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Runner-up finish
The Ceres All-Stars had a strong showing at the Bel Passi Pony Division Baseball tournament this past week in Modesto.

The 13-14-year-old CYB team beat four of five opponents on its way to a second-place finish.

"The boys weren't too depressed," head coach Junior Schaefer said. "They had a great tournament compared to how we did at Costa. They played hard."

The All-Stars lost 7-2 to Bel Passi Red in the championship game on Wednesday.

Ceres, which loaded the bases in the first, third and sixth innings, managed to score just two runs.

"We left way too many kids in scoring position," Schaefer said. "We couldn't get big hits when it mattered. We also had three errors that cost us five runs."

Ceres trailed 3-1 at the end of the fifth inning.

The All-Stars allowed four runs in the sixth.

"We had one bad inning," Schaefer said.

Ceres defeated Bel Passi Red 7-5 earlier in the tournament. The All-Stars also topped Bel Passi Blue (10-9), Hart Ransom (9-4) and Ceres Blaze (4-3). Ceres lost to the Blaze and Bel Passi Red while placing third at its home tournament the previous week.

"The boys shouldn't hold their heads down," Schaefer said. "They picked each other up. There was no negativity."

The Ceres Blaze battled back from an early deficit en route to a 9-4 victory over Bel Passi Blue during Wednesday's third-place game.

"The boys performed really well," head coach Randy Brekke said. "They were relaxed and ready to play ball. They were focused."

Tyren Vargas' RBI single evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning. Derek Avila, who reached base on a walk, scored the tying run.

The Blaze never trailed the rest of the way.

Ceres tallied three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, and one in the sixth.

In the fourth inning, Brandon Diaz singled, advanced to second on Andrew Brekke's walk and scored on Josh Pack's hit. The Blaze increased their lead to 5-2 after Brekke and Pack scored on grounders by Avila and Merrik Price.

Ceres totaled six hits in the game. The All-Stars also put the ball in play.

"We made contact and got runs across the plate," Brekke said. "That's been an issue for us."

The Blaze won two of four games at Bel Passi.

Ceres defeated Hart Ranson via tiebreaker. The Blaze were awarded the victory because they had just one strikeout during the game, three less than their opponent. Both teams scored eight runs.