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Dawgs open WAC play with 15-0 win
• DeLeon tallies five strikeouts, allows two hits
Vianney Perez
Vianney Perez and Ceres High’s varsity softball team rolled to a 15-0 win against Lathrop during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play. Perez scored three runs. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s varsity softball coasted to a 15-0 win over visiting Lathrop last Thursday in a mercy-rule shortened game that ended after five innings.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Bulldogs’ head coach Mike Corsaut said.

Defending Western Athletic Conference-champion Ceres High improved to 6-2 on the year and 1-0 in the league standings.

The Bulldogs might have played their final game as the spring sports season was postponed, effective Monday, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“It’s disappointing,” Corsaut said. “But we have to err on the side of caution. We have to put everyone’s health and safety first. If we come back in April, we can play a few games and see who makes playoffs.”

Rebecca DeLeon picked up the win in the circle for Ceres High.

She had five strikeouts and gave up two hits in three innings.

Brooklyn Heffernan struck out all six batters she faced while tossing two innings of relief.

“They were dominant,” Corsaut said.

DeLeon and Heffernan also starred on offense.

DeLeon batted 2-for-4 from the plate with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs.

Heffernan batted 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and four runs.

Jamie Olvera batted 2-for-3 with one triple, one double and four RBIs.

Cheralyn Durossette batted 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs.

Vianney Perez and Vivian Pittman scored three and two runs, respectively.

Peyton Phillips drove in two runs.

Sehren Martinez and Lysaida Munoz chipped in with one run apiece.

Angelique Cochran singled.

Ceres High tallied two runs in the bottom of the first inning, six in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth to secure the mercy-rule victory.

“Everyone helped out in some way,” Perez said.