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Bulldogs win third consecutive WAC championship
Junior Callie Nunes starred at pitcher this spring while leading Ceres Highs varsity softball team to its third straight Western Athletic Conference crown. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity softball team claimed its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference crown this past week.

"I'm excited for the girls," Bulldogs head coach Angela Durossette said. "I wish we could have won it outright."

Ceres High had to share the WAC title with Los Banos.

The Bulldogs and co-champion Tigers both compiled identical 11-1 records.

Ceres High split its two-game series with Los Banos.

The Bulldogs won the first meeting, 4-0, on April 7.

Los Banos avenged the loss with a 2-1 victory on May 3.

The Bulldogs closed out the WAC season with a 9-0 win over visiting Pacheco on Senior Day on May 10.

Seniors Nicole Bates, Mahlena O'Neal, Sabrina Baisdon, Mackenzie Veuve, Jessica Arreola and Adryana Knights competed on their home field for the final time.

Bates, O'Neal, Baisdon, Veuve and Arreola have been teammates at the varsity level since the ninth grade.

"I tried to make it special for them," Durossette said. "We were all really emotional. There were a lot of tears. The girls and I have a really good relationship."

Bates batted 1-for-3 from the plate with one RBI, two runs and one stolen base against the Panthers.

O'Neal batted 1-for-3 with one double and two RBIs.

Baisdon batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Veuve batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Arreola batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Knights batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Ceres High totaled 12 hits.

Sophomore Andrea Duran batted 1-for-1 with two RBIs.

Sophomore Shelby Veuve batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Junior Rayohna Sagapolu batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Junior Callie Nunes batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Nunes pitched a one-hitter.

Callie tallied 15 strikeouts and just one walk in seven innings.

Ceres High improved to 18-4 on the year and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the fifth straight year.

"I don't think they're ready for the season to end," Durossette said. "They don't like to lose."