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Gray All-Stars, Ceres Blaze take second
The Ceres Gray All-Stars fell three outs short of avenging a loss to Atwater Youth Baseball in the championship game of Newman's eight-and-under tournament.

"Our kids were pretty upset because we should have won," Ceres head coach Tommy Trevino said. "We had them beat until the last inning. We lost in pretty dramatic fashion."

The Gray All-Stars lost the first meeting between the two teams, 16-11, on July 9.

Atwater overcame a four-run deficit in posting a 12-11 victory over Ceres in the finals on July 10.

"Our kids showed they have tremendous heart," Trevino said. "They never gave up. It was a total turnaround."

Cameron Walker batted 3-for-3 from the plate with one double, two singles, three RBIs and two runs during the title game.

Josh Pernetti finished 3-for-3 with one double, two singles, three RBIs and one run.

Ryan Ashby drove in one run.

Andrew Brown doubled.

Ceres won three of five games at the Newman tournament.

The Gray All-Stars shut out Newman 14-0 on July 9 and pounded Gustine 25-3 on July 8.

The Gray All-Stars beat rival Ceres Red 10-0 in the semifinals on July 10.

"It's very satisfying," Trevino said. "Our kids play with a chip on their shoulder. They take it personal whenever they're called the B-team. They wanted that game bad. Nobody was smiling."

Walker collected one triple, two singles, two RBIs and two runs.

Pernetti had two doubles, one single, two RBIs and two runs.

Ceres Red never threatened.

"We didn't give them a chance to get any rhythm," Trevino said. "It was a fun game."

The Ceres Blaze 9s travel baseball team finished in second place at the Newman tournament.

"We're happy," head coach Orlando Leon said. "We were seeded fourth."

The Blaze posted a 3-3 record in the 9-10 division.

Ceres lost 10-3 to the Atwater Cobras in the title game on Sunday, July 10.

The Blaze cut the deficit to 5-3 in the third inning. Dalton Durossette drove in Cody Brockman and Noah Miranda with a double. Orlando Leon followed with an RBI single.

"We were pleased with how the kids responded after we were down 5-0," coach Leon said. "They battled."

Ceres made several errors while allowing five runs in the sixth inning.

The Blaze stranded a combined seven runners on base in the third, fourth, fifth and final innings.

Atwater edged Ceres 6-5 earlier in the tournament.

The Blaze topped the Ceres All-Stars twice (10-3, 12-1) and Atwater Youth Baseball once (7-4).