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Bulldogs win via blowout in softball
Jessica Arreola and Ceres High are playing in a tournament in Hawaii this week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity softball team has won 42 of its last 50 Western Athletic Conference games dating back to the 2012 season.

The Bulldogs' latest victory came against Livingston last week.

Visiting Ceres High exploded for 11 runs in the top of the first inning and coasted to a 19-0 mercy-rule win over the Wolves on March 22.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the WAC standings.

"We don't take anyone lightly," said Nicole Bates, Ceres High's leadoff hitter and shortstop. "We're pretty good at staying focused. We go into every game with a competitive mindset."

The Bulldogs totaled 20 hits.

Bates batted 3-for-5 from the plate with one triple, two doubles, six RBIs, four runs and one stolen base.

Mahlena O'Neal batted 2-for-5 with one double and five RBIs.

Rayohna Sagapolu batted 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs, three runs and one stolen base.

Mackenzie Veuve batted 2-for-5 with one homer, two RBIs and one run.

Andrea Duran batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.

Sabrina Baisdon batted 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Jessica Arreola batted 2-for-4 with two runs.

Shelby Veuve batted 1-for-3 with two runs.

Natalia Cortez batted 1-for-1 with four runs.

Callie Nunes batted 1-for-3.

"We're starting to get better at stringing together timely hits," Bates said.

Ceres High will play four games in a tournament this week in Hawaii.

The Bulldogs' next two conference opponents are hosts El Capitan (April 5) and Los Banos (April 7).

Winners of three WAC titles during the previous four years, Ceres High will strive to maintain its tradition of excellence this spring.

"That's what we're shooting for," Bates said.