Ceres High's varsity baseball team put up a fight before losing twice to Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play last week.
The Tigers elevated their level of play in the sixth inning of both games.
The Bulldogs allowed a total of eight runs.
Host Ceres High lost 9-3 to Patterson on Thursday at Art McRae Field.
Tied at 3-3, Ceres High allowed five runs in the top of the sixth inning and one in the seventh.
The Bulldogs dropped to 8-10 overall and 0-4 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Tigers improved to 9-12 and 3-1.
Bulldog Michael Aveytia batted 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI and one run.
Josh Pernetti batted 1-for-4 with one run.
Efrain Brito drove in one run.
Brock DeWitt scored once.
Brock Moore singled twice.
Austin Schmidt collected one single.
Ceres High ace pitcher Adrian Magdaleno tallied nine strikeouts and four walks in 52/3 innings.
Magdaleno allowed three earned runs and four hits.
Alcorn surrendered one earned run and three hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 11/3 innings of relief.
Ceres High totaled four errors on defense.
Patterson edged visiting Ceres High 3-0 on April 10.
The Tigers broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Patterson beat Ceres High despite striking out 11 times and stranding 12 runners on base.
Bulldog starting pitcher Caleb Canella had 11 strikeouts in 52/3 innings.
Canella gave up three runs-two earned-and three hits.
Weather permitting, Ceres High will face Livingston twice this week.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play host to the Wolves tomorrow at 4 p.m.
LB sweeps CV
Central Valley's varsity baseball team lost twice to reigning Western Athletic Conference champion Los Banos this past week.
"We knew we'd have to play very well to beat Los Banos," Hawks' head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "They jumped on us early both games. We tried to battle back. We didn't rollover."
The Tigers shut out the visiting Hawks 9-0 on Thursday.
Central Valley never recovered after Los Banos exploded for five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Hawks batted .045 (1-for-22) from the plate as a team with eight strikeouts versus the Tigers.
Central Valley's Alex Solis spoiled Los Banos' no-hit bid with a single in the sixth inning.
"We played clean defense," Goblirsch said. "They just hit the ball well."
Central Valley allowed eight runs in the top of the second inning on its way to a 15-7 loss to Los Banos on April 9 in Ceres.
The Hawks committed seven errors during the game.
"We made too many mistakes," Goblirsch said.
Central Valley collected eight hits on offense.
Solis batted 1-for-4 with one triple, two RBIs and four runs.
Gabe Campos batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Robert Garcia batted 1-for-1 with one RBI and one run.
Sergio Solis and Andrew Nowaya both batted 1-for-4 with one run.
Jason Perez scored once.
Ryan Palecek and Angel Porras chipped in with one single apiece.
Weather permitting, Central Valley will play Pacheco twice this week.
The Panthers are schedule to host the Hawks tomorrow at 4 p.m.
"One of the goals we set was to make playoffs," Goblirsch said. "They understand we're running out of time. We have to finish strong. We have to start playing better baseball. We have to stop making mistakes. If we do that, we'll be fine."