Ceres High School's varsity softball team put on an offensive showcase with a 17-hit performance against crosstown-rival Central Valley last week.
Junior Megan McCormick crushed two home runs, collected six RBIs and scored twice during the Bulldogs' 13-1 five-inning mercy-rule wipeout of the Hawks on Wednesday at Ceres High.
"I was pretty confident in our team being able to beat Central Valley," McCormick said. "It feels really good because I know a lot of their players. Not only is it a rivalry between teams, it's a rivalry against friends."
Ceres High improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Central Valley dropped to 6-5 and 2-3.
The Bulldogs improved their all-time record versus the Hawks to 15-0. Ceres High and Central Valley clashed for the first time in 2007.
"They're the best team we've played this year," Central Valley senior pitcher Lexy Cordova said. "They're elite. They have so much talent. It would shock me if they didn't (win the WAC title)."
"It's really fun because we've known each other since we were young," McCormick said while talking about her team's chemistry. "We all get along."
Ceres High had 10 different players collect at least one hit versus Central Valley.
Mahlena O'Neal batted 3-for-3 from the plate with one double, two RBIs and two runs.
Nicole Bates batted 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Kaytlin Donaldson batted 1-for-1 with one double, one RBI and two runs.
MaKenzie Veuve batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.
Sabrina Baisdon batted 1-for-2 with one double and one run.
Jessica Arreola batted 2-for-2 with one run.
Breanne DeLeon batted 2-for-2.
Camrynn Broumas batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Rayohna Sagapolu batted 1-for-2 with one run.
Hawk Nicholette Mendez singled and scored once.
Cordova had a single.
Sagapolu and fellow Bulldog pitcher Ali Lowman limited Central Valley to a team batting average of .125 with nine strikeouts.
Sagapolu faced seven batters during the first two innings. She allowed one hit and struck out five batters.
Lowman, a junior, allowed one run and one hit with four strikeouts and one walk while facing nine batters.
"All season, we've seen slower pitchers," Cordova said.
McCormick belted a two-run homer as the Bulldogs scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Megan increased Ceres High's lead to 11-0 when she hit a grand slam in the second inning.
"I really didn't have a good hitting season last year," McCormick said. "I've been working on my swing a lot more. When I'm up to bat, I basically zone out. I don't hear anybody talking at all. It's just me and the pitcher."
Cordova exchanged hugs with Broumas, DeLeon, Cameron Diaz, Izabel Saldana and Kinsey Ward after the game. "This past summer, I played with half of their team," said Lexy, who tallied five strikeouts on the mound against the Bulldogs last week. "This is what I expected. From top to bottom, they're great."
Ceres High outscored its first five WAC opponents, 54-5.