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Ceres High closes out WAC campaign
Bulldog compile 11-15 record
Freshman Brock DeWitt and Ceres Highs varsity baseball team lost twice to El Capitan and once to Pacheco during the final week of the Western Athletic Conference season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity baseball team played three times during the final week of the Western Athletic Conference season.

The Bulldogs dropped their WAC finale, 5-3, to Pacheco on May 11 in Los Banos.

"It represented how our season went," head coach Clinton Goblirsch said. "We started off really well. Our defensive issues hurt us."

Ceres High posted an 11-15 overall record and tied for fourth place with crosstown-rival Central Valley in the conference standings (3-9) this spring.

"We didn't end up where we wanted to be," Goblirsch said. "We learned we have to be more consistent. We'll make improvements."

The Bulldogs squandered a 3-1 lead in losing to the Panthers.

Pacheco scored four unearned runs on three errors, two walks and two hits in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs collected seven hits during the game.
Ismael Ontiveros batted 2-for-4 with one double and one run.

Austin Kubala batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Adrian Lujan batted 1-for-3 with one run and one stolen base.

Ricky Lopez batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Blane Abeyta and Austin Schmidt both singled.

Steven Brown drove in one run.

Ontiveros allowed four unearned runs and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks over four innings while starting at pitcher.

"It's disappointing to end our season that way," Goblirsch said. "We feel like we're a better team."

Ceres High lost 14-0 to WAC-champion El Capitan in five innings on Senior Day at Art McRae Field on May 10.

Bulldog upperclassmen Austin Kubala, Damion Reyes, Alex Torres and Jacob Martinez were recognized before the contest.

Austin, Damion and Alex all started against the Gauchos (11-1). Jacob did not play due to injury.

"We appreciate everything they did," Goblirsch said. "They worked hard. All of them will be missed."

The Bulldogs managed to collect just three hits against the Gauchos. Kubala, Ontiveros and freshman Brock DeWitt all singled.

El Capitan shut out Ceres High 5-0 on May 9 in Merced.

Ontiveros and Lujan accounted for the Bulldogs' two hits.

Ceres High pitcher Nick Jones limited El Capitan to five hits. Three of the five runs Jones allowed were unearned. He had five strikeouts.

The Bulldogs committed five errors while allowing 11 runs in the third inning.

Ceres High had its string of consecutive playoff appearances snapped at five seasons.