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Sweet redemption
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team upset crosstown-rival Ceres High twice last month.

Senior pitcher Dustin Baisdon and the Bulldogs earned a measure of revenge on Wednesday by finishing off the Western Athletic Conference season with an 8-1 win over the host Hawks.

"We had a lot of motivation going in," he said. "They swept us earlier this season. We underestimated them. This time, we took them more serious."

The Bulldogs finished in third place in the WAC standings (9-6) and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Playoffs. Ceres High last participated in the postseason in 2002.

"It's definitely special," Baisdon said. "We haven't made it during my four years. Hopefully, we start a trend."

The Bulldogs had a playoff berth locked up prior to competing against the Hawks (5-10, fifth place).

"They didn't have to start their ace pitcher," Central Valley senior hurler Chris Moscozo said. "I respect them for trying their hardest. They earned it."

Moscozo lasted just 12/3 innings against Ceres High.

He surrendered six runs, two earned, and five hits with one strikeout and six walks.

The Hawks also made four errors on defense.

"I helped them out a lot by not throwing strikes," said Moscozo, who admitted he was nervous because it was his final high school game. "We really wanted to win."

Baisdon tallied seven strikeouts and just two walks while pitching a complete game. He yielded just one run and seven hits.

"We got up early and didn't let down," said Dustin, who also scored and singled twice on offense. "I was throwing strikes and my defense played well. Everything was working."

The Bulldogs held a commanding 7-0 lead at the end of the third inning.

Ceres High scored four runs-three unearned- in the second inning. The Bulldog brought 10 batters to the plate.

Central Valley tallied its lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Moscozo singled to left and scored on Frank Hernandez's hit to center.

The Hawks totaled seven hits.

Myatt doubled and singled.

Ruben Casas had two singles.

Moscozo, Hernandez and Lomeli all singled.

Moscozo, Myatt, Hernandez, Lomeli, Shaun Chisholm, David Dart, Jeremy Lasater and Kristian Olsen, Central Valley's eight senior players, were recognized before the game.

The Bulldogs collected 11 hits.

Matt Cardelli batted 3-for-5 with three runs.

Tyler Cummings finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

Brent Ward chipped in with one single, one RBI and two runs.

Brandon Arevalos had a single and an RBI.

Jonathan Medeiros added a sacrifice fly.

Jimbo Pernetti and Nick Welsh both singled.

Ceres High will participate in the playoffs on Friday at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

The third-seeded Bulldogs will face off against Valley Oak League No. 1 seed and defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Oakdale in the opening round

The contest will get underway at 7 p.m.

"Oakdale is known for being solid all the way around," Baisdon said. "It should be a great game."

Added Moscozo: "Ceres High has one of the best teams in the area. I really hope they do well and go a long ways."