Eight former teammates with the Ceres Blaze competed in the 29th Annual Modesto Sunrise Rotary High School All-Star Baseball Classic earlier this month in Turlock, including Ceres High’s Brock DeWitt, Hughson’s Andruw Mendes and Wyatt Kee, Waterford’s Michael Vivo Jr. and Alvaro Perez, Gregori’s Colton MacCaughtry, and Central Catholic’s Orlando Leon and Alex Escobar.
DeWitt, Keyes, Mendes, Vivo Jr., Perez, MacCaughtry and the Gold team pulled away for an 11-5 victory over Leon, Escobar and the Blue team on June 9 at Cal State Stanislaus.
“It was awesome getting to play baseball with them again. We’ve all had success in our own ways playing for different high schools. I’m not surprised. A lot of talent has gone through the Blaze program."Brock DeWitt
“It was awesome getting to play baseball with them again,” DeWitt said. “We’ve all had success in our own ways playing for different high schools. I’m not surprised. A lot of talent has gone through the Blaze program. They taught us the fundamentals. We played in tougher tournaments against older competition. It improved our level of skills.”
DeWitt fielded a groundball and threw to shortstop Vivo at second base for the final out of the game.
Mike Vivo Sr., Waterford’s head coach, managed the Gold squad.
He also coached DeWitt, Kee, Mendes, Vivo Jr., Perez, MacCaughtry, Leon and Escobar with the Blaze 14-and-under and 12-and-under travel teams.
“It was a reunion,” Brock said. “We talked about the memories in the dugout. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of us went on and had success playing college baseball.”
DeWitt, a senior-to-be at CHS, played in the Rotary All-Star Classic for the first time.
“I enjoyed the experience,” he said. “I got to meet a lot of different players from around Stanislaus County. It’s always nice to win. We hit really well. Defensively, we were outstanding.”
Brock logged playing time at third base in the seventh inning and second base in the eighth and ninth.
He batted 0-for-2 from the plate with a popout and strikeout.
“I always expect more of myself,” DeWitt said.
Brock earned first-team, all-Western Athletic Conference honors during the 2018 campaign.
He batted .290 from the plate with one triple, three doubles, seven RBIs, 25 runs and 12 stolen bases.
“I thought I did decent,” said DeWitt, who hit leadoff for the Bulldogs. “I’m hoping to have a better year next season. I know what I need to fix. Personally, I’m hoping to hit .350 and make no more than five errors. The main goal is to make the playoffs.”