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CHS softball unbeaten at NorCal Classic
Alizae Cole
Alizae Cole and Ceres High’s softball team will compete at Johansen today and host Pacheco on Friday. Both league games will begin at 4 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo

Ceres High’s softball team posted a perfect 3-0 record at the NorCal Classic this past week at the Tracy Sports Complex.

“They played like I know they’re capable of—timely hitting, great defense, pitching was spot on,” Bulldogs’ head coach Mike Corsaut said. “The girls were dialed in. They did their job.”

Ceres High improved to 14-8 on the season following Friday’s 7-1 win against Rancho Cordova in the Platinum Division.

The Bulldogs collected six hits and seven walks.

“We put the ball in play,” Corsaut said. “We ran the bases well.”

Sehren Martinez batted 1-for-2 with one triple, two RBIs and one run.

Nani Sagapolu batted 1-for-1 with two runs.

Isabela Giraldes batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI.

Alizae Cole batted 1-for-3 with one triple and one run.

Maddie Schultz batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Emma Johnson scored once.

Heffernan and Ava Montesdeoca both singled.

Brooklyn Heffernan improved her pitching record to 10-5 as she allowed one earned run and two hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

“Brooklyn was Brooklyn,” Corsaut said. “She put us in a position to win every time. Her defense played well behind her.”

Ceres High totaled 11 hits and five walks during Friday’s 12-5 victory over Lincoln of Lincoln in pool play.

Down 5-2, the Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Heffernan batted 2-for-3 with one triple, three RBIs and two runs.

Cole batted 1-for-1 with one double, two RBIs and two runs.

Sagapolu batted 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

Giraldes batted 1-for-3 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Schultz batted 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI and one run.

Montesdeoca batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Martinez batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Kareli Hernandez chipped in with two runs.

Johnson and Natalie Gomes both scored once.

Giraldes earned a no-decision while contributing at pitcher.

She gave up just one earned run and six hits with two strikeouts and one walk in three innings.

“Bela should have got the win,” Corsaut said. “We made a couple mistakes behind her.”

Heffernan entered the game in the fourth inning and secured the victory.

She had two strikeouts and gave up just one hit.

Ceres High led from start to finish in defeating Kimball 6-1 in pool play on Thursday.

The Bulldogs accumulated 11 hits and six walks.

“We had good at-bats,” Corsaut said. “We showed some patience.”

Giraldes batted 3-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Heffernan batted 1-for-2 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Sagapolu batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Montesdeoca batted 1-for-2 with two runs.

Johnson batted 2-for-3 with one run.

Martinez and Cole both singled.

Heffernan gave up one run and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The format of the tournament was changed to pool play due to bad weather.

“They threw the brackets out the window because it rained,” Corsaut said. 

Ceres High will resume Western Athletic Conference play this week.

The Bulldogs will compete at Johansen today and host Pacheco on Friday.

Both games will begin at 4 p.m.

“We feel good with where we’re at,” Corsaut said. “You want momentum at the end of the season.”


Ceres High’s baseball team bested Hughson, Waterford, Millenium and Riverbank en route to a first-place finish at the Art McRae Tournament this past week.

“I’m excited we were able to win it in front of our home fans,” Bulldogs’ senior pitcher/infielder Noel Anaya said. “It felt really special. Our hard work at practice paid off during the games.”

Ceres High edged out Hughson 3-2 for the Art McRae Tournament title on April 20.

The Bulldogs avenged a 10-7 loss.

“We played with a lot more intensity this time,” Anaya said. “Our energy was up.”

Ceres High earned a hard-fought 6-5 win while battling Waterford on April 20.

The Bulldogs secured a 10-4 victory against Millenium on April 19.

Ceres High opened the tournament with a 9-2 win over Riverbank on April 18.

“Our expectation was to play our hearts out every game,” Anaya said.  “We did well in every area.”

Ceres High (11-13, 7-3) will face Grace Davis twice this week.

The Bulldogs will host the Spartans on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Ceres High has won its last four games.

“We’re hoping we can keep that going against Davis,” Anaya said.


Central Valley’s boys tennis team added to its win total in recent weeks.

The Hawks closed out the Central California Conference regular season with an 8-1 victory at Buhach Colony on April 14

Central Valley compiled a 10-4 record en route to a third-place finish in the CCC standings.

The senior-laden Hawks qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

“I predicted we’d finish in the top three before the start of the season,” head coach Mike Rodriguez said. “We have experience with nine seniors. We’re solid all the way through our lineup.”

Ruben Hernandez won, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1), at No. 1 singles.

Omar Lepe won, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 2 singles.

Lourdvic Polanes won, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.

Willy Souksavath won, 7-5, 2-6, 11-9, at No. 4 singles.

Enrique Lepe won, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 singles.

Jesus Hernandez won, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.

Aiden Sinlapaxay and Joaquin Pulido won, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles.

Kai Sivongxay and Dylan Chauhan won, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 doubles.

Jose Alvarez and Braulio Arellano won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Rodriguez said. “We beat them pretty easily the first time, too.”

First-place Merced defeated Central Valley 8-1 on Senior Day in Ceres on April 12.

The Bears posted a perfect 14-0 record against CCC competition this season.

“We got a win this time,” Rodriguez said. “The first time, it was 9-0.”

Sinlapaxay and Pulido prevented the shutout by winning, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5, at No. 1 doubles.

Alvarez and Arellano lost, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 2 doubles.

Sivongxay and Melvin Morales lost, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 3 doubles.

Ruben Hernandez lost, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.

Omar Lepe lost, 6-0, 7-6, at No. 2 singles.

Polanes lost, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 3 singles.

Souksavath lost, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 4 singles.

Enrique Lepe lost, 4-6, 6-0, 12-10, at No. 5 singles.

Jesus Hernandez lost, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.

Mustangs 9, Dawgs 0

Ceres High’s boys tennis team dropped to 5-5 in the Western Athletic Conference standings after losing 9-0 to host Mountain House on April 11.

The Mustangs swept all six singles and three doubles matches versus the Bulldogs.