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Top-four finish for Bulldogs
Ceres High School's summer baseball team won three of five games en route to a top-four finish at the Lee Hampson Tournament this past week in Modesto.

"I'm ecstatic for the kids," Bulldogs head coach John Bussard said. "I just don't think people realize how young we are. A good portion of our team are incoming freshmen."

Ceres High finished in first place in Pool B with a 3-1 record.

The Bulldogs topped Ripon Christian 15-8 and Downey 13-3 on Wednesday, and Merced 4-2 on Saturday. Ceres High lost 1-0 to Los Banos on Friday.

"We beat some quality teams," Bussard said.

Eventual-champion Escalon eliminated Ceres High from the tournament. The Cougars won the semifinal showdown, 11-1, on Saturday at Oakdale High School.

Against Ripon Christian, David Page tallied nine strikeouts while tossing five innings of relief.

Jimbo Pernetti belted a three-run homer.

Brandon Machado collected two hits.

Haydon Turpin pitched a complete game against Downey. He had six strikeouts.

Turpin batted 2-for-3 from the plate.

Devon Ruger had a two-run homer.

Johnny Medeiros chipped in with two hits.

Pernetti homered on offense and tallied five strikeouts while pitching against Merced.

Turpin had four strikeouts in relief.

Medeiros crushed a two-run homer.

Brett Conway pitched a gem of a game versus Los Banos. Conway struck out six batters.

The Bulldogs mustered just three hits.

Turpin, Page and Jimmy Bates all singled.

The Bulldogs committed five errors during their loss to Escalon.

Ceres High starting pitcher Brent Bussard allowed just one earned run through five innings.

The Bulldogs collected no hits after Turpin led off the game with a single.

"We had some good at-bats," coach Bussard said.

Ceres High (10-5) will play in the Vermulen Tournament this week at Beyer High School.

Hawks fifth in Pool B

Central Valley finished fifth in Pool B of the Hampson tourney last week.

"I'm happy with our development," Hawks head coach Greg Magni said. "We're much better than we were three weeks ago."

Central Valley compiled a 1-2-1 record at the 21-team event and improved to 1-9-2 on the season.

The Hawks beat Ripon Christian (9-8) and tied Merced (7-7).

Central Valley lost to Enochs (12-2) and Downey (10-3).

Ruben Casas led the way on offense with five hits, including a two-run triple.

Cody Chesney collected six hits and four runs.

The Hawks will play at Grace Davis today at 3 p.m.