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Oakdale denies Ceres High's upset bid
Ceres High's varsity baseball team contributed to its own demise during Game 2 of its Valley Oak League series with Oakdale.

The Bulldogs committed seven errors en route to a 6-2 loss to the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and VOL champion Mustangs on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

"Our defense didn't hold up," Ceres coach Julio Marquez said. "The mistakes killed us."

First-place Oakdale improved to 4-0 in conference play, while the fifth-place Bulldogs dropped to 1-3.

Ceres High sophomore pitcher Tyler Cummings surrendered one earned run, allowed five hits and struck out two batters over six innings.

"He's getting better," Marquez said. "We know he's going to be real dominant by his senior year. He's a competitor. He's got good stuff."

The Bulldogs tallied two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts against Oakdale senior pitcher Nick Vander Tuig, who verbally committed to San Jose State.

Ceres High infielder Martino Bertolotti doubled and scored once. Dustin Baisdon singled and drove in a run. Cummings singled and scored a run. Tyler Brenning doubled. Grant Hurst and Josh Edwards both singled.

"They competed really well," Marquez said.

Tied at one-all, the Mustangs turned a close game into a rout by scoring five runs on four errors in the top of the sixth.

"We knew we could play with them," Marquez said. "It was close. I just wish that one inning didn't happen."

Ceres High will face Weston Ranch twice this week.

The Bulldogs hosted the Cougars on Tuesday, March 24 and play on the road on Thursday at 4 p.m.

"Hopefully, we can catch fire," Marquez said.