Nicole Bates, Mahlena O’Neal, Rayohna Sagapolu, Ariel Knights, Mackenzie Veuve, Brad Bussard, Brent Bussard and Brett Conway will represent Ceres High School in all-star games this week.
Bates, O’Neal, Sagapolu, Veuve and Knights will suit up for the Western Athletic Conference in the First Annual Paul Leonardo Memorial WAC vs. Central California Conference All-Star Softball Game today at Livingston High School.
The contest will get underway at 5 p.m.
“I’m happy for the girls,” Ceres High softball head coach Angela Durossette said. “It’s going to be a good experience for them. They’re going to play against some of the best players in the CCC. It should be a fun evening.”
Brad, Brent and Brett will participate in the 26th Modesto Sunrise Rotary East v. West Baseball Classic this Saturday (7:05 p.m.) at Cal State Stanislaus.
The Bulldog trio will play for the East team, which will be coached by Ceres High’s John Bussard.
“It’s a chance for the kids to go out there, have fun and showcase their talents,” coach Bussard said. “The winning team gets to play in the Merced County Game.”
Bates, O’Neal, Sagapolu, Veuve and Knights led Ceres High to its second consecutive WAC championship (10-2) during the regular season. The Bulldogs compiled a 22-9 overall record and tied for fifth place in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-III playoff tournament.
Nicole was voted WAC Offensive Player of the Year. Bates batted .521 with two homers, two triples, seven doubles, 17 RBIs, 24 runs and six stolen bases.
Mahlena and Rayohna were both selected to the WAC First team.
O’Neal batted .400 with three homers, one triple, four doubles, 20 RBIs and nine runs.
Rayohna batted .449 with two homers, four doubles, 15 RBIs, 16 runs and three stolen bases. She posted a 4-1 record with a 0.58 ERA, 45 strikeouts and four complete games at pitcher.
Knights and Veuve earned second-team all-league honors.
Ariel batted .406 with three homers, two triples, 13 RBIs, 11 runs and one stolen base.
Mackenzie batted .333 with two homers, three doubles, 13 RBIs and 11 runs.
Ceres High’s baseball program won its second straight WAC crown (11-1) thanks in large part to the play of four-year contributors Brad, Brent and Brett.
The Bulldogs went 23-7 and advanced to the semifinal round of the Division-IV playoffs this spring.
Brad was named WAC MVP.
He batted .450 with three triples, four doubles, 19 RBIs, 15 runs and 10 stolen bases.
A standout on the mound, Brad had a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.18 ERA, three complete games and 34 strikeouts.
Brett earned second-team all-conference honors for the third year in a row.
Conway batted .316 with one triple, one double, 17 RBIs, six runs and one stolen base.
Brent batted .222 with one double, six RBIs and eight RBIs.