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CHS softball 2-0 at Bill Evans Memorial Tournament
Kylie Bond
Kylie Bond made her pitching debut with Ceres High’s softball team this past week. Bond totaled eight strikeouts during the Bulldogs’ 9-1 win over Cesar Chavez at the Bill Evans Memorial Tournament on Thursday at Rainbow Fields. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High School’s softball team enjoyed a productive start to the 2023 season.

The Bulldogs compiled a 2-0 record at their home tournament, the Second Annual Bill Evans Memorial, this past week at Rainbow Fields.

“I was pleasantly surprised with how well we played,” head coach Mike Corsaut said. “When the girls focus and put everything together, they can compete with anybody.”

Ceres High cruised to a 9-1 win over Cesar Chavez on Thursday. 

Kylie Bond allowed just one run and three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk while making her first varsity start at pitcher.

“I’m very happy for her,” Corsaut said. “She kept the ball down. She kept them off-balance.”

Sehren Martinez led the way on offense as she batted 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs.

Alizae Cole batted 2-for-3 with one triple, two RBIs and two runs.

Kyleigh Robinson batted 2-for-2 with one triple and two RBIs.

Ava Montesdeoca batted 3-for-3 with two runs.

Nani Sagapolu batted 1-for-3 with one triple, one RBI and one run.

Bella Bravo batted 1-for-3 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Natalie Gomes batted 1-for-1 with one run.

Ceres High edged Golden Valley 3-1 on Thursday.

“It was a competitive game,” Corsaut said.

Alizae Cole tossed a no-hitter while starring at pitcher.

She allowed one unearned run with five strikeouts.

“Alizae did a great job,” Corsaut said. “Golden Valley didn’t hit the ball out of the infield.”

The Bulldogs totaled five hits on offense.

Cole helped her own cause as she batted 1-for-1 from the plate with one triple, two RBIs, and one run.

Ava Montesdeoca batted 2-for-2 with one double, two runs and one stolen base.

Nani Sagapolu batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Bella Bravo batted 1-for-2.

Sehren Martinez had one stolen base.

The Bill Evans Memorial was supposed to be staged March 1-3 at the George Costa Ball Field Complex in Ceres, but was moved to Rainbow Fields due to poor field conditions caused by the recent wet weather.

“There’s no way those fields would be ready because of the rain,” Corsaut said. “They really tried. I’m thankful for all of the teams and CYB for being so flexible. I’m just glad we were able to get games in.”

Additional Ceres High tournament games will be played on campus and at the Costa Complex on March 18 and March 25, respectively.

Haylee Mann Kareli Hernandez
Haylee Mann (7) and Kareli Hernandez had reason to celebrate this past week as Ceres High’s softball team posted a 2-0 record at its home tournament. - photo by Dale Butler