Ceres High School's varsity softball team fell short of its goal by compiling a .500 record at the NorCal Classic this past week in Tracy.
The Bulldogs sought to advance to the championship game.
"It's tough to win no matter who you're playing especially if you make mistakes," Ceres High head coach Angela Durossette said.
The Bulldogs made 13 errors while posting a 2-2 record in the Platinum Bracket.
"It happens," Durossette said. "We didn't play our best. None of us are perfect. I'm not worried about our defense. We'll continue to get better."
Ceres High closed out tournament play with an 11-6 win over Bear Creek Saturday night.
The Bulldogs won despite committing five errors and facing a 3-0 deficit early in the game.
Ceres High pounded 12 hits on offense.
Mahlena O'Neal batted 3-for-4 from the plate with one homer, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs.
Mackenzie Veuve batted 2-for-3 with one homer, two RBIs and one run.
Callie Nunes batted 1-for-4 with one triple and two RBIs.
Sabrina Baisdon batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Nicole Bates batted 3-for-4 with one double and two runs.
Jessica Arreola batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Ali Lowman drove in one run.
Rayohna Sagapolu and Ariel Knights both scored one run.
Sagapolu improved her pitching record to 7-0.
Rayohna yielded six runs (one earned), scattered 10 hits, fanned five and walked one in 51/3 innings.
Nunes earned her first save of the season while logging two-thirds of an inning of relief. She had two strikeouts and one walk.
Ceres High lost 6-3 to Clovis Saturday evening.
The Bulldogs contributed to their own demise by committing four errors.
Nunes, Ceres High's starting pitcher, surrendered five runs (one earned) and eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 32/3 innings.
Bates batted 3-for-4 with two triples, two RBIs and one run.
Arreola singled and scored once.
Andrea Duran tallied one run.
Baisdon singled twice.
Hurt by three errors, Ceres High lost 4-3 to Tracy Thursday evening.
Sagapolu earned a no-decision while starting at pitcher.
Rayohna yielded three runs and seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 41/3 innings.
Nunes picked up the loss in relief of Sagapolu despite being effective on the mound.
Callie had three strikeouts and one walk in 22/3 innings.
Nunes gave up two hits. The lone run Callie allowed was unearned.
Tracy scored three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sagapolu batted 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
O'Neal and Knights both batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Bates batted 1-for-4 with one run.
Mackenzie Veuve batted 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Duran scored one run.
Baisdon and Lowman chipped in with one single apiece.
Ceres High opened the NorCal event with a 4-1 win over Kimball Thursday afternoon.
Nunes dominated on the mound, tallying 13 strikeouts and just one walk over seven innings.
Callie gave up one unearned runs and four hits.
The Bulldogs collected nine hits and committed just one error.
Nunes singled twice.
Veuve batted 2-for-3 with one homer, two RBIs and two runs.
Knights batted 1-for-1 with one triple and one run.
Bates batted 2-for-4 with one run.
Ceres High (16-6, 6-1 Western Athletic Conference) will resume WAC play this week.
The first-place Bulldogs want to repeat as league champions.
"That's definitely our goal," Durossette said. "Hopefully, we finish strong the next five games. We have to get getter. Everybody needs to contribute. We can't have any letdowns. I anticipate us going deep in the playoffs. That's what we're playing for."