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Bulldogs sweep Panthers
Ryan Ashby
Ceres High’s baseball program honored two senior players during their final time playing at home on May 18, including Ryan Ashby (pictured with mom Jamie) and Andrew Kommavong (not pictured).

Ceres High’s baseball team continued its hot streak by compiling a 3-0 record against Western Athletic Conference South rival Pacheco this past week.

The Bulldogs have won eight of their last 10 games.

“We’re having a blast,” Ceres High sophomore pitcher Landyn Hudson said. “We started the season off a little shaky. We’ve turned it around. Coach (Clinton Goblirsch) has been having us work on different things at practice. We’ve been hitting the ball a lot better. All of our pitchers have been great on the bump.”

Added Goblirsch: “We’re playing like we’re capable of playing.”

The Bulldogs improved to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in the WAC standings with a 10-2 victory over the Panthers on Thursday in Los Banos.

“We’re playing good now,” Hudson said. “I know we can play a lot better.”

Hudson improved his record on the mound to 3-1. 

He had seven strikeouts and one walk while pitching a complete game.

Hudson allowed no earned runs and five hits.

Andrew Kommavong batted 2-for-3 with one double, three RBIs and two runs.

Nick Villalobos batted 1-for-1 with one RBI and two runs.

Josh Prestridge batted 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

Noel Anaya batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Isac Cordova batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

Adrian Ontiveros batted 1-for-1 with two runs.

Eli Beltran batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Miguel Espinoza batted 1-for-4 with one run.

Daniel Gonzalez singled.

Xavier Pompa scored once.

Ceres High topped Pacheco twice on Senior Day at Art McRae Field on May 18.

Kommavong and fellow upperclassman Ryan Ashby competed at home for the final time.

Goblirsch recognized both players before the final game of the three-game series.

Kommavong and Ashby played baseball at Ceres High for four and three years, respectively.

Kommavong has started at the varsity level for the past three seasons.

Ashby is a first-year varsity contributor.

“Kommavong has progressed (since sophomore year),” Goblirsch said. “I wish him the best of luck moving forward. He plans to go to Modesto Junior College. Ryan didn’t play last year. I’m glad he made the decision to play his senior year. We were excited to have him around.”

“They’re both phenomenal players,” Hudson added. “They’ll be missed. But we got to move on and continue to grow as a program.”

Ceres High won Game 1 of the doubleheader by the mercy, 17-6.

Hudson batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs.

Ontiveros batted 2-for-3 from the pate with two RBIs and two runs.

Beltran batted 1-for-2 with one triple, two RBIs and two runs.

Kommavong batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.

Prestridge batted 1-for-2 with one double, two RBIs and two runs.

Villalobos batted 2-for-4 with one triple, two RBIs and one run.

Cordova batted 1-for-3 with one double, one RBI and two runs.

Anaya batted 1-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Pompa batted 2-for-2 with one double and two runs.

Ashby (2-0) was the winning pitcher.

He gave up five earned runs and eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

“Ryan threw really well,” Goblirsch said. “Kommavong got the hit that ended it (the game).”

Ceres High cruised to a 10-1 victory during Game 2.

Anaya (2-3) tallied eight strikeouts and no walks at pitcher.

He surrendered just one earned run and four hits.

Anaya batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one double, one RBI and two runs.

Pompa batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Cordova batted 2-for-4 with one double and one run.

Villalobos collected one RBI and one run.

Beltran and Espinoza both scored twice.

Prestridge and Kommavong chipped in with one run apiece.

Hawks win once

Central Valley’s baseball program won 11 of its first 13 games of the 2021 season.

The Hawks lost two of three contests to the Mountain House Mustangs in Western Athletic Conference play this past week.

Central Valley and Mountain House are members of the WAC South and WAC North divisions, respectively. 

“They were a good team,” Central Valley head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “We battled and played hard.”

The Hawks and Mustangs played a doubleheader on May 18.

Visiting Central Valley won the second game, 10-1.

Gabrial Lopez improved his pitching record to a perfect 6-0.

Lopez surrendered just one run and four hits with 13 strikeouts and four walks over seven innings.

He batted 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and one run.

Hawk teammate Adrian Garcia batted 2-for-4 with one double, two RBIs and two runs.

Samuel Wilson batted 4-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Sergio Solis batted 1-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Angel Vega collected one RBI and two runs.

Diego Delahoya singled once and scored twice.

Donnie Tonelli singled and plated one run.

Ryan Estermann tallied one run.

The Hawks sustained a 13-3 loss during the first game.

Estermann batted 2-for-2 from the plate with one double, one RBI and one run.

Solis batted 2-for-2 with one run.

Garret Garcia drove in one run.

Central Valley lost 8-5 to Mountain House on Thursday in Ceres.

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

Lopez batted 1-for-3 with one double and one RBI.

Isaiah Hidalgo batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Garcia collected one RBI.

Estermann tallied one run.

Delahoya singled.

The Hawks had a 12-4 overall record as of Monday.

Central Valley (7-3) will close out the WAC South season this week with a doubleheader versus Pacheco.

The Hawks will win the conference title outright with a split against the Panthers.

First-place Central Valley has a two-game lead over second-place Los Banos in the league standings.

“We knew we would be good,” Goblirsch said. “But we didn’t know how good we would be. It’s a testament to the kids and the hard work they’ve put in.”


Central Valley’s and Ceres High’s boys soccer teams both won one of their two league games this past week.

Ceres High edged host Central Valley 2-1 in Western Athletic Conference South play on Wednesday.

The first-place Bulldogs (7-1-1) topped the third-place Hawks (4-4-1) for a second time this season.

Ceres High won the first meeting by shutout, 2-0.

“This game was completely different,” Hawks’ head coach Horatio Garcia said. “It was very competitive until the end.”

Ceres High’s Hassiel Ruiz and Sergio Gonzalez each tallied one goal against Central Valley last week.

Luis Flores had one assist.

Jesse Villalobos made two saves at goalkeeper.

Fernando Cano accounted for the Hawks’ lone goal.

“It was a good game,” Zamora said. “We played on their side of the field most of the time. Their defense was playing hard.”

Ceres High lost 2-1 at Pacheco on May 21.

The Bulldogs compiled a 1-1 record versus the Panthers this year.

Andrew Hernandez accounted for Ceres High’s lone goal during the rematch.

“We had chances to win the game,” Zamora said. “We missed a penalty kick.”

Central Valley shut out Mountain House 4-0 on Senior Night last Friday.

Cano led the Hawks in scoring with three goals.

Abraham Aguayo added one goal.

Isaiah Castillo collected one assist.

Aguayo, Agustin Pizza., Alejandro Gonzalez, Francisco Ramos and Mariano Silva, Central Valley’s five senior players, were recognized before the match.

“I was excited to see them enjoy their last game at home,” Garcia said. “I’m really happy with the effort they put out there.”

Ceres High and Central Valley will close out the 2020-21 season at Los Banos and Pacheco, respectively, today.

The Bulldogs will clinch first place in the WAC South standings with a win or tie against the Tigers.

The Hawks are vying for a third-place finish in league. The Panthers won the first meeting, 6-2.

“When you have kids show up to practice and play as a group, that makes a difference,” Zamora said. “We train to win period. That’s our philosophy.”

“Based on how we’ve been playing lately, I believe we can get the win,” Garcia said.