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Prep Playoff Baseball: Short outing for Cesar

STOCKTON -- Trevor Cesar is having a postseason to forget.

The Golden Valley ace struggled for the second straight game as Beyer pounded its way to an 11-1 win in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Monday night at UOP.

Beyer chased Cesar out of the game with seven runs in the first two innings.

"That's how it goes sometimes," said Cesar, who lost for the first time this season -- and previously gave up four runs in just two innings during GV's first-round victory. "They put the ball in play when they had to. We made some errors. They did what good teams do."

The loss sends GV (18-10) into a losers bracket game tonight at 7 p.m. against Stockton St. Mary's. (18-11). Beyer will face Buhach Colony (25-4) in a winners bracket game on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The game started out well for Golden Valley, with Jordan Locking crushing a two-out double off of Beyer ace Kyle Barrett to give GV a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

It was all Beyer after that.

With the game tied 1-1 in the second, Cesar walked back-to-back runners with one out.

Josh Shackelford then doubled in a run and a GV error led to another couple of runs.

Beyer's Blake Barber tacked on another run with a double and Dillon Usiak lined a two-run double down the left-field line.

"I don't think I pitched as bad as the score," Cesar said. "Beyer hit the ball hard and hit it in the right spots."

Suddenly, though, Beyer had a very comfortable 7-1 lead.

"It's not the way we wanted it to go," Golden Valley coach Scott Solis said. "They got some key hits...some key doubles with runners in scoring position. You just have to tip your hat to them. They did well."

Meanwhile, the Golden Valley bats went silent against Barrett.

The senior left-hander gave up just one hit to pick up his second playoff win. Golden Valley failed to take advantage of five walks.

Both of Beyer's playoff wins so far have come via the 10-run mercy rule.

The loss puts GV into do-or-die games the rest of the tournament.

"It's no different than the position we were in last year," Cesar said. "We have to win a few games in a row. We don't have a problem with that. We just have to start scoring some runs."

Solis was undecided who will get the start tonight. However, he did know who would get the call again if his team was still playing on Thursday.

"I'm sure Trevor will be back out there on Thursday if we win," Solis said. "He's still got eight innings left this week. He's due to break out and be himself."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs

BEYER 11, GOLDEN VALLEY 1

At Stockton

GOLDEN VALLEY 100 00 -- 1 1 2

BEYER 160 22 -- 11 9 0

Trevor Cesar, Sergio Gutierrez (3), Joey Cuevas (5) and Alex Fletcher; Kyle Barrett and Dillon Usiak. WP - Barrett. LP - Cesar.

GOLDEN VALLEY -- Jordan Locke (2B, RBI).

BEYER -- Josh Young 2-3, Blake Barber 2-2 (2B, 2 RBI), Vincent Roberts (HR, 2 RBI), Usiak (2B, 2 RBI), Mason Ankeney (2B), Josh Shackeford 2-3 (2B, 3B, 3 RBI).

Records: Golden Valley 18-10; Beyer 22-7.

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