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Hoover, CHS shut down Wolves, Buffs
Vaneza Hoover struck out 27 batters and allowed no runs in leading Ceres High School's varsity softball team to a pair of victories during the first week of the Valley Oak League season.

"She's amazing right now," head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "She's hitting her spots and keeping the ball away from the batters. I'm really pleased with that."

The senior pitcher threw a one-hitter, striking out 11 as the Bulldogs shut out Sierra 1-0 on Friday in Manteca.

Ceres High tallied the winning run in the top of the fourth inning.

Ryan Norton singled, moved to second on Hoover's hit and scored on Jode Johnson's clutch, two-out double over the shortstop's head.

"She (Jode) was due," Donaldson said. "She's been swinging the bat really well in practice."

Vaneza gave up two hits, fanned 16, walked three and belted a two-run homer in the Bulldogs' 6-0 win over Manteca on Wednesday in Ceres.

Ceres High pounded 10 hits.

Amanda Lampley batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one run scored and one RBI.

Jode Johnson collected a pair of singles and scored twice.

Mika Johnson doubled, singled and scored once.

Kaycee Creek singled and scored a run.

Norton and Taiylor Sakurada both had one hit.

Ceres High tallied two runs in the bottom of the second inning, one in the fourth and three in the fifth against Manteca.

The Bulldogs (10-1 overall) will play against East Union today (6 p.m.) at Northgate Park and host to Sonora on Friday (4 p.m.).