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Softball team first in own tournament
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Monica Hall pitched a perfect game with five strikeouts and drove in two runs as the Ceres High varsity softball team routed Rio Vista 14-0 in its final game of the 14th annual Ceres Softball Tournament at Rainbow Fields on Saturday.

Hall and the Bulldogs finished first in a field of six with a 4-0-1 record at their own tournament. Golden Valley and Benicia placed second and third, respectively.

Ceres (5-0-1) took home a plaque and individual trophies. When it came time to select a tourney MVP, coach Mike Corsaut recognized his entire team because everybody contributed.

"I believe in the team concept," he said. "I don't believe in the me concept."

Hall, Jennifer Arnold and Kelsey Sayad, Ceres' three pitchers, made the all-tournament team. They posted five shutouts.

"They didn't give up a single run," Corsaut said.

Rio Vista's pitching staff gave up 14 runs on 11 hits, seven walks and six hit batsmen. Starter Vera Wright allowed six runs on five hits, four walks and two hit batsmen. Reliever Amanda Duran surrendered eight runs on six hits, four hit batsmen and three walks.

"Pleasantly pleased with how the team played," Corsaut said.

"People just stepped up."

Meghan Franksen, Heidi Eisenbeis, Jennifer Arnold and Crystal Goblirsch led the way. Franksen homered, scored four runs and had three RBIs. Eisenbeis and Arnold both had two RBIs. Goblirsch scored twice.

The Bulldogs broke the game open with four runs in the first inning.

Franksen homered.

Eisenbeis and Jordan Nash scored on Arnold's double to left field.

Heather Russell accounted for Ceres' final run. Jessica Hunter picked up the RBI.

Ceres extended its lead to six in the second inning.

Goblirsch scored from third on Hall's bloop single to center field. Franksen scored on Nash's groundout.

The Bulldogs tallied four runs in both the third and fourth innings.

In the third inning, Arnold reached first and moved to second on an error, advanced to third on Hunter's groundout, and scored on a failed pickoff attempt. Taryn Hansen singled, and Goblirsch and Franksen walked to load the bases. Hansen scored after Hall was hit by a pitch. With one out in the inning, Eisenbeis lined a two-run single to left. Goblirsch and Franksen both scored.

In the fourth inning, Jenna Staggs singled, moved to third on Hunter's single and scored after Franksen was hit by a pitch when the bases were loaded. Hall knocked in Hunter from third with a single to center. Sayad and Heather Silva also had an RBI.

Sayad pitched a complete-game shutout against Gustine on Saturday afternoon. The senior allowed just two hits in leading the Bulldogs to an 8-0 victory over the Redskins. The game lasted five innings.

Franksen went 2-for-2 with a triple and two runs.

Hall went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs.

Nash had three RBIs.

Eisenbeis had a triple and scored two runs.

Russell went 2-for-3.

The Bulldogs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and four in the fourth.

Arnold allowed just two hits during Ceres' 5-0 win over Atwater on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs collected eight hits.

Franksen went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs

Hall went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs.

Russell went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Ceres scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and three in the third.

The Bulldogs played twice on Wednesday. They defeated Golden Valley 4-0 and tied Benicia 0-0.

Hall pitched against Benicia. She allowed just three hits and fanned five batters in six innings.

Eisenbeis and Franksen each had a hit for the Bulldogs.

Benicia threatened to score in the second and sixth innings. Hall got out of a bases loaded jam twice.

Arnold allowed just three hits, struck out three and walked one in six innings and Eisenbeis went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in leading Ceres to a 4-0 win over Golden Valley.

Goblirsch went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI.

Arnold and Franksen singled and scored once.

Ashley Garrett drove in one run.

Ceres scored twice in the top of the third inning and once in both the fourth and fifth innings.

The Bulldogs play at Grace Davis High School today at 3:30 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier