The Ceres Blaze 10-and-under travel baseball team lost a pair of games by a combined three runs while competing at 2022 Pony Baseball Mustang West Zone-NorCal Central Region Tournament this past week in Los Alamitos.
Eight teams battled for the title and trip to the World Series.
Orange (Calif.) won the championship.
San Diego took second.
“It’s tough to go all the way there and lose,” Blaze head coach David Rubio said. “We wish we were still playing. Obviously, the caliber of teams there was different. Overall, we’re proud of the boys and what they accomplished. They battled. We felt like we could have won both games. We hope to run it back next year. We know what to expect and work on.”
Ceres dropped its tournament opener, 10-8, to eventual runner-up San Diego on July 21.
“They were a really good team,” Rubio said. “They didn’t make mistakes.”
Apple Valley eliminated Ceres with a 9-8 victory on July 22.
“They hit,” Rubio said. “We hit. They just had more timely hits.”
The Blaze have accomplished a lot this season.
Ceres advanced to the Pony West Zone Tournament.
The Blaze compiled a 4-0 record en route to a first-place finish at the Pony Super Regional Tournament July 12-18 at Costa Fields.
Ceres won the Firework Frenzy title June 25-26 in Ripon.
The Blaze took second at a tournament in Irvine.
Ceres (10-2) had the second-best record during the TPR spring season.
The Blaze will cap off their 2022 campaign in August.
“We’re going to play in another tournament,” Rubio said. “We’ll go up to 11s in the fall.”
The Blaze are coached by Rubio, Wes Stamper, Lino Toste and Sammy Huerta.
Ceres’ roster consists of 14 players: Jionni Lawrence, Brayden Toste, Christian Rubio, Lorenzo Beltran, Liam Stamper, Colton Mahaney, Dominic Rojas, Easton Harman, Elijah Sosa, Gio Garibay, Jose Valenzuela, Leon Huerta, Myles Guernsey and Vander Stice.
“We have a good group of kids,” coach Rubio said. “A lot of the kids get their own hitting and pitching lessons.”
The Ceres Earthquakes White under-13 boys competitive soccer team traveled to Sacramento earlier this month to compete at the Placer YSL Silver Cup.
Ceres placed fourth at the eight-team tournament, staged July 16-17, at the Cherry Island Sports Complex.
“It was a tough weekend of soccer,” co-head coach Nick Narayan said. “I’m happy with the results considering the circumstances. We had a few players battling injuries. We had a few guys go down during the tournament. We did the best we could with what we had.”
The Earthquakes White compiled a 2-2 record at the Silver Cup.
Santa Rosa Athletico topped Ceres 3-1 for third-place on July 17.
“We weren’t 100 percent going into the game,” said Narayan, whose team beat Santa Rosa 3-1 in the finals of the Endless Summer Classic on June 26 in Lathrop. “Injuries took a toll on our team.”
Ceres edged Pittsburg 2-1 on July 17.
The Earthquakes won one of their two games on July 16.
Ceres opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Sierra Nevada.
“We came out of the gate strong,” Narayan said.
The Earthquakes White suffered a 6-0 loss while competing against the Reno Tigers.
“We got beat by a better team,” Narayan said.
Ceres improved its overall record to 7-3.
The Earthquakes White amassed a 3-0 record on their way to a first-place finish at the Endless Summer Classic.
Ceres outscored its opponents, 10-1.
The Earthquakes White took fifth with a 2-1 mark at June 5-6 Palo Alto Summer Tall Trees Tournament.
Adrian Aguilar, Robert Delgado, Nicholas Dellamar, Deangelo Gamboa-Terra, Josiah Gonzalez, Bryan Gutierrez, Armando Gutierrez, Diego Gutierrez, Kyle Mitts, Nikhiel Narayan, Levi Rodriguez, Mahvon Smith, Izaiah Valdez, Aayden Vang, Elijah Wasiewicz and Evon Castillo make up Ceres’ team roster.
The Earthquakes White are coached by Nick Narayan and Matthew Terra.
“No matter what obstacle the kids face, they find a way to get through it,” coach Narayan said.