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Red All-Stars collect trophies
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The Ceres Red All-Stars failed to place at their own tournament earlier this month.

The 11-12-year-old baseball team didn't disappoint in Newman, going a perfect 5-0.

"Our kids showed a lot of resiliency," assistant coach Carlos Moreno said.

Ceres edged Hart Ransom 3-2 for the title on Saturday.

The Dirtbags overcame a nine-run deficit in defeating Hilmar in the semifinals.

"We were a little concerned," Moreno said. "We didn't take them lightly."

Ceres beat Hart Ransom 7-2 earlier in the tournament, and twice in Hughson (16-2, 6-1).

"This was our fourth time playing," Moreno said. "They were itching to beat us. They played us tough."

Ceres tallied all three of its runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Anthony Garcia and Deavon Brown walked. Carlos Moreno singled to load the bases. Garcia scored on leadoff hitter Victor Rodriguez's single. Danny Arias, the Red All-Stars' No. 2 batter, drove in Deavon and Carlos.

Arias collected three singles in the game.

Jeff Reeves singled twice.

Moreno, Rodriguez and Raul Godinez all had one hit.

Elias Gomez pitched the first three innings for Ceres. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks. Gomez exited the contest with a 3-1 lead.

Godinez shined in relief. He gave up one run and two hits with five strikeouts and no walks over three innings.

"Our pitching was pretty solid," coach Moreno said. "Our defense was tight."

Ceres improved to 15-3 on the year.

The Red All-Stars placed first at tournaments in Hughson and Oakdale.


With two outs and two runners on base, catcher Ryan Vierra flipped off his headgear, fielded a slow dribbler and fired a low throw that first baseman Drew Stahl stretched out for in the final inning of the Ceres Red 9-10-year-old All-Stars' 7-3 triumph over Bel Passi Blue in the championship game of the Newman baseball tournament Saturday morning.

"It was a huge play," head coach Ron Stahl said.

Ceres took first with a 6-1 record at the tournament.

The Red All-Stars strung together five victories after falling into the loser's bracket courtesy of a 5-3 loss to Bel Passi Blue.

"The kids played awesome," Stahl said.

Ceres bested Bel Passi Blue 8-4 Friday night to advance to the finals.

"Bel Passi is the team we want to beat the most," Ron said. "It's always a battle when we play."

The Red All-Stars have won 16 of 18 games this summer. Ceres finished first in Hughson and second at its home tourney.


The Ceres Red 7-8-year-old All-Stars had to settle for runner-up honors after suffering a 9-8 loss in extra innings to Bel Passi Red in the semifinals of the Newman tournament Saturday morning.

"We both hit well and played good defense," head coach Kevin Oliver said. "It came down to whoever had home team (last at-bats)."

Ceres battled back from a 6-0 deficit.

The All-Stars evened the score in the top of the fourth inning and grabbed an 8-6 lead in the fifth.

Bel Passi Red tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and won it in the eighth.

"We represented the city of Ceres really well," said Oliver, whose team won five of seven games in Newman.

The Red All-Stars dropped into the loser's bracket after losing 5-3 to Bel Passi Red on Tuesday, July 8. Ceres beat Bel Passi Blue, Newman and Atwater on its way to advancing to the semifinal round.

"Our kids never lost confidence," Oliver said.

The Red All-Stars took first in Hughson and third in Ceres.