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League honors given to Dawgs
Matt Smith played sparingly as a member of Ceres High's varsity baseball program during his junior year.

He enjoyed a productive senior season. The 6-foot-tall, 187-pound centerfielder was among the four Bulldogs that garnered special recognition when Valley Oak League coaches congregated on May 12 in Oakdale.

"It's a good showing for us," Ceres High co-coach Bret Durossette said.

Smith and Robert Cope were selected to the VOL first team.

Matt, a senior, batted .429 (15-for-35) with one homer, four doubles, 10 runs and nine RBIs.

"That's a huge accomplishment for Matt," Durossette said. "For a kid that didn't get to play a lot last year, he did a good job."

Cope, a junior catcher, batted a team-best .439 (18-for-41) with one homer, two doubles, 11 walks, 12 runs, eight RBIs and just three strikeouts. The 2007 VOL Offensive Player of the Year managed to have a stellar season despite being pitched around.

"He had the reputation of being one of the big-time hitters in the league," Durossette said.

Promoted to varsity after the Bulldogs' first two league games, Dustin Baisdon earned second-team honors for his overall play. The freshman outfielder batted .389 (15-for-43) with two doubles, 11 runs and nine RBIs.

"He had a lot of timely hits," Durossette said. "His arm strength was one of the best in the league."

Martino Bertolotti was an honorable-mention selection. The junior shortstop batted .386 (17-for-44) with three triples, two doubles, four stolen bases, 15 runs and 15 RBIs.

"He had a good year," Durossette said.

Ceres High (6-8) finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the VOL standings with Central Valley and Sonora.