Ceres High School's varsity softball team began defense of its Western Athletic Conference title this past week.
Unbeaten a year ago in WAC play, the Bulldogs bested Livingston and Patterson.
"There's a lot of pressure for a variety of reasons," said Angela Durossette, Ceres High's new head coach. "We have something to prove. "
Ceres High defeated visiting Livingston by the five-inning mercy-rule, 11-0, on Thursday.
The Bulldogs improved to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the WAC standings.
Ceres High pounded 15 hits versus Livingston.
Rayohna Sagapolu batted 4-for-4 with one homer, one double, four RBIs and one run.
Nicole Bates batted 2-for-4 with one triple, one double, three RBIs and two runs.
Ariel Knights batted 2-for-3 with one homer, two RBIs and one run.
Mahlena O'Neal batted 1-for-3 with one homer, one RBI and one run.
Jessica Arreola batted 2-for-3 with two runs.
Callie Nunes batted 2-for-3 with one run.
Mackenzie Veuve batted 1-for-2 with two runs.
Andrea Duran batted 1-for-2 with one run.
Sagapolu was dominant on the mound as she tossed a five-inning no-hitter.
Rayohna had nine strikeouts and two walks.
Ceres High routed Patterson 8-0 on March 10.
The Bulldogs collected 12 hits.
O'Neal batted 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.
Bates batted 3-for-5 with two runs.
Knights batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run.
Veuve batted 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run.
Sabrina Baisdon batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.
Nunes pitched a complete-game shutout.
Callie allowed no runs and four hits with 14 strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.
Tigers rally past Hawks
Central Valley High School's varsity softball team dropped Thursday's Western Athletic Conference season-opener 9-5 to host Patterson.
The Hawks (4-5, 0-1) contributed to their own demise by committing eight errors.
Central Valley totaled nine hits on offense.
Nayeli Pelayo batted 3-for-4 from the plate with four RBIs and one run.
Autianna Baxter batted 2-for-3 with one run.
Lynaya Lerma batted 1-for-3 with two runs and two steals.
Lindsey Alexander batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.
Gabriela Bonales batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Krystal Salazar batted 1-for-3.
Hawk pitcher Jessica Alvarez scattered 14 hits, allowed seven earned runs, fanned three and walk one.
Ahead 3-0, Central Valley allowed eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.