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Ceres High standouts celebrated
Josh Prestridge file
Three members of Ceres High’s baseball program earned first-team all-WAC honors, including Josh Prestridge. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo

Led by Isac Cordova, Josh Prestridge, Noel Anaya, Landyn Hudson, Jorge Gonzalez and Xavier Pompa, Ceres High’s baseball program finished third in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 9-5 record.

Cordova and his Bulldog teammates were all rewarded during the WAC’s year-end head coaches’ meeting.

“It’s always special when other coaches recognize things your guys did throughout league,” Ceres High leader Clinton Goblirsch said.

Cordova, Prestridge and Anaya were selected to the WAC First Team.

Cordova, a senior second baseman, hit .425 from the plate on the year with one triple, 10 doubles, 13 RBIs, 22 runs and 19 walks. He had an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.120.

“He’s hit well for us the last couple years,” Goblirsch said. “Discipline-wise, he had a better approach at the plate this season. That helped him. He was consistent with his contact and driving in runs.”

Prestridge, a junior third baseman/designated hitter. batted .387 with seven doubles, 25 RBIs and 21 runs. He had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .915.

“He was our spark plug,” Goblirsch said. “He got us going. He had good plate discipline. That made him a good leadoff hitter.”

Anaya, a senior, contributed at pitcher and first base.

He compiled a 3-4 record on the mound with a 4.20 ERA and 44 strikeouts.

He batted .267 with one triple, six doubles, 16 RBIs and 15 runs.

“He was a four-year varsity guy,” Goblirsch said. “We knew what we were going to get from him in all areas.”

Hudson and Gonzalez both earned second-team all-conference accolades.

Hudson, a junior, logged playing time at pitcher and first base.

He batted .333 with one triple, five doubles, six RBIs and 15 runs.

“Landyn was consistent,” Goblirsch said.

Hudson posted a 4-5 record on the mound with a 5.10 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

“He was unhittable at times on the bump,” Goblirsch said. 

Gonzalez, a junior centerfielder/pitcher, batted .297 with one triple, one double, 16 RBIs and 15 runs.

“He solidified our defense in the outfield,” Goblirsch said. “He tracked down balls. He was also able to get things done at the dish.”

Gonzalez finished 1-1 at pitcher with a 2.01 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

“He was good at attacking hitters,” Goblirsch said. “He was aggressive on the mound.”

Xavier Pompa, a senior catcher/pitcher, was an honorable-mention pick.

He batted .213 with two triples, seven doubles, 12 RBIs and seven runs.

“He was an extra-base hit guy,” Goblirsch said. “He found gaps.”

Pompa went 2-4 at pitcher with a 5.14 ERA and 19 strikeouts.