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Bulldogs drop pair of non-conference games by mercy rule
Ceres High will begin WAC play today
Second baseman Andrea Duran and Ceres High School's varsity softball team will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week. The Bulldogs will play host to the Patterson Tigers today at 4 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School’s varsity softball team collected just six hits and committed seven errors during a pair of non-conference losses this past week.

Oakdale and Gregori collected mercy-rule victories against the Bulldogs.

“We’re not used to losing like this,” Ceres High head coach Angela Durossette said. “We just haven’t hit the ball well the last two games. We’ll be fine.”

Host Ceres High lost 11-0 to five-time Sac-Joaquin Section champion Oakdale in five innings on Thursday.

“Oakdale is tough,” Durossette said. “They capitalized on our mistakes.”

The Bulldogs batted just .188 (3-for-16) from the plate with four strikeouts while struggling on offense.

Rayohna Sagapolu doubled in the bottom of the first inning.

Nicole Bates and Mahlena O’Neal singled in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

Ceres High made three errors on defense.

Oakdale pounded 15 hits and committed just one error.

Sagapolu, Ceres High’s starting pitcher, allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits with no strikeouts and one walk in one inning.

Bulldog freshman Hanna Brown surrendered four runs, scattered seven hits, struck out three and walked one while tossing four innings of relief.

Ceres High junior pitcher Callie Nunes was sidelined with an ankle injury sustained against Oakdale at the St. Mary’s Tournament on March 3.

“We played flat today,” said Durossette, whose team trailed 7-0 at the end of the first inning. “Not having Callie Nunes hurts.”

Visiting Ceres High committed four errors during Wednesday’s 11-1 six-inning setback at Gregori.

“We fell apart,” Durossette said.

The Bulldogs mustered three hits and struck out six times in 19 at-bats.

“We’ve been having a hard time putting the ball in play,” Durossette said.

Bates accounted for two of Ceres High’s three hits.

She doubled, singled and scored once.

O’Neal drove in one run.

Sagapolu singled.

Rayohna yielded five runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and one walk in 51/3 innings.

MacKenzie Veuve gave up six runs and three hits with no strikeouts and two walks in two-thirds innings of relief.

Ceres High dropped to 2-3 on the year.

The Bulldogs have lost their last three games.

Oakdale defeated Ceres High 5-2 at the St. Mary’s Tournament.

The Bulldogs trailed 5-4 when Nunes had to be carried off the field in the sixth inning.

“We could have won if time didn’t run out,” Durossette said. “We had to revert back to the fifth-inning score.”

Nunes tallied six strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

Callie allowed five runs and two hits.

Ceres High collected five hits.

Sagapolu and Bates both batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Andrea Duran batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Nunes scored once.

O’Neal and Sabrina Baisdon chipped in with one single apiece.

The Bulldogs made one error.

 “We can compete against them,” Durossette said. “But everybody has to be on their ‘A’ game.”

The Bulldogs will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week.

Ceres High will host Patterson today at 4 p.m.

Nunes totaled 24 strikeouts in a pair of wins against the Tigers last season.

“We had a tough preseason schedule,” Durossette said.  “We got to learn from our mistakes.”