Ceres High overcame four errors to keep its perfect conference baseball record intact with a 5-4 victory over Los Banos.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Alan Marquez stayed on the mound for the complete game, striking out seven Tigers.
“He’s been very resilient this year. He’s pretty good up to the mid-90s as far as pitch count,” Ceres coach John Bussard said. “He was getting close to that, so we had somebody ready to go in. But he’s been a workhouse for us all year.”
A three-run fourth inning gave Ceres (14-3, 7-0 Western Athletic Conference) what it needed, with Marquez, Brett Conway and Merrik Price each hitting RBI doubles. But after the Tigers (7-5, 2-3) failed to get a base runner in the first three innings, Ceres helped them to two runs on two singles and two errors in the bottom of the fourth.
“We had a very shoddy practice yesterday,” Bussard said. “The prom was this past weekend, so the kids came out very tired.”
Ceres opened the scoring in the third with a Brandon Machado RBI single, and added another in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Izaiah Hernandez.
The Bulldogs bounced back from a throwing error in the bottom of the sixth to get out unscathed, and put down LB’s No. 7, 8 and 9 batters cleanly in the bottom of the seventh to stay undefeated in WAC play.