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Softball team wins without top players
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Senior infielder Heidi Eisenbeis collected two hits and scored one run, and junior pitcher Monica Hall fanned one batter and walked none to lead the Ceres High softball team to a 1-0 victory over Napa on Thursday at the St. Mary's Tournament.

The Bulldogs won despite playing without a host of key players, including shortstop Meghan Franksen, pitcher/outfielder Jennifer Arnold, pitcher/outfielder Kelsey Sayad and outfielder Jordan Nash.

Franksen, Arnold, Sayad and Nash will join the team after they're done playing basketball.

The varsity girls squad claimed Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship at Arco Arena on Saturday. A top-two finish in the section also guaranteed the Bulldogs a berth in the Northern California Regional Playoff Tournament.

"We only had three girls (Eisenbeis, Hall and Heather Russell) with varsity experience playing," said Ceres coach Mike Corsaut "The other girls stepped up and did a fantastic job."

The Bulldogs compiled a 1-0 record at the St. Mary's tourney, which was canceled because of bad weather.

"We would have loved to play the other games too," Corsaut said. "But there was too much rain on Friday."

Eisenbeis had two of Ceres' three hits.

Hall allowed five hits in seven innings.

"She threw strikes," Corsaut said. "And we played really good defense behind her."

Ceres scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Eisenbeis doubled, moved to second on Russell's sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball.

Tourney time

The 14th annual Ceres High softball tournament will be held at Rainbow Fields in Modesto this Thursday and Saturday.

"There's going to be 13 teams between varsity and JV," Corsaut said.

Each team will be guaranteed five games.

Ceres will play Golden Valley at 3 p.m. and Atwater at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will face Benicia, Rio Vista and Gustine.

"We'll start at 8 a.m.," Corsaut said. "The last games are at 12:30 p.m." - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier