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Lady Bulldogs earn 4-0 record in home tournament
Ceres High School's varsity softball team broke out of an early-season slump this past week at Rainbow Fields.

Senior Kaycee Creek and freshman Ali Lowman split time at pitcher as the Bulldogs posted a perfect 4-0 record en route to a first-place finish in Pool C of their own tournament.

"It's a confidence boost," head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "They definitely exceeded my expectations. They played very well."

Ceres High improved to 5-3 on the year. The Bulldogs lost three of their first four games of the season.

Ceres High shut out Weston Ranch 8-0 and topped Summerville 6-3 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs collected wins against Buhach Colony (2-1) and Modesto High (10-1) on Saturday.

Creek shut down Weston Ranch and Modesto High.

Lowman shined against Summerville and Buhach Colony.

"Kaycee's starting to get back into pitching form," Donaldson said. "She's throwing harder and with more confidence. Ali moved the ball around and kept hitters off guard. She's pretty accurate."

Ceres High outscored its four opponents 26-5 during the course of the tournament.

"We're getting better," Donaldson said.

The Bulldogs collected three wins and one tie on their way to a runner-up finish behind Sac-Joaquin Section Divison IV and Valley Oak League champion Sierra in Pool B last season.

Ceres High will wrap up its non-league schedule at Hughson today (3:30 p.m.). The Bulldogs will travel to Pacheco on Thursday (4 p.m.) for their Western Athletic Conference opener.