Adrian Magdaleno represented Ceres High’s varsity baseball program for the final time earlier this month in Turlock.
The 2018 grad got selected to play in the Modesto Sunrise Rotary High School All-Star Baseball Classic for the second year in a row.
"That chapter of my life is over. It’s time to move on to bigger things."Adrian Magdaleno
“When the game was going on, I wasn’t thinking about it,” Magdaleno said. “It hit me after the game when I was talking to my parents. That chapter of my life is over. It’s time to move on to bigger things.”
Magdaleno, Bulldog senior-to-be Brock DeWitt and the Gold team topped the Blue team 11-5 on June 9 at Stanislaus State.
“Being able to start at pitcher was pretty exciting,” he said. “It was a really cool experience. I felt confident. I was there for a reason.”
Adrian allowed no runs and one hit with two strikeouts in two innings.
“I’m proud of the way I performed,” he said.
Magdaleno and DeWitt teamed up for the final time.
“We didn’t play on the field at the same time,” Magdaleno said. “We talked in the dugout and after the game.”
Magdaleno played two seasons of varsity baseball with Ceres High.
Adrian amassed a 12-7 record with a 1.87 ERA, 114 strikeouts, eight complete games and two saves.
He earned first-team, all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2017.
“I performed very well at the JV level,” he said. “That gave me confidence going into varsity. I had the same approach every game. I knew I could play with anybody at any time. My mentality was to get batters out any way I could.”
The Bulldogs had a combined record of 33-21 and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs once during Magdaleno’s tenure.
“It was really exciting going to playoffs,” he said. “I was a little sad we didn’t make it to the postseason this year. I still had a lot of fun.”
Adrian plans to continue his baseball career at Modesto Junior College.
“I’ve been in contact with their coach since the beginning of senior year,” said Magdaleno, who will major in business administration. “I’m going to prove to him I’m the real deal. The success I’ve had over the years has really built my confidence up.”