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Corsaut, CHS softball garner special recognition
• Bulldogs continue excellence under Corsaut’s direction
Corsaut’s guidance
Ceres High’s softball team posted a 14-9 overall record, placed first in the WAC for the second year in a row and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs under head coach Mike Corsaut’s guidance. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Ceres High’s softball program has been named the Courier’s Team of the Year for the spring sports season.

Bulldog leader Mike Corsaut earned Coach of the Year honors.

“I’m proud of the girls,” he said. “I can’t complain. We won league again. We made playoffs again.”

Corsaut helped Ceres High continue its run of excellence.

The Bulldogs compiled a 14-9 overall record, finished first in the Western Athletic Conference standings for the second straight season and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.

Corsaut was voted WAC Coach of the Year.

“It’s pretty special to be recognized with this being my last year coaching,” he said. “The credit goes to the girls and my coaching staff. I enjoyed being out there with all of them.”

Two-time defending WAC champion Ceres High outscored its league opponents, 178-37, en route to compiling a near-perfect 13-1 record.  

The Bulldogs have won eight league titles and made nine playoff appearances during Corsaut’s 11 years as head coach (2019-24, 2002-06).

“We met our goal of winning league (outright) this season,” said Corsaut, whose team shared the WAC crown with Los Banos and Mountain House in 2023. “That was awesome.”

Five Bulldog players earned conference recognition, including Alizae Cole, Isabela Giraldes, Ava Montesdeoca, Nani Sagapolu and Elizabeth Figueroa.

Cole, a junior pitcher, was voted WAC “Pitcher of the Year.”

She also earned first-team all-conference honors.

Cole compiled a 12-1 record with a 1.70 earned-run average, 86 strikeouts, nine complete games and one shutout.

She batted .556 from the plate with one home run, three triples, four doubles, 22 RBIs and 16 runs.

She ranked first on the team in triples, second in hits, home runs, doubles, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, third in batting average and fourth in runs.

Giraldes, Montesdeoca and Sagapolu were all selected to the WAC First Team.

Giraldes, a senior first baseman, batted .574 with 10 doubles, 27 RBIs and 27 runs.

She ranked first on the team in batting average, hits, doubles, RBIs and fielding percentage, second in runs, and third in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

She committed no errors on defense in 14 games.

Montesdeoca, a junior shortstop, batted .571 with two home runs, two triples, three doubles, 16 RBIs, 31 runs and eight stolen bases as the Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter.

She ranked first on the team in home runs, runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage, second in triples and stolen bases, and third in doubles and RBIs.

Sagapolu, a junior third baseman, batted .447 with three doubles, 15 RBIs and 10 runs.

Figueroa, a sophomore leftfielder, was named to the WAC Second Team.

She batted .395 with two doubles, 13 RBIs and 18 runs.

“I was really happy the girls got recognized,” Corsaut said. “They deserved what they got. They all did extremely well.”