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Baseball newbies step up
Dalton Durossette

Freshman Dalton Durossette and junior Adrian Magdaleno are contributing to the success of Ceres High's varsity baseball program.

"Both of them played for us over the summer," Bulldogs head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "We know what they're capable of."

Durossette made history on March 21 by notching his first no-hitter as host Ceres High shut out previously-unbeaten Livingston 7-0 in Western Athletic Conference play.

"I've surprised myself," said Durossette, who earned his second victory of the season and lowered his earned-run average to 1.42.

"For a young kid to perform so effectively is outstanding," Goblirsch said. "Regardless of his grade, he wants to perform every time he's on the field. I had him in football. He's a competitor."

Durossette totaled eight strikeouts.

He threw first-strike pitches to 15 of 22 batters.

Livingston scored 19 runs during its first two league games.

"When I was warming up, I felt good," Dalton said. "I was locating my pitches. I try to execute when I have the chance."

Ceres High built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

"It took a little bit of pressure off," Durossette said. "It's nice knowing my teammates have my back."

Dalton also helped his own cause, finishing 2-for-4 with one double and one run.

Ricky Lopez batted 3-for-3 with one double, four RBIs and one run.

DeWitt batted 1-for-3 with two runs.

Adrian Lujan batted 1-for-3 with one double and one RBI.

Blane Abeyta batted 1-for-2 with two runs.

Dalton had no idea he was pitching a no-hitter until the final inning.

"Brock DeWitt told me," Durossette said. "It didn't make me nervous. We just needed to get three more outs."

"I wasn't going to say anything," Goblirsch said. "I'm a baseball guy. I'm superstitious. That's something you don't talk about."

Bulldog centerfielder Ismael Ontiveros preserved Durossette's no-hitter when he caught a deep fly ball for the last out of the game.
Coincidentally, Ceres High's last no-hitter came against Livingston six years ago.

Dustin Baisdon (class of 2011) had seven strikeouts in leading the Bulldogs to a 2-0 win over the Wolves.

"Obviously, throwing a no-hitter is unique and something every pitcher strives to do," Goblirsch said.
Durossette started training for the 2017 baseball season at Modesto's NorCal Valley Baseball Club Facility in November.

Dalton has tossed three no-hitters with his travel team.

"This is by far the most special one because it's at the varsity level," he said.

Magdaleno allowed three earned runs and four hits with two strikeouts and two walks while pitching a complete game during Ceres High's 7-6 win at Pacheco on Thursday.

"He's thrown well for us all year," Goblirsch said.

The Bulldogs committed five errors, two of which enabled the Panthers to make the contest interesting in the final inning.

Ceres High nearly squandered a 7-3 lead.

"It's always a battle whenever we play Pacheco," Goblirsch said. "We were able to grind it out."

Vincent Guerrero, Ceres High's rightfielder, had four putouts and one assist.

He entered the game in the fourth inning.

Vincent turned a double play and registered the final out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

"Every game it has been somebody new stepping up," Goblirsch said. "I'm not surprised. I got confidence in all of my guys."

Ceres High, 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the WAC as of Monday, will play host to Los Banos (9-0, 4-0) this Thursday at 4 p.m.