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CHS improves its crosstown record to 10-0
Ceres High's and Central Valley's varsity softball teams faced off for the 10th time this past week.

The Bulldogs won Thursday's meeting 5-0 and kept their perfect record against the Hawks intact.

Ceres High's Ryan Norton, Kaycee Creek, Taiylor Sakurada and Cierra Hammons, and Central Valley's Jessica Berndt, Alyssa Meshach and Vicky Ochoa posed for pictures with Bulldogs' head coach Donnie Donaldson after the game.

Norton, Creek, Sakurada, Hammons, Berndt, Meshach and Ochoa are former Tri County Smash travel softball teammates. Donaldson founded the organization.

"If they're over there with us, that's a section championship team," Donaldson said while pointing in the direction of Ceres High School. "You can what-if forever."

The Bulldogs improved to 7-5-1 overall and 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The Hawks dropped to 0-7 in league play.

Ceres High and Central Catholic (3-4) are battling for the WAC's final playoff berth.

Patterson (6-0) and Los Banos (5-1) sit in first and second place, respectively.

Creek pitched a complete game versus Central Valley. The right-handed junior scattered eight hits with seven strikeouts.

The Hawks used two different pitchers,including Ochoa.

Vicky gave up three runs (two earned) and five hits with four strikeouts over four innings.

"It was pretty competitive in the beginning," Ochoa said. "We just needed to step up on defense and not make as many errors. We tried to beat them but didn't pull through."

Scoreless through two innings, Central Valley self-imploded by committing five errors the rest of the way.

The Hawks also stranded eight runners on base, including three in the seventh inning, two in both the fourth and second and one in the sixth.

"I had a lot of concerns today because they almost beat (first-place) Patterson," said Norton, who's never lost to Central Valley during her four-year varsity career. "A lot of my friends also play on that team and I know they really want to beat us. It feels great knowing every time we played Central Valley, we won. I didn't want to be on the team that ended the streak."