two-out double.

Johansen also scored once in the fifth and sixth.

Ceres scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning.

JV fall to 3-6 in MMC

Johansen defeated the Ceres High JV baseball team twice in the span of three days last week.

The first-place Vikings improved to 8-1 in the Modesto Metro Conference. The fourth-place Bulldogs fell to 3-6 in the MMC standings.

"They're not the most talented team," said Ceres coach Richard Gaut. "But they play very smart baseball. They make very few mistakes."

Johansen defeated Ceres 6-1 on Thursday at Ceres High School.

The Bulldogs scored their lone run in the bottom of the second inning.

Brent Avila's 13-pitch at-bat produced a single. He moved to second when Ricky Walters was hit by a pitch and was thrown out at third on an attempted double steal. Walters scored on Jake Keidel's single to left.

Chad Bennett, Ceres starting pitcher, went 41/3 innings. He allowed six runs on five hits and five walks with three strikeouts.

Bulldogs relief pitcher Armando Valencia struck out one, walked one and allowed three hits in 22/3 innings.

The Vikings scored four runs in the top of the third inning and two in the fifth.

Johansen edged Ceres 4-2 on Tuesday, April 19 in Modesto.

Walters pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs. He scattered five hits, fanned seven and walked two in six innings.

Ceres scored its first run in the top of the first inning.

Jimmy Perales reached first on an error by Johansen's second baseman and scored on R.J. Perea's double to right-center.

The Bulldogs evened the score at 2-all in the top of the fourth inning. Walters singled. And Keidel followed with an RBI double over the left fielder's head. Keidel went 2-for-3 from the plate with two doubles in the game.

Johansen took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the fifth. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier