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Lady Dawgs end losing streak
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MODESTO -- The Ceres High varsity softball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Modesto High on Thursday in Modesto.

"In the three games we lost, we hadn't got the timely hit," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut. "It happened against Modesto."

Junior pitcher Monica Hall fanned five batters and scattered five hits in seven innings for the Bulldogs. Hall and Heather Russell both went 2-for-3 from the plate. Heidi Eisenbeis tripled. Meghan Franksen doubled.

With the win, Ceres moved into a first-place tie with Beyer, Grace Davis and Johansen in the Modesto Metro Conference standings.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in league, 10-3-1 overall.

"Every team in this league is better," Corsaut said. "And people don't believe me when I say that."

Ceres routed Modesto in past years.

Thursday's contest was settled with two out in the top of the seventh inning. Franksen doubled off freshman pitcher Amanda Pridmore and Hall followed with a single to win it.

The Bulldogs scored their first run with one out in the fourth inning. Ceres loaded the bases. Jordan Nash scored from third on Crystal Goblirsch's single.

The Panthers scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the third inning.

Beyer beats Ceres again

The Patriots beat the Bulldogs for the second time in five days on Wednesday in Modesto.

Jennifer Arnold scattered four hits and struck out six for Ceres.

Rochelle Joseph allowed five hits and accumulated eight strikeouts, and Julie Aiello went 2-for-3 from the plate with a triple and two RBI for the Patriots.

"We had opportunities to win that game," Corsaut said. "We didn't come up with the timely hit."

Beyer scored twice in the bottom of the third inning.

Katie Campbell reached on an error and Kayla Rovig singled. Campbell and Rovig scored on Aiello's hit to left-center field with two outs.

Ceres had five hits in the game. The Bulldogs also committed two errors.

Beyer defeated Ceres 6-4 at the Tracy Tournament on April 2.

The Bulldogs play at Davis today and host to Modesto High on Friday. Both games start at 3:30 p.m.

"We have to continue to play our best softball," Corsaut said.

"We can't take anybody lightly. If we do, we're going to lose." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier