Ceres High’s varsity baseball team tied for second place with crosstown-rival Central Valley at the Art McRae Tournament this past week in Ceres.
The co-host Bulldogs won three of their four games.
“It was a week to get better and get our confidence back up after losing two games to Los Banos,” Ceres High infielder Brock DeWitt said. “Everybody hit well this tournament.”
Ceres High battled back for an 8-7 win over Grace Davis on April 25.
“Everything started to click,” DeWitt said. “We didn’t want to give them confidence heading into this next week.”
Brock Moore’s two-run, walk-off homer to left-center field propelled the Bulldogs past the Spartans.
“It was a great way to end the tournament,” DeWitt said.
Ceres High erased a six-run deficit during the final two innings.
The Bulldogs tallied three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure the victory.
Sophomore Andrew Kommavong cut Grace Davis’ lead to 7-6 when he scored from second base on Isaiah Alcorn’s double.
Moore’s first career homer came with two outs in the inning.
“He’s been hitting the ball really well,” DeWitt said.
Ceres High totaled nine hits versus Grace Davis.
Alcorn batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run.
Kommavong batted 1-for-2 with two runs.
DeWitt batted 2-for-4 with one triple, one double and one run.
Dominic Magdaleno batted 2-for-2 with one run.
Josh Pernetti batted 1-for-2 with one run.
Freshman pitcher Noah Anaya earned his second career victory.
Anaya tallied six strikeouts in four innings.
He gave up one unearned run and two hits.
Ceres High collected 18 hits during its 15-4 blowout of Riverbank in six innings on April 24.
Sophomore Jaden Borba batted 4-for-5 with one double, two RBIs and three runs.
Isac Cordova batted 1-for-3 with one double, three RBIs and one run.
Kommavong batted 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.
Justin Prestridge batted 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs.
Moore batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.
DeWitt batted 2-for-5 with two runs.
Alcorn batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.
Anaya batted 1-for-1 with one double and two runs.
Pernetti batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Daniel Gamez scored one run.
Prestridge (3-6) allowed two runs and two hits with two strikeouts and four walks in four innings at pitcher.
Modesto Christian scored eight times in the top of the seventh inning en route to pulling away for a 13-3 win over Ceres High on April 23.
The Bulldogs were limited to just six hits.
Ceres High made three errors.
Alcorn batted 2-for-3 with one double and two RBIs.
Borba batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Prestridge batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Pernetti and Moore tallied one run each.
DeWitt and Gamez both singled.
Alcorn (2-4) surrendered 12 runs and 11 hits with two strikeouts and eight walks in six innings.
Ceres High won its tournament opener, 9-5, versus Johansen on April 22.
The Bulldogs beat the Vikings despite committing four errors.
Ceres High had seven hits.
Michael Aveytia batted 2-for-3 with one homer, one double, two RBIs and three runs.
Moore batted 1-for-3 with three RBIs and one run.
Borba batted 1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs and one run.
Sophomore Nicholas Corbin batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Anaya batted 1-for-2 with one double and one run.
Pernetti batted 1-for-2 with one run.
DeWitt scored twice.
Anaya, Ceres High’s starting pitcher, picked up his first win of the season.
He gave up no runs and one hit with five strikeouts and two walks in three innings.
“You always want to win when you’re hosting a tournament,” DeWitt said.
Ceres High (12-12, 7-3) has four games left on its Western Athletic Conference schedule. The second-place Bulldogs will host the fourth-place Spartans (6-11, 4-6) today and play at Grace Davis on Friday. Both games will begin at 4 p.m.