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CV baseball struggles
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team manufactured runs on offense, played near-perfect defense and received solid outings from multiple pitches during its four-game winning streak earlier this year.

The Hawks totaled just eight hits and made six errors while being shut out twice by Livingston in Western Athletic Conference play last week.

Central Valley dropped to 6-7 overall and 2-4 in the league standings.

"We're not hitting or playing defense right now," head coach Greg Magni said. "Our pitching has been fine. When you can only do one of those things right, you're not going to win many games. A lot of it is lack of concentration."

The Hawks suffered their fourth straight loss on Friday, falling 5-0 to visiting Livingston in Game of their WAC series.

Central Valley had just as many errors as hits.

The Hawks batted 5-for-24 (.208) from the plate as a team.

"We made the same plays when we were winning," Magni said while talking about his team's defensive struggles. "They could be feeling the pressure of us not scoring."

Host Livingston shut out Central Valley 4-0 on Wednesday.

The Hawks collected just three hits in 23 at-bats.

The Hawks will face Los Banos twice this week. Central Valley will play host to the Tigers today and at LB on Friday. Both games begin at 4 p.m.

JV Hawks show heart

Central Valley High School's junior-varsity baseball team salvaged a split with Livingston in Western Athletic Conference play last week.

The previously-winless Hawks battled back for a 15-14 victory over the Wolves on Friday in Ceres.

Central Valley faced a 14-11 deficit heading into the final inning.

The Hawks (1-5) scored the winning run with one out as Austin Burns raced home on Christian Schneider's bunt.

"My team showed a lot of character," head coach Greg Manning said. "They blew us out 12-2 on Wednesday. It was a big turnaround for us."