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A busy preseason in baseball
WAC games on tap for CHS, CVHS
Ceres Highs Dylan Canatsy challenges a Manteca batter with a fastball. The Bulldogs lost 9-1 to the Buffaloes on March 10. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity baseball team battled eight non-conference opponents in a 15-day span.

The visiting Bulldogs blanked the Mariposa Grizzlies 10-0 on Friday.

Brad Bussard struck out seven, walked three and allowed just four hits while pitching a complete game for Ceres High, which improved to 6-3 on the year.

Bussard batted 1-for-3 from the plate with one RBI and one run.

Alan Marquez batted 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs and one run.

Jimmy Bates batted 2-for-4 with one triple, one double and two runs.

The Bulldogs sustained a 9-1 loss at Manteca on Thursday.

Blake Tobler accounted for Ceres High's lone run.

Ceres High collected eight hits during its 6-2 victory at Modesto High on Wednesday.

Bussard batted 2-for-4 with two runs.

Hernandez batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Brett Conway batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Conway turned in a solid effort on the mound, allowing two runs and three hits with three strikeouts in six innings.

Ceres High pounded host Gustine by the 10-run mercy rule, 13-1, on March 10.

Marquez fanned five, yielded one run and allowed four hits over four innings.

Hernandez batted 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs.

Brent Bussard batted 3-for-4 with one triple, one double, two RBIs and two runs.

Bates batted 3-for-3 with one RBI and four runs.

Ceres High won a two-game series versus Downey.

The Bulldogs defeated the Knights 10-0 on March 8 in Ceres.

Brad Bussard tallied three strikeouts in four innings while pitching. He yielded just two hits.

Brent Bussard batted 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs.

The Bulldogs beat the Knights 9-5 on March 7 in Modesto.

Brad Bussard batted 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and one RBI.

Ceres High lost 11-3 at Atwater on Tuesday, March 4.

Bates batted 3-for-3 with two doubles and one run.

Hughson shut out Ceres High 6-0 on March 3 at Art McRae Field.

Brad Bussard singled for Ceres High, which posted a team-batting average of .050 with seven strikeouts.

Marquez earned a no-decision at pitcher. He allowed no runs and scattered five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

Ceres High opened the 2014 season with a 2-0 win over visiting Beyer on March 1.
Brad Bussard pitched a complete game. He gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked two in seven innings.

Bates doubled, singled and scored once.

Ceres High will open the Western Athletic Conference portion of its schedule this week with a two-game series against Livingston. The Bulldogs will play host to the Wolves on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Hawks earn four wins
Central Valley's varsity baseball posted a 4-3 record while playing seven non-conference games in 11 days.

The Hawks lost 4-3 at Downey on Friday.

Michael Ereso batted 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Central Valley edged Waterford 9-8 on Wednesday.

Roberto Gutierrez batted 2-for-2 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Hughson topped Central Valley 5-2 on March 11 in Ceres.

Raul Godinez batted 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Central Valley shut out Weston Ranch on March 10 in Stockton.

Kendel Johnson batted 2-for-3 with one triple, one double, three RBIs and two runs.

Central Valley defeated Summerville 9-4 on March 7 in Ceres.

Joseph Montalvo batted 3-for-4 with one double, three RBIs and one run.

Michael Collins was the winning pitcher. He allowed no hits and struck out six in four innings.

The host Hawks routed the Knights of Downey 7-1 on March 5.

Godinez tossed a complete game. Raul gave up one run and one hit with 10 strikeouts and just one walk.

Central Valley struck out 10 times during its 12-1 loss to visiting Orestimba on March 4.

The Hawks will play Patterson twice in WAC play this week. CV will host the Tigers on Thursday at 4 p.m.