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Hawk, Bulldog players make all-star team
Central Valley's Martin Gomez, Israel Trevino and Greg Guerra, and Ceres High's Robert Cope and Martino Bertolotti have been selected to participate in the 20th Annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary All-Star Baseball Game.

"It's something the kids are going to remember for the rest of their lives," said Ceres High's Bret Durossette, who will reunite with his two of his players and entire coaching coaching staff when he serves as manager of the East team in the Large-School contest.

Cope had a productive senior season while playing catcher for the Bulldogs. The right-handed slugger won the Valley Oak League Offensive Player of the Year Award. Robert led the conference in batting average (.514), slugging percentage (.892) and on-base percentage (.647), and ranked second in home runs (4) and RBIs (15).

Bertolotti's main position was second base, but he also logged playing time at shortstop, catcher and pitcher during his final season with Ceres High. The first-team, all-conference selection posted a .405 (17-for-42) batting average with one homer, five doubles, six stolen bases, 16 runs and seven RBIs while hitting cleanup.

"It's a big honor being considered one of the best players in the area," Martino said. "It's a good way to cap off my high school career. I'm really excited. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

For the second straight season, Gomez and Trevino earned invitations to the Rotary All-Star Game.

Guerra is one of two juniors on this year's team.

"It just shows how solid of a ball club we have," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said.

Martin had a phenomenal senior year as a pitcher and third baseman.

He posted a 7-4 record with a 2.01 ERA, eight complete games, two shutouts, 110 strikeouts and just 25 walks on the mound. The VOL, first-team honoree led the conference in strikeouts and complete games, and ranked third in wins

Gomez also batted .477 from the plate with four homers, 10 doubles, 33 runs and 29 RBIs. He had a .773 slugging percentage.

Israel was named to the VOL first team for his outstanding play on offense and at shortstop. He batted .396 (19-for-48) with four doubles, 14 runs and five RBIs.

Greg, a pitcher/infielder, made the VOL second team.

He collected wins against East Union, Weston Ranch and Ceres High. Guerra tossed four complete games in six starts.

He also hit .356 (16-for-45) with two triples, six doubles, eight runs and nine RBIs.

Bertolotti is looking forward to reuniting with Gomez and Trevino, his former Ceres Youth Baseball recreational and all-star baseball teammates.

"I played with them outside of high school," he said. "We're all really good friends."

Martino and Robert will also get one last chance to play for their high-school coaching staff. Durossette will be joined by John Bussard, Julio Marquez, Fulvio Bertolotti and Jeff Borden.

"It's an honor to be asked to do it," Bret said. "It's a neat thing. It gives us one more opportunity to coach those two kids."

The East team features players from Ceres High, Central Valley, Beyer, Downey, Enochs and Oakdale.

Gomez, Trevino, Guerra, Bertolotti, Cope and Co. will challenge the West squad (Turlock, Pitman, Modesto, Johansen and Davis) on Saturday, June 13 at John Thurman Field. The contest will begin at 7:05 p.m.

"We're going to have a good team," Martino said.