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Varsity, frosh-soph Bulldogs lose
A five-run outburst in the second inning propelled Manteca to a 10-7 win over Ceres High in varsity baseball on Friday at Art McRae Field.

"We had one bad inning," Bulldogs co-coach Brett Durossette said. "We made back-to-back errors. Just one of the runs was earned."

Fourth-place Ceres High dropped to 4-6 in the VOL standings.

The Buffaloes took over sole possession of second place with a 7-3 record.

The Bulldogs are still alive mathematically in the playoff race.

"We have to win out and get some help," Durossette said. "Hopefully, the kids are going to be ready for the challenge."

Ceres High totaled eight hits against Manteca.

Dustin Baisdon and Jonathon Alonzo both went 2-for-4 from the plate. Martino Bertolotti and Tyler Cummings had RBI doubles.

Ceres High's rally fell short in the final inning of play.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the seventh before the Buffaloes secured the victory.

"The kids didn't give up," Durossette said. "They battled."

Frosh-soph Fall

Manteca beat up visiting Ceres High's frosh-soph baseball team 10-0 in Game 1 of their Valley Oak League series on Wednesday.

The host Bulldogs showed marked improvement in losing 8-5 to the Buffaloes during Friday's rematch.

"We're young and we fought back," Ceres coach Jim Pernetti said. "That's the good thing."

Tyler Brenning drove in three runs for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 4-6 in conference play. Mark Schwark contributed two hits and two runs. Brian Naylor had a double and an RBI. Brent Ward batted 1-for-2 with a run batted in. Josh Edwards singled. Matt Cardelli scored once.

A three-run seventh inning helped Ceres High cut the deficit to three.

"I have a great group of kids," Pernetti said. "They work hard. They don't give up."