Cleared to play for Ceres High's varsity softball team after being sidelined for two weeks with a hip-flexor strain, Callie Nunes struggled to hit her spots during warmups prior to the start of last week's road contest at Turlock.
"I was a little worried because my pitches weren't doing what I wanted them to do," Nunes said. "Once I got in the game, and the adrenaline hit, everything fell into place."
Callie tossed her third no-hitter of her career as Ceres High shut out Turlock 2-0 on Thursday.
"I could not wait to get back out there," Nunes said. "I was off for two weeks. It was a little nerve racking in the beginning. I give my teammates a lot of credit. They had my back."
Nunes struck out 15 of the 23 batters she faced.
"All of my pitches worked for me," Nunes said. "It's a nice confidence booster."
Nunes outdueled Turlock sophomore Shelby Frutoz, who allowed two hits and struck out 10.
"We go to the same pitching coach," Nunes said. "She's good."
Juniors Andrea Duran and Shelby Veuve accounted for Ceres High's two hits.
Duran collected one double, one RBI and one run.
Veuve singled and scored once.
Nunes has thrown multiple no-hitters during her career with the Bulldogs, including two last season.
Callie enjoys frustrating opposing coaches and players.
"For me, it's so much fun," she said. "Honestly, it's almost comical."
The Bulldogs (9-4) will begin Western Athletic Conference play today.
Ceres High will play host to Los Banos.
The contest will get underway at 4 p.m.
The new-look Bulldogs will be vying for their fourth straight WAC title and sixth consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth this spring.
Ceres High lost a host of talent to graduation, including Nicole Bates, Mahlena O'Neal, Sabrina Baisdon, Mackenzie Veuve and Jessica Arreola. Bates and O'Neal earned scholarships to Washington and Georgia, respectively.
"I'm not surprised at the success we're having," Nunes said. "We all get along great."