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Bulldogs bounce back
CHS finishes second in WAC, qualifies for D-IV playoffs
Steven Brown (15), Adrian Magdaleno (21), Dalton Durossette and Ceres Highs varsity baseball team will face El Dorado in the first-round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs today at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi. The game will begin at 4 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity baseball team had a 1.000 winning percentage during the final five weeks of the Western Athletic Conference season.

The Bulldogs won their final nine games en route to locking up a second-place finish in the WAC standings (12-3).

Ceres High (22-5) also qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs.

The Bulldogs lost three times to eventual WAC-champion Los Banos (13-2).

"You have to bounce back when things don't go your way," Ceres High second-year leader Clinton Goblirsch said. "We just wanted to improve and we were able to do that throughout the season. We got a lot of good ball players. It's a talented group. I've enjoyed coaching them and watching them play to the level I thought they were capable of playing to."

The Bulldogs wrapped up WAC play with a 4-2 win at crosstown-rival Central Valley on May 9.

Down 2-0, Ceres High scored one run in the top of the second inning and three in the sixth to complete the comeback.

"When we play them, we know it's going to be a battle," Goblirsch said. "It's a tough task to beat any team three times in a row."

Freshman Dalton Durossette notched his sixth victory at pitcher for the Bulldogs.

Durossette (6-3) yielded two earned runs and three hits with five strikeouts and six walks in five innings.

"He got stronger as the game went on," Goblirsch said.

Adrian Magdaleno earned his second save of the season while tossing two innings of relief.

Magdaleno (9-1) surrendered no runs and one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

"Pitching has been one of our strong points all year," Goblirsch said. "Dalton and Adrian have pitched well all season. We have confidence in anybody we put on the bump."

Ceres High posted a 3-0 record against Central Valley this season.

Derrick Goblirsch, Clinton's younger brother and a former Bulldog standout athlete, coaches the Hawks.

"It's a friendly rivalry," Clinton said. "We enjoy playing against each other. There are no hard feelings or bitterness on either side."

Third-seeded Ceres High will face sixth-seeded El Dorado (20-7, 11-4) in the first-round of the playoffs today at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

The elimination game will get underway at 4 p.m.

"Every team that makes the playoffs is talented," Goblirsch said. "Regardless of record, everyone starts over. We're excited. There's nothing better than playoff atmosphere. We got a number of guys that have playoff experience from a couple years ago. We know what we're capable of. We just got to come out and prove it. We'll be ready to go."