Ceres High’s varsity baseball team inched closer to securing its second playoff berth in the past three years last week.
The Bulldogs remained in third place in the Western Athletic Conference standings after securing a split versus the Grace Davis Spartans.
The top three teams in the WAC advance to the playoffs.
Ceres High (13-13, 8-4) will earn the conference’s final postseason berth this week if it splits with fourth-place Mountain House (15-10, 7-5).
“We’re in a good position. It’s in our hands. If we win, we clinch a spot. If we don’t, that’s on us.”Josh Pernetti
“We’re in a good position,” junior catcher Josh Pernetti said. “It’s in our hands. If we win, we clinch a spot. If we don’t, that’s on us.”
Freshman Noel Anaya’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled Ceres High past visiting Grace Davis, 4-3, on May 1 at Art McRae Field.
Bulldog relief pitcher Dominic Magdaleno earned the victory.
He gave up two hits in two innings.
Ceres High starting pitcher Justin Prestridge allowed three runs and nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk in five innings.
Prestridge also contributed on offense.
He batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Brock DeWitt batted 2-for-2 with two runs.
Pernetti batted 1-for-2 with one double and one RBI.
Jaden Borba batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Andrew Kommavong singled.
Grace Davis salvaged a split with Ceres High thanks to its thrilling 2-1 home win on May 3.
The Spartans scored both of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
“We’re not happy,” Pernetti said. “We should have won both games.”
Grace Davis pitcher Marques Gonzalez totaled 10 strikeouts against Ceres High last Friday.
Prestridge batted 3-for-3 from the plate with one run.
Pernetti, Kommavong and Isaiah Alcorn all singled.
Alcorn earned a no-decision at pitcher.
He surrendered no runs and one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in 42/3 innings.
“We definitely should have won especially with the way Isaiah pitched,” Pernetti said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
Ceres High compiled a 2-1 record against Grace Davis this season.
The Bulldogs edged the Spartans 8-7 at the Art McRae Tournament on April 25.