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Weston Ranch splits in Ceres tourney opener
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Weston Ranch was able to keep its perfect season going through the first meeting of the Ceres Tournament at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank, but perfection stopped there as the Cougars dropped the back end of a twin bill Thursday to tournament host Ceres.

The Cougars cruised to victory over Buhach Colony 8-4, opening the tournament with a five-run first inning. Arianna Hernandez held Buhach in check, striking out seven and walking one in six innings of work. She also held a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI.

Both Naomi Thurman and Alexandria Alvarado went 2-for-4 with Thurman stroking a double. Miranda Holmes finished the contest 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI on two doubles.

The Cougars (4-2) could get nothing going against Ceres, mustering just one hit in the 7-0 shutout.

“Defensively we were strong and really played a great game,” Weston Ranch head coach Janelle Bauer said. “We hit the ball well with 12 hits total as a team, but against Ceres we did not hit the ball.

“We came out flat and did not hit the ball well that second game.”

The Cougars will have a off-day Friday, before returning to tournament action Saturday with games against the Summerville Bears and Modesto Panthers.