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Gray All-Stars place third in Modesto
The Ceres Red eight-and-under All-Star baseball team struggled to an 0-4 finish at the Bel Pass Invitational last week.

"The problem is we just couldn't hit the ball," head coach Mark Partida said. "We had one of the better defenses out there."

Ceres Red posted a 5-10 record this summer.

Ceres Red placed second in Hilmar and third in Newman.

"The kids had fun," Partida said. "That's what's important."

Ceres Red lost 12-3 and 4-2 to top-seeded Bel Passi Red, 12-8 to Ceres Gray, and 15-2 to Atwater.

Cesar Alvarez hit a three-run homer against Bel Passi Red.

Bryson Partida added a two-run double.

Victor Magana and Clayton Bowerman both collected two RBIs against Ceres Gray.

Sergio Solis had a two-run double against Atwater.

"We never laid down," coach Partida said. "We played good ball."

Ceres Gray (2-3) tied for third place at Bel Passi.

"We had the tools to be victorious against all of the teams," head coach Tommy Trevino said. "But it just didn't work out that way. Our bats weren't working. We're a team that usually scores a lot of runs."

Bel Passi Red shut out Ceres Gray 4-0 in the semifinals.

Chris Bryant hit a two-run homer while leading Ceres Gray past Bel Passi Blue, 13-1, in the quarterfinals. Andrew Brown also homered.

Ceres Gray overcame a 5-0 deficit against Ceres Red. Angel Medina belted a three-run homer. Brown added a solo shot.

Ceres Gray opened the tournament with back-to-back losses.

Ceres Gray lost 9-3 to Atwater Youth Baseball and 7-1 to Bel Passi Red. Bryant and Josh Pernetti both homered.

Ceres Gray beat both of those teams at other tournaments.

Ceres Gray amassed a 4-1 record against Ceres Red this summer.

"We had some pretty intense games," Trevino said.

Said Partida: "It's always challenging."