CERES — Ceres High waltzed into the championship game of the Art McRae Baseball Tournament on Wednesday with an 11-2 victory over Kimball (Tracy).
The host Bulldogs (20-3) will take on Orestimba (Newman), a 3-2 winner over Rio Vista. Both teams have posted 3-0 marks in tournament. In fact, five teams finished pool play without a loss – co-host Central Valley, Hughson and Excel Academy (Stockton) also were unbeaten – but Ceres and Orestimba advanced by virtue of allowing fewer runs.
Starter Dylan Canatsy and reliever Merrik Price combined to earn the victory, scattering six hits, while Brandon Machado led the offensive surge for the Bulldogs (20-3), going 4-for-4 with a triple and five runs batted in.
The McRae championship is the start of a big stretch for the Bulldogs, who host Sonora for a non-league game on Monday, then host Central Catholic on Monday in the first of a home-and-home series between the league co-leaders. Neither Ceres nor CC have lost a game in Western Athletic Conference play.
Orestimba 3, Rio Vista 2, at Ceres – The Warriors nearly squandered a 3-0 lead but held on to beat the Rams.
Orestimba, which will host Ceres today at 3:30 p.m. for the tourney title, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Starter Dylan Dudley was cruising along until the fifth when he gave up a two-run single – just one of five hits he allowed on the day – to make it 3-2 before he got out of the jam.
“It got real hairy there,” said Orestimba coach Matt Candelario. “Rio Vista’s a scrappy team.”
Dudley finished with 13 strikeouts and one walk.
Sophomore Austin Martins was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while junior Devin Perry was 2-for-4.
In other tournament games, Brookside Christian (Stockton) defeated Waterford 12-8, Excel Academy defeated Riverbank 4-3, Hughson beat Yerington, Nev., 5-4 and Central Valley topped Yerington 4-2.
Dick Windemuth Tournament
Enochs 15, Pitman 6, at Enochs H.S. – The Eagles rallied from a 6-1 deficit, scoring seven runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good and then added five in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Zack Beal,Michael, McGhee and Jacob Cooper-Steadman each went 3-for-4 for Enochs.
Pitman High’s Zach Whichman homered in the game, and would go on to hit another homer in the Pride’s 7-6 loss to Beyer.
Scores from the Modesto pool of the Windemuth tourney: Escalon defeated Modesto 4-1 as the Cougars scored three in the fourth inning to take charge. Modesto’s only run was solo shot in the seventh by Deemitri Guzman; Escalon also beat Modesto Christian 11-1; Gregori defeated Davis 11-3; Ripon beat Davis 7-1.
Tracy won the Modesto pool with a 3-0 record and there was a three-way tie for second between Modesto, Turlock and Escalon, all 2-1. The tiebreaker came down to runs allowed. Modesto yielded seven, Turlock nine and Escalon 15.
MC’s Spencer honored – Modesto Christian girls basketball coach Robb Spencer has been named Northern California’s Coach of the Year by NorCalPreps.com.
Spencer guided the Crusaders (27-8) to the state’s Division 3 championship – the first in the history of the girls program.
“Very unexpected,” said Spencer, who was conducting a K-8 basketball camp at Modesto Christian during spring break. “I only found out about it when one of my (basketball) parents told me about it. I had no clue. To be selected out of all the coaches in Northern California … it kind of leaves me speechless.”
Modesto Christian started the year 0-5, playing some of the best teams in the state, but won 22 of its last 25, including a 39-37 thriller over Florin (Sacramento) in the Sac-Joaquin Section D3 final and a 58-56 come-from-behind victory over Enterprise (Redding) in the Northern California regional final.
The state championship game – a 64-55 victory over Santa Barbara at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena – was almost anticlimactic.
Spencer and his team will be recognized for their achievements during halftime of the 19th annual 6 County All-Star Game on May 2 at Gregori High School. The girls game starts at 6 p.m. – with halftime coming at about 6:45 – and the boys game gets underway at 8.
Rosters released – The rosters for the Lions 41st Central California Lion All-Star Football Game have been announced and 40 of the 60 players hail from the The Bee’s Stanislaus District.
The game will be played June 14 at Tracy High School.
Merced High head coach Rob Scheidt will coach the South stars, while Louis Franklin of Tokay (Lodi) will guide the North squad.
The Lions game is one of the four oldest-running prep football all-star games in California, with the first being held in 1974. Last season, the South won 17-14 behind a strong performance from Downey quarterback Aaron Zwahlen, who was named the game’s MVP.
Scheidt, who guided the Bears to the 2013 Central California Conference titles, is pulling double duty this summer. He’ll also coach the Rotary All-Star game, which will be played June 27 at Golden Valley High School’s Veterans Stadium in Merced.
For complete rosters for the Lions game, click on the link with this story at modbee.com