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Bulldogs open WAC season with two-game sweep of Wolves
Hawks salvage split with Tigers
Central Valley junior Michael Ereso contributed on offense and at pitcher against Western Athletic Conference-rival Patterson last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High School's varsity baseball team opened the Western Athletic Conference season with a two-game sweep of Livingston last week.

The Bulldogs improved to 9-2-1 on the year and 2-0 in the WAC.

The Wolves dropped to 7-4 and 0-2.

Ceres High won Game 2, 12-2, on Thursday in Livingston.

The Bulldogs hit .432 (16-for-37) as a team with one homer, five doubles and 10 singles.

Jimbo Pernetti batted 2-for-5 with one double, three RBIs and one run.

Jimmy Bates batted 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.

Brandon Arevalos batted 3-for-4 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Devon Ruger batted 1-for-5 with two RBIs and one run.

Brad Bussard batted 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs.

Alan Marquez batted 2-for-3 with one homer, one RBI and two runs.

Brett Conway batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Bussard, Ceres High's pitcher, notched his second win of the season.

Brad struck out 11 and walked three over seven innings.

He gave up just one run and two hits while facing 28 batters.

The Bulldogs led 6-2 at the end of the third inning.

Ceres High added five runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.

The Bulldogs shut out the Wolves, 4-0, on March 19 at Art McRae Field.

Haydon Turpin (3-1) was dominant on the mound.

Turpin surrendered just two hits, fanned 13 and walked one while pitching a complete game.

Ruger batted 1-for-3 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Marquez batted 2-for-2 with one RBI.

Pernetti batted 1-for-2 with two runs.

Conway drove in one run.

Bates scored once.

Joey Carrillo singled.

Hawks win one
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team split its two-game series with Patterson during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks moved to 8-3 overall and 1-1 in the WAC standings.

The Tigers moved to 1-7 and 1-1.

Central Valley collected 14 hits on its way to a 10-5 victory over host Patterson on March 19.

Juan Plasencia finished 2-for-4 with one homer, one triple and four RBIs.

Ruben Casas finished 3-for-4 with one triple, two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.

Raul Godinez finished 4-for-5 with one RBI and two runs.

Michael Ereso finished 2-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

Jorge Alvarez finished 2-for-4 with two runs.

Jeff Reeves collected one RBI and one run.
Rogelio Avina scored once.

Sidney Long singled.

Casas started at pitcher and picked up the win.

Ruben yielded two hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Patterson edged Central Valley 3-2 on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks had a .296 team-batting average (8 of 27).

Godinez batted 3-for-4 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Plasencia batted 2-for-2 with one triple, one double and one run.

Austin Burns batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Michael Collins batted 1-for-3 with one double and one run.

Reeves batted 1-for-3.

Ereso, Central Valley's pitcher, suffered a hard-luck loss.

Michael tallied 11 strikeouts with just one walk in five innings.

He allowed two runs and scattered seven hits before exiting the game.

Tourney time
Ceres High and Central Valley will be hosting the Ceres Lions Club/Art McRae Tournament, April 1-4.

The Bulldogs will play against Kimball on April 1, Salesian on April 2 and Yerington on April 3.

All three games will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Central Valley will host Riverbank on April 1 (10:30 a.m.), Yerington on April 2 (3:30 p.m.) and Salesian on April 3 (3:30 p.m.).