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Ceres High keeps perfect record in WAC intact
Dawgs rely on host of players
Natalia Cortez scored three times in Ceres Highs 12-2 rout of host El Capitan on April 5 in Merced. - photo by Courier file photo

Ceres High School's varsity softball team placed first in the Western Athletic Conference in 2015 and 2014.

A 6-4 loss to Los Banos prevented the Bulldogs from winning the WAC title outright for the second year in a row this past season.

Ceres High pounded 14 hits while shutting out host Los Banos 4-0 on Thursday.

"We redeemed ourselves," Bulldogs catcher Mahlena O'Neal said. "They upset us and gave us our only loss in league last year."

Ceres High improved to 11-3-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Los Banos dropped to 13-2-0 and 3-1.

"It's no surprise we're in first place right now," Mahlena said. "We have a lot of talent on our team. We want to go undefeated but our focus is playing our hardest."

O'Neal batted 1-for-4 from the plate with one homer, two RBIs and one run against Los Banos.

Callie Nunes batted 1-for-3 with one triple, one RBI and one run.

Sabrina Baisdon batted 3-for-3 with one run.

Rayohna Sagapolu batted 3-for-4 with one run.

Sophomore Andrea Duran batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Mackenzie Veuve batted 2-for-4 with one double.

Jessica Arreola, Nicole Bates and sophomore Shelby Veuve all singled.

Nunes, Ceres High's ace pitcher, retired 21 of the 23 batters she faced.

Callie gave up no runs and one hit with seven strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

Nunes tallied nine strikeouts while leading visiting Ceres High to a 12-2 victory over El Capitan on April 5 in Merced.

Callie allowed two runs and one hit over six innings.

Nunes scored twice and singled once on offense.

Arreola batted 5-for-5 with one double, three RBIs and two runs.

Bates batted 4-for-4 with one triple, four RBIs and one run.

Mackenzie Veuve batted 3-for-5 with one homer, two RBIs and one run.

Adryana Knights batted 1-for-1 with one RBI.

Sagapolu batted 1-for-5 with one RBI.

Shelby Veuve batted 1-for-4 with one run.

Duran batted 1-for-5 with one run.

Natalia Cortez scored three times.

O'Neal singled twice.

The Bulldogs are striving to win their third consecutive WAC crown.

"It would be really special," O'Neal said while talking about the possibility of a three-peat. "That's how we want to go out and be remembered."