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Sizzle 16-and-under squad qualifies for NSA Western World Series
Ceres finishes first at state tournament
The Ceres Sizzle 16-and-under competitive softball team finished in first place at the California State Championship tournament, held July 4-6, at George Costa Ball Field Complex in Ceres. Ceres will participate in the NSA Western World Series this week.

The Ceres Sizzle departed for Las Vegas on Monday.
The 16-and-under travel softball team qualified for the NSA Western World Series.
The Sizzle advanced after capturing the California State Championship earlier this month at the George Costa Ball Field Complex.
“I have high expectations for them,” head coach Dima Ferrel said.
Seeded sixth, Ceres compiled a 7-2 record at the state tournament.
The Sizzle won five of their final seven games, including three in a row to stave off elimination.
“Our girls never quit,” Ferrel said.
Ceres (16-5-1) played nine games in a three-day span.
Facing a must-win situation, the Sizzle topped the Central Cal Outlawz of Visalia twice (10-7, 5-2) on July 6 to capture the title.
Ceres avenged a pair of losses.
“We were aggressive at the plate,” Ferrel said.
Ceres battled back from a 4-0 deficit en route to a 10-7 win over Central Cal.
The Sizzle edged the Outlawz, 5-2, during the tournament finale.
Ceres pitcher Maddy Gambini scattered eight hits and struck out seven in seven innings.
Valaree Gonzalez knocked in two runs and scored once. Alexis Flores chipped in with one double, one RBI and one run. Ariel Knights had an RBI double. Bryana Lopez plated one run. Destiny Guerrero and Yescenia Godinez collected one single and one run each. Shania Cisneros tallied one run.
Ariel (shortstop) and Destiny (second baseman) turned double plays in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
Godinez’s game-sealing catch in center field set off a wild celebration.
“Everybody was screaming,” Ferrel said.
The Sizzle lost 8-3 to the Outlawz on July 6. Central Cal topped Ceres 5-1 on July 4.
The Western World Series will be staged, July 17-20.