Ceres High’s varsity softball team suffered its first loss in Western Athletic Conference play on April 11.
The Beyer Patriots put a halt to the Bulldogs’ 10-game unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win.
First-place Ceres High bounced back during the week of April 15-19 by collecting a pair of victories.
The Bulldogs (16-5, 10-1) topped Johansen and Pacheco by a combined score of 23-9.
Ceres High defeated visiting Johansen 12-2 in six innings on April 16.
Bulldog freshman pitcher Megan Yorba (5-2) had five strikeouts and no walks in five innings of work.
She allowed one unearned run and two hits.
Ceres High had nine different players contribute on offense.
Yorba batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Freshman Brooklyn Heffernan batted 4-for-4 from the plate with two doubles, six RBIs and one run.
Sophomore Cherlayn Durossette batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs.
Shania Evans batted 1-for-4 with one homer, two RBIs and one run.
Ceres High held on for an 11-7 win over host Pacheco on April 18.
The two teams combined for 19 hits and eight errors.
Tigers 12, Hawks 7
Central Valley’s varsity softball team put up a fight for five innings before falling 12-7 to visiting Patterson on April 17 in Ceres.
The Hawks dropped to 5-12 overall and 0-7 in the Central California Conference standings.
The Tigers improved to 11-5 and 6-2.
Central Valley lost 10-0 to Patterson in five innings earlier this season.
The Hawks outscored the Tigers 5-2 through two innings during the rematch.
Down 5-3, Patterson plated five runs in the top of the fourth inning to grab a three-run lead.
The Hawks cut the deficit to 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Patterson added one run in the sixth and five more in the seventh to secure the victory.
Ceres High’s varsity baseball team was looking forward to the challenge of facing Los Banos.
The Bulldogs and Tigers carried winning streaks of four and 10 games, respectively, into the Western Athletic Conference series.
First-place Los Banos increased its lead to three games over second-place Ceres High in the WAC standings with a sweep.
The Bulldogs dropped to 10-11 overall and 7-3 in league after losing 14-0 to the Tigers on April 17 at Art McRae Field.
Los Banos improved to 15-1 and 10-0.
The Tigers topped the Bulldogs 9-1 on April 15 in Los Banos.