Junior Noel Anaya had no idea he made program history until one of his Ceres High baseball teammates delivered the news.
“I didn’t know I had a no-hitter,” said Anaya, a junior pitcher. “I found out after the game. I was in shock.”
Anaya had six strikeouts while tossing a complete-game shutout during the Bulldogs’ 12-0 five-inning blowout of the Grace Davis Spartans in Game 1 of their three-game Western Athletic Conference series on May 4 in Modesto.
“I was able to hit my spots when I needed to,” Anaya said. “I didn’t get behind in counts. My defense backed me up. It has to be by besting pitching performance (ever). The good thing is I can keep on improving.”
“He was aggressive,” head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. “He kept them off-balance.”
Anaya also helped his own cause by batting 1-for-3 from the plate with one run.
Landyn Hudson batted 2-for-2 with one double, two RBIs and three runs.
Daniel Gonzalez batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.
Eli Beltran batted 1-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.
Xavier Pompa batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Jayson Casias batted 1-for-2 with one double, one RBI and one run.
Isac Cordova batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Nick Villalobos batted 1-for-1 with one run
Josh Prestridge scored twice.
Ceres High (4-5) had a 1-5 overall record prior to beating Grace Davis three times in a span of three days last week.
“That’s what we needed,” Goblirsch said. “We lost a lot of close games earlier in the season. We want to build on the momentum.”
“We showed what we’re capable of,” Anaya added.
Ceres High won the second game, 6-3, at Grace Davis on May 4.
Hudson starred at pitcher.
He allowed one run and four hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks in six innings.
Andrew Kommavong batted 1-for-2 with one double, three RBIs and one run.
Ryan Ashby collected one RBI and one run.
Cordova batted 1-for-3 with two runs.
Pompa batted 2-for-4 with one run.
Prestridge batted 1-for-3.
Host Ceres High topped Grace Davis 11-0 in five innings on Thursday at Art McRae Field.
Pompa evened his pitching record at 2-2.
He gave up no runs and four hits with one strikeout and no walks.
Cordova led the way on offense, finishing 2-for-2 with one double, two RBIs and two runs.
Prestridge batted 1-for-1 with one double, two RBIs and two runs.
Anaya batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.
Kommavong batted 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs.
Beltran batted 2-for-2 with one triple and three RBIs.