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CHS bounces back following loss to LB
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Adria Robinson makes a great defensive play in right field during Central Valleys 24-0 mercy-rule loss to crosstown-rival Ceres High on Thursday. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's varsity softball team had its 14-game unbeaten streak snapped by Los Banos last week.

The Tigers prevailed 2-1 on May 3 and moved into a tie for first place with the Bulldogs atop the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Ceres High took out its frustration on crosstown-rival Central Valley two days later.

The Bulldogs pounded a season-high 28 hits during Thursday's 24-0 mercy-rule win over the host Hawks.

"Of course, we were upset with the loss," Ceres High star shortstop Nicole Bates said. "We were ready to redeem ourselves. We came out swinging."

The Bulldogs improved to 17-4-0 overall and 10-1-0 in the WAC.

Central Valley dropped to 0-11-0 in the conference standings.

Ceres High posted a team batting average of .667 versus the Hawks.

Bates finished 4-for-5 with one homer, one double, four RBIs and three runs.

Rayohna Sagapolu finished 3-for-4 with one homer, one double, five RBIs and three runs.

Callie Nunes finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs.

Andrea Duran finished 4-for-5 with one double, three RBIs and two runs.

Mackenzie Veuve finished 3-for-3 with one double, two RBIs and three runs.

Jessica Arreola finished 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and three runs.

Sabrina Baisdon finished 2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.

Shelby Veuve finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run.

Mahlena O'Neal finished 2-for-5 with one double.

Natalia Cortez scored four times.

Nunes notched her second no-hitter of the season while starring at pitcher.

She had 12 strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

The Bulldogs 13 runs in the top of the second inning.

Ceres High improved its all-time record against Central Valley to 20-0.

Ceres High pounded 14 hits while shutting out host Los Banos 4-0 on April 7.

The Bulldogs batted just 5-for-27 as a team with six strikeouts and four walks during the rematch.

Sagapolu finished 2-for-3 with one double and one RBI.

Bates scored once.

Arreola doubled.

Baisdon singled.

Ceres High scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning.

Sagapolu knocked in Bates with a double.

Los Banos (20-2-0, 10-1-0) managed to beat Ceres High despite collecting just one hit.

Ali Waltman hit a two-run homer off Nunes in the top of the third inning.

Nunes allowed two runs and one hit with 10 strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.

"Los Banos has a good team," Bates said. "The game didn't go our way. We hit the ball hard. But it was right at people."