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CYB celebrates season
Organization concludes season with ceremony
Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization held its closing ceremony for the 2017 recreational season on June 15 at George Costa Ball Field Complex. More than 1,100 boys and girls participated this year. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Trophies and participation awards were passed out during the Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization's closing ceremony on June 15 at George Costa Ball Field Complex.

"The kids were excited," said Joseph Carrillo, vice president of baseball.

More than 1,100 boys and girls, ages 4-18, signed up for the 2017 recreational season.

The league had over 85 teams.

Knights of Columbus and Ceres Teachers Association finished 1-2, respectively, in the Pony Division for baseball.

Ismael Ontiveros Realty, El Mexicano and Wyatt Insurance placed first, second and third in the 11-12 age group.

Vernon Roofing, Ceres Rotary, LBJ Document Service and Primerica took first, second, third and fourth in the 9-10 age group.

Airpath Communications, MTC and Play It Again Sports swept first, second and third in the 8-year-old age group.

The top four teams in the 6-7 age group placed, including SC Construction, La Perla Tapatia, Luxury Limousine and Kiddie Kingdom.

Accident Center claimed the 14-18-year-old division title for softball.

Ceres Fire and Shoob Photography placed second and third, respectively.

Bernal Family captured the 11-13 division championship.
C. Partan Designs and Smile Design Dental placed second and third.

George's Wireless won the 9-10 division championship.

Lisa's Pet Styles and Ring Containers placed second and third.

The top three teams in the 7-8 division placed, including Ceres Teachers, Car Pro and Modern.

Carrillo has been affiliated with CYBS for 12 years.

"The organization is well run," Carrillo said. "It's very challenging. It takes a lot of time and effort. That's why we work closely with the city. We have a good rapport with the police and fire. They sponsor our teams. Our customer base is the kids and future generations."

Thousands gathered on April 29 for the CYBS Opening Day Ceremony.

The organization upgraded all of its scoreboards and purchased two hitting tunnels for the 2017 season.

Final games were played on June 12.

CYBS's leadership team featured 22 people: Carrillo, John Azevedo (President), Gary Wilson (Vice President of Softball), Vicki Wilson (Treasurer), Misty Roton (Secretary), Michael Borges (Custodial of Records), Linda Mathis (Snack Bar Supervisor/Scheduler), Jessica Pittman (Fundraiser Commissioner), Garrett Parsons (Head of Umpires), Brenda Linville (League Registrar), Chris Magdaleno (Equipment Manager), Antone Lopez (Tournament Director), Dima Ferrel (5-6 Girls Commissioner), Nicole Ferrel (7-8 Girls Commissioner), Jason Roton (9-10 Girls Commissioner), Vince Carvajal (11-12 Girls Commissioner), Brian Garfield (14-18 Girls Commissioner), Phil Webb (5 Boys Commissioner), Chuck Weeks (6-7 Boys Commissioner), Adam Borges (8 Boys Commissioner), Jorge Guerrero (9-10 Boys Commissioner) and Carmelo Ramos (Pony Boys Commissioner).

"We always try to provide a safe environment for the kids," Carrillo said. "And we also try to keep the cost down. We haven't raised the cost in four years. We provide the best and safest equipment possible. We're participating in the state-mandated concussion protocol. The high school coaches provide clinics for us every year. We're doing a good job. The different generations keep coming back."

CYBS will offer a Fall Ball League for the second year in a row.

The season will get underway in August.