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CV, CHS standouts team up in Modesto
Godinez drives in run for South squad during all-star contest
Ceres Highs Jimmy Bates (pictured) and Alan Marquez played in the Modesto Sunrise Rotary All-Star Baseball Game. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley's Raul Godinez, and Ceres High's Alan Marquez and Jimmy Bates wrapped up their prep athletic careers at the 25th Annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary All-Star Baseball Classic this past weekend.

Godinez, Marquez and Bates suited up for the East team, which posted a 5-0 win over the West squad Saturday evening in Modesto.

"It was a cool experience playing at John Thurman Field and meeting new people," Raul said. "There was a lot of pressure being the only one out there representing Central Valley."

Godinez, the East team's No. 8 batter, chipped in with one double and one RBI.

He started in centerfield and exited the game before the start of the fifth inning.

Raul collected his lone hit in the bottom of the fourth inning.

"It was my last at-bat," said Godinez, who lined a double down the first-base line.

Bates started at third base during the first through fifth innings.

Hitless, Jimmy drew one walk.

Marquez logged playing time at second base during the first and second innings.

He batted 0-for-1 from the plate.

"It was cool playing with Alan again," said Godinez, who teamed up with Marquez in travel ball several years ago. "We're pretty good friends. I've known Jimmy for a long time. That was my first time playing with him. We were talking throughout the game."

Raul contributed at pitcher and shortstop during the regular season.

Godinez volunteered to play a different position last week.

"I did what was best for the team," Godinez said. "I've played in the outfield before."

A three-year varsity player, Raul will try to join the Stanislaus State baseball program as a walk-on next spring.

"I thought about that in the dugout," Godinez said. "This could be my last time playing. Everything comes to an end. I'm satisfied. We made playoffs for the first time my junior year. I have no regrets."