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CV, CHS suffer softball losses
Central Valley High School's varsity softball team struggled to execute on offense during its first game of the Western Athletic Conference season.

The Hawks left nine runners on base en route to a 10-0 mercy-rule loss at Livingston on Thursday.

Central Valley dropped to 2-7 on the year and 0-1 in the WAC standings.

"It's frustrating we couldn't capitalize," Hawks coach Margo Arzola said. "That's our biggest problem so far. I think it can change but it's up to them."

Mia Lorenzo, Malynda Lomeli and Molly Littmann accounted for Central Valley's three hits on offense.

Sarah McElroy and Lexy Cordova both pitched against the Wolves, who posted a team batting average of .406 (13 of 32) with just three strikeouts.

Cordova relieved McElroy in the bottom of the first inning.

Livingston pitcher Alexxis Louro fanned seven Hawk batters.

Central Valley faced a 3-0 deficit at the end of the first inning.

The Hawks allowed one run in the third inning, two in the fourth and three in the fifth.

"We continuously fall behind," Arzola said. "We're trying to figure out why. Maybe they're putting too much pressure on themselves."

Enochs 10, CHS 8

Ceres High School's varsity softball team battled back from a 5-0 deficit before losing 10-8 to Enochs in non-conference play on Tuesday, March 15 in Modesto.

The Bulldogs proved to be their own worst enemy by committing four errors and issuing five walks.

Five of the Eagles' runs were unearned.

"We're still juggling who our starting infield is going to be," Ceres High head coach Donnie Donaldson said. "We're so young. We haven't gelled."

The Bulldogs dropped to 4-2-1 on the year.

Enochs improved to 6-1-1.

Ceres High pitcher Kaycee Creek allowed 10 runs (five earned), scattered 11 hits and struck out two in defeat. She batted 3-for-4 from the plate with a homer, two doubles, one RBI and three runs.

Jessica Ellsworth (double, three RBIs, one run), Nicolette Mendes (single, two RBIs), Alexis Cummings (single, RBI), Camrynn Broumas (single, two runs), Ryan Norton (single, run) and Cierra Hammons (run) chipped in as well on offense.

Enochs ace Kaitlyn Yerby gave up eight runs (four earned), yielded nine hits and fanned two.

The Eagles seized control with a five-run barrage in the bottom of the second inning. Enochs benefited from three walks, two hits and one error.

The Bulldogs evened the score at 5-all in the top of the third inning. Ellsworth plated Norton, Broumas and Creek with a double to right-center field.

Enochs capitalized on three Bulldog errors en route to building a 10-5 lead before the start of the fourth inning.

"Obviously, we're not happy making that many mistakes and allowing that many runs," Donaldson said. "We're a better team than that. It seemed like we were lost at times."

Ceres High cut the deficit to 10-8 in the final inning.

Mendes' two-out single to center scored Broumas and Creek.

The Bulldogs were supposed to participate in the Lassen tournament last Friday and Saturday.

The event was postponed due to poor weather.

"They were expecting snow," Donaldson said.

Ceres High will play host to Los Banos this Thursday at 4 p.m.