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Red All-Stars place first in Los Banos
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The Ceres Youth Baseball 12-and-under Red All-Stars won four of five games en route to placing first at the Los Banos Tournament. The round-robin event featured five teams and was held Aug. 6-7.

"They got behind in two of the games and came back," said Ceres coach John Patterson. "They refused to lose.

"They played smart, executed plays and had fun."

Catcher David Griffin battled the heat. He caught all six innings in the championship game, the first three innings in the fourth game and every inning in the first three games.

"He was awesome behind the plate," Patterson said. "He had three pickoffs and assisted on another one."

Ceres edged Modesto Cal Ripken 2-0 in the championship game on Aug. 7.

Starter Frankie Hernandez pitched a complete game. The hard-throwing right hander allowed just one hit in six innings.

"He was dominating," Patterson said. "He faced 21 batters and struck out 15 of them."

Hernandez carried a no-hitter into the final inning. He allowed a weak single to left field.

"He had a two-strike count and threw a changeup," Patterson said. "The kid hit a soft grounder that got behind third and short."

Hernandez struck out the last batter he faced.

Ceres scored its first run in the second inning.

Mario Rueda singled, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Bryson Waring's single and stole home.

The All-Stars tallied their second run in the fifth inning.

Matthew Cardelli singled, advanced all the way to third on Griffin's sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball.

Ceres compiled a 23-5 record this summer.

"I've never been a part of a team like that," Patterson said. "All of the kids got along so well. The chemistry was great."

The All-Stars finished first in four of six tournaments. They won titles in Empire, Dos Palos, Ceres and Los Banos. Ceres placed second in Modesto.

"It didn't matter who we had on the field," Patterson said. "Everybody contributed in one way or another. There was a lot of leaders."

The 2005 squad featured 12 players, including Cardelli, Griffin, Hernandez, Rueda, Waring, Tyler Brenning, Christopher Moscozo, Shea Patterson, Jacob Hackett, Andres Lomeli, Grant Wolff and Adrian Boullion. John Patterson, Jaime Lomeli, Eric Hackett, Rafael Rueda and Mike Lamb coached.

Jake Ellingwood, Jordan Koffler and Dwayne Koffler were added to the team during the final week of the season.

Dwayne Koffler helped coach.

Ellingwood and Jordan Koffler played against the Red All-Stars on July 25. Ellingwood, Koffler and the Ceres Gray All-Stars lost 10-3 to Ceres Red in the championship round of the 35th annual George Costa Baseball Tournament. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier