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First-year varsity players step up
Newcomers make a difference in respective sports
Vianney Perez didnt perform like a freshman during her first season with Ceres Highs varsity softball team. Perez batted .375 with seven homers, three triples, six doubles, 34 RBIs, 28 runs and just three errors in 29 games. - photo by DALE BUTLER/Courier file photo

Ceres High's Dalton Durossette, Adrian Magdaleno and Vianney Perez all filled major roles while competing at the varsity level for the first time this past spring.

Vianney has been named the Courier's Female Newcomer of the Year.

Dalton and Adrian will both share co-Male Newcomers of the Year honors.

A standout on both offense and defense, Perez helped propel Ceres High's softball program to a 20-9 overall record and top-eight finish in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoffs.

The Bulldogs (9-1) also won their fourth consecutive Western Athletic Conference crown.

"She'll have a shot at being (league) MVP in the future," said 2017 Ceres High grad/WAC Most Valuable Player Rayohna Sagapolu. "You can tell she's very motivated. She loves the game. She's willing to work to be better."

Just a freshman, Vianney batted .375 from the plate with seven homers, three triples, six doubles, 34 RBIs, 28 runs and just three errors in 29 games.

She earned first-team all-conference honors.

Perez ranked first in the WAC in runs (17), second in homers (3) and RBIs (17), sixth in doubles (2), seventh in batting average (.472) and slugging percentage (.777), and 10th in on-base percentage (.513).

She played shortstop on defense.

Vianney's predecessor, Nicole Bates, had a storied softball career at Ceres High and earned a scholarship to the University of Washington.

Ceres High's baseball program had two ace pitchers in Durossette and Magdaleno.

"They (Adrian and Dalton) keep their composure," 2017 Ceres High grad/WAC Offensive Player of the Year Ricky Lopez said while assessing the play of the Magdaleno and Durossette during the regular season. "They're focused on their goal and that's to dominate on the mound. It's pretty impressive."

Adrian and Dalton both earned first-team all-WAC honors.

Magdaleno posted a 9-2 record with a 1.89 earned-run average, one shutout, eight complete games, 48 strikeouts and two saves on the year.

Durossette compiled a 7-4 record with a 2.53 ERA, one no-hitter, one shutout, three complete games and 56 strikeouts.

Dalton was also a major contributor on offense.

He batted .410 from the plate with one homer, three doubles, 22 RBIs, 34 runs and 11 stolen bases for the Bulldogs, who went 23-7, finished in the top four in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs and placed second in the WAC standings (12-3).