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CHS wins once, CV loses twice
Ceres High School's varsity softball team dropped two of its first three games of the 2012 season.

"We hope to get back on track this week," Bulldogs head coach Donnie Donaldson said.

Host Ceres High lost 12-7 to 2011 Central California Conference champion Merced on Feb. 24.

Bulldog pitcher Kaycee Creek surrendered 13 hits, struck out two and walked four in seven innings. She batted 2-for-3 from the plate and scored three runs.

Cierra Hammons collected one hit and two RBIs.

Angelica Knights, formerly of Central Valley, singled three times.

Ceres High committed four errors on defense.

The Bulldogs lost 7-0 to defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and Valley Oak League champion Sierra on Monday, Feb. 27 in Manteca.

Ceres High kept the game close for five innings.

The Timberwolves scored six runs, four unearned thanks to three Bulldog errors, during the final two innings.

Creek allowed seven hits, fanned one and walked seven.

Visiting Ceres High beat first-year Gregori 7-2 on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Bulldog freshman pitcher Ali Lowman gave up no runs and hits in 42/3 innings. She struck out four and walked two.

Creek doubled twice, singled once and drove in three runs.

Camryn Broumas batted 2-for-2 and scored two runs.

Jessica Ellsworth chipped in with two hits and two runs.

Both of Gregori's runs were unearned as Ceres High made two errors.

Ripon, Beyer

best Central Valley

Central Valley High School's varsity softball team opened the 2012 season with a 14-5 win over Turlock on Feb. 24.

The Hawks suffered back-to-back losses this past week.

"Defensively, we need to improve," Central Valley head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. "But we do see bright spots on offense. We're making solid contact."

The Hawks committed eight errors while losing 12-2 to Ripon on Friday in Ceres.

"They capitalized on our mistakes," Ghimenti said.

Central Valley (1-2) collected just two hits.

Sarah McElroy led the way on offense with one single and one run.

Katie Carpenter singled.

Freshman Lindsey Alexander tallied a run.

McElroy and Lexy Cordova split time at pitcher.

Lexy scattered 10 hits, struck out two and walked five in three innings.

Sarah allowed four hits and struck out two in relief.

Central Valley lost 12-0 at Beyer on Feb. 28.

The Hawks batted just .053 (1-for-19) from the plate with five strikeouts.

Central Valley also made three errors.

Cordova accounted for the Hawks' lone hit, an infield bunt, in the top of the second inning.

McElroy started at pitcher. She gave up 10 runs, eight earned, and 12 hits with four strikeouts.

Cordova yielded two runs and one hit. She had one strikeout.

Dawgs host tourney

Ceres High's home tournament will be held at Rainbow Fields this week.

The Bulldogs will face Weston Ranch (4:30 p.m.) and Summerville (6:15 p.m.) on Thursday and Buhach Colony (5 p.m.) and Modesto High (6:45 p.m.) on Saturday.

The Hawks will play against Modesto Christian ( 1 p.m.) and Lathrop (4:30 p.m.) this Wednesday and Gregori (9:45 a.m.) and Golden Valley (11:30 a.m.) on Saturday.