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A productive summer for CV varsity baseball team
CV compiles 7-5 record under new head coach Derrick Goblirschs guidance
Joseph Montalvo contributed at pitcher during Central Valley High Schools summer baseball season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Promoted to head coach of Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team following the conclusion of the 2013 season, two-year assistant Derrick Goblirsch assumed the leadership role this summer.

"It was different," Goblirsch said. "I enjoyed it. I have more responsibilities now. There are so many more things to think about. And that's just summer ball. Former coach (Greg Magni) did so much."

Goblirsch carried 23 players on his roster, including top varsity returnees Michael Ereso, Raul Godinez and Michael Collins. Johnny Ochoa, Joseph Montalvo and Joseph Zuniga, standouts at the JV level in 2013, also contributed.

The Hawks compiled a 7-5 record.

Central Valley tied for second place in its pool at Downey High School's Hampson tournament.

The Hawks won two of four games.

Central Valley beat Beyer and Buhach Colony.

The Hawks lost to Golden Valley and Patterson.

Central Valley played a total of 12 games this summer.

The Hawks topped Grace Davis and Orestimba twice, and Beyer, Hughson and Buhach Colony once.

Goblirsch had to share some of his players with other sports teams, including football, soccer and basketball.

"I'm happy with how they did," he said. "My goal was to get as many guys out there and get better each game. A lot of the older guys weren't there for some of the games because of conflicting schedules. They had other things going on."

Richard Mickelson assisted Goblirsch throughout the summer.

Derrick and Richard both played baseball at Ceres High School. Goblirsch was a freshman when Mickelson was a junior.

"He was there for every game," Derrick said. "He helped out a lot."

Central Valley made history this past spring by advancing to the playoffs for the first time in program history under Magni's guidance. The Hawks posted a 19-9 record and placed third in the Western Athletic Conference standings (6-6). Central Valley bested Ceres High 9-5 for the Ceres Lions Club/Art McRae tournament title.

"I'm definitely excited for the season," Goblirsch said. "I can't wait until it gets here. Hopefully, we keep the success going."