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Lady Dawgs eighth at Tracy/West tourney
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The Ceres High varsity softball team placed eighth in a field of 28 with a 3-2 record at the Tracy/West Tournament this past weekend. The Bulldog (9-2-1) played five games in three days.

"We could have done better," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut.

Meghan Franksen made the all-tournament team. The senior shortstop batted .471 with two homers and six runs.

"We had numerous coaches compliment how well she played," Corsaut said.

Clovis East edged Ceres High 3-2 in the seventh-place game on Saturday.

"They're probably the best team that we faced," Corsaut said.

Jennifer Arnold pitched for the Bulldogs. The junior fanned seven batters, surrendered six hits and allowed two earned runs.

Ceres led 1-0 through three innings of play. Arnold belted a leadoff homer in the bottom of the second inning.

The Timberwolves scored all three of their runs in the top of the fourth inning.

The Bulldogs tallied their second run with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jordan Nash, Jessica Hunter and Teryn Hansen all walked. Nash scored on Jenna Staggs' single to left field. Franksen lined out to first with the bases loaded to end the inning.

"We had chances to capitalize and didn't do it," Corsaut said.

Ceres left two runners on base in the sixth inning.

Beyer snapped Ceres High's 10-game unbeaten streak and advanced to the fifth-place game on Saturday. The Bulldogs allowed four runs on three errors in the fifth inning en route to a 6-4 loss to the Patriots.

"We didn't get it done defensively," Corsaut said. "That's uncharacteristic of us."

Monica Hall pitched against the Patriots. The junior gave up one earned run and six hits. She had seven strikeouts.

Franksen, Nash and Heidi Eisenbeis each had two hits for the Bulldogs.

Ceres trailed 6-1 at the end of the fifth inning. The Bulldogs outscored the Patriots 3-0 in the final two innings.

"We battled," Corsaut said. "We didn't give up. We had the tying run at the plate in the seventh inning."

Ceres and Beyer will meet three times in league this season. The Patriots play host to the Bulldogs today at 3:30 p.m.

"They got bragging rights right now," Corsaut said. "They beat us."

Ceres defeated Stagg 2-1 and Milpitas 3-0 on Friday.

Arnold allowed four hits and struck out three batters against Stagg. Franksen accounted for both of the Bulldogs' runs. In the third inning, she singled, advanced to third on Eisenbeis' base hit and scored on a passed ball. Franksen hit a two-out homer in the fifth inning.

Hall shut down Milpitas. She gave up just two hits and had two strikeouts. Franksen belted a leadoff homer in the first inning for the Bulldogs. Hall and Eisenbeis scored on wild pitches in the sixth inning.

The Bulldogs won their tournament opener on Thursday. They posted a 4-1 victory over the East Union Lancers.

Arnold surrendered four hits and accumulated seven strikeouts for Ceres.

Arnold, Nash, Franksen, Crystal Goblirsch and Heather Russell all contributed on offense.

Nash had a two-run homer to right-center field in the second inning. Goblirsch doubled and scored on Franksen's grounder in the third inning. In the sixth inning, Russell singled, moved to second on Arnold's sacrifice, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier