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WAC championship remains up for grabs
CHS, CC vying for crown this week
Dylan Canatsy and Ceres High will battle Central Catholic for the Western Athletic Conference title this week. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High School's varsity baseball team battled until the final out was registered.

The Bulldogs' comeback bid fell short as they lost 3-2 to non-league opponent Enochs on Wednesday in Modesto.

"Emotions were a little down," Bulldogs head coach John Bussard said. "Their minds are elsewhere. I'm partly to blame for that. Our sights are set for next week. That's all we care about."

A day earlier, Ceres High players watched crosstown-rival Central Valley upset previously-unbeaten Central Catholic 6-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.

The first-place Bulldogs (20-4-1, 10-0) hold a one-game lead over the second-place Raiders (19-5-1, 9-1) heading into the final week of the WAC season.

Ceres High and Central Catholic will meet twice this week.

The Bulldogs want to end the Raiders' six-year run of capturing WAC titles.

"We were at the (Central Valley-Central Catholic) game," Ceres High standout Brandon Arevalos said. "We were there scouting. We had a feeling they'd be able to pull it off because they gave us a good game. It takes some of the pressure off. We feel like we have destiny in our hands."

Enochs snapped Ceres High's six-game winning streak.

The Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning and one in the fifth.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning.

Ceres High had runners on first and second base when Brent Bussard grounded into a double play to end the game.

"I'm not disappointed," coach Bussard said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win."

The Bulldogs struggled on offense, posting a team-batting average of .208.

Ceres High collected just five hits.

Arevalos singled.

Pernetti batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Brad Bussard batted 2-for-3 with one run.

Alan Marquez batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

"We were focused," Arevalos said. "But we were more excited about next week. Honestly, it would be the best feeling in the world if we get first."