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Lady Dawgs extend winning streak
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The Ceres High varsity softball team lost twice to Beyer earlier this month.

On Friday, the Bulldogs defeated the Patriots 6-2 in Ceres.

"This gives us a lot of confidence," said Ceres High pitcher Jennifer Arnold. "Now that we're at the top, we can't give into any other team."

Arnold was calm and effective. She pitched six scoreless innings and drove in two runs. Arnold struck out three of the final four batters she faced.

"She pitched great," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut. "She hit her spots. And threw strikes."

"I felt really good out there," said Arnold, who allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one.

Ceres improved to 15-4-1 overall, 7-2 in the Modesto Metro Conference. Beyer fell to 9-5-2 overall, 6-3 in the MMC standings. The first-place Bulldogs have won five straight.

The top two teams in the MMC advance to the playoffs. Ceres has six games left on its schedule.

"They've got to be the ones that want to do it," Corsaut said. "I see that desire."

Ceres roughed up Beyer pitcher Rachel Rebelo, who allowed six hits. Rebelo didn't much help from her defense either. The Patriots committed four errors.

"We had the confidence this game," Arnold said.

"We were ready to go from the get go."

Said Corsaut: "Everybodycontributed."

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Meghan Franksen hit a two-run double down the left-field line. Jordan Nash and Alex Overbey scored from third and second, respectively. Monica Hall followed with a sacrfice fly to right field, which scored Crystal Goblirsch from third. Heidi Eisenbeis drove in Franksen with a single to center.

The Bulldogs scored once in the third inning. Eisenbeis tripled to right field and scored on Arnold's bloop single to left.

Ceres led 1-0 at the end of the first inning. Hall singled to center and moved to second on an error, and scored on Arnold's double off the left-field fence.

"We're a talented team," Corsaut said. "That was evident today." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier