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CV baseball bounces back after rough outing
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Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team played five non-league games in six days last week.

The Hawks (6-8-1) wrapped up their spring break with a 2-1 victory over Riordan Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

"It was very nice to get that winning feeling back," head coach Greg Magni said. "We had a horrible showing at the Windemuth tournament."

Central Valley ace Martin Gomez allowed just one run while scattering four hits with six strikeouts and five walks. The right-handed junior worked out of bases-loaded jams in the sixth and seventh innings. He struck out the final batter on a 2-2 curveball and induced a groundout in the sixth.

"He kept his pitch count really low so it afforded him to finish the game," Magni said.

The Hawks totaled three hits against the 11-5 Crusaders of the Western Catholic Athletic League.

Greg Guerra had an RBI. Rick Rogers singled and scored a run. Adrian Sandoval scored once. Israel Trevino and Luis Rodriguez both singled.

"We scored two runs on three errors in the first inning," Magni said. "We had opportunities later in the game but they shored up their defense and had really good pitching."

The non-conference meeting also served as a homecoming for Magni, who graduated from nearby Junipero Serra High School.

"My mom works at that school (Riordan)," Greg said. "They're also in the same league that I played in when I was in high school. It was a great experience for the kids to see how baseball is in other areas."

Central Valley had a less-than-stellar showing at the 39th Annual Dick Windemuth Easter Baseball Tournament, held March 24-28 in Modesto.

The Hawks amassed one tie and three losses.

Trevino, Guerra, Rogers and Gomez led the way on offense.

Israel went 7-for-14 with a double and three runs.

Guerra batted 5-for-12 with two doubles, two runs and six RBIs.

Rick Rogers finished 4-for-12 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.

Gomez tallied two singles, a triple, four runs and three RBIs.

Central Valley and Redwood Christian battled to a 7-7 tie on March 25.

The Hawks lost 5-4 to Enochs on March 24, 5-2 to Grace Davis on March 26 and 13-2 to Downey on March 27.

Central Valley will play against Valley Oak League rival Manteca on the road today and at home on Friday. Both contests begin at 4 p.m.

"We have to treat every game like it's a playoff game because our league is so tough from top to bottom," Magni said.

The Hawks opened conference play with a split against 2007 playoff participant Sonora.