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CV deals Patterson its first conference loss
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Central Valley High School's varsity baseball squad knocked off one of the hottest teams in the Western Athletic Conference last week.

The visiting Hawks blanked previous-unbeaten Patterson 6-0 on Thursday.

The two teams totaled nine errors, including four by the Tigers in the momentum-swaying sixth inning.

"We put pressure on their defense and they helped us out by making a couple of mistakes," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said.

The Hawks (2-4) tied for fifth place with Livingston during the first half of the WAC season.

First-place Patterson and Central Catholic had identical marks (5-1).

Magni assessed his team's overall performance for its first six games.

"Our pitching was pretty solid," he said. "Our offense was average. Our defense was poor. That's what cost us a better record."

The Hawks broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning thanks in large part to Patterson's struggles. Central Valley brought 11 batters to the plate, totaled four hits and tallied six runs.

Michael Ereso, Jef Cundiff and Alex Lomeli scored on infield errors.

Ruben Casas and Fabian Valencia scored on Anthony Amifar's flyball, which was dropped by Patterson's centerfielder.

Valencia, Central Valley's sixth batter of the inning, drove in Raul Godinez with an infield single. Godinez reached base on a bunt.

Hawk teammate Michael Ereso singled twice.

"That's happened to us a few times," Magni said while talking about Patterson's defensive letdown.

Central Valley junior Ruben Casas shined on the mound. He yielded no runs and just four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.

"Ruben had his best game," Magni said. "He threw strikes. He was aggressive. He pitched through our mistakes."

Casas, Lomeli and Cundiff all scored one run on offense.

Ereso batted 2-for-3 with one run.

Valencia singled twice and scored once.

Cody Chesney drove in one run.

Godinez chipped in with a single and a run.

Central Valley totaled five hits and six errors on its way to an 11-1 loss to third-place Los Banos on Wednesday in Ceres.

Casas accounted for the Hawks' lone run.

Amirfar doubled.

Valencia, Cundiff, Ryan Walters and Sidney Long all singled.

Lomeli, Central Valley's starting pitcher, exited the game before the start of the fifth inning. He gave up six runs, four earned, scattered seven hits, fanned three and walked none.

Valencia replaced Lomeli. Fabian surrendered five runs (three earned) and five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings of relief.

Los Banos scored in every inning except the top of the fifth.

The Tigers pounded 12 hits and committed just one error.

Central Valley will play host to Livingston on April 18 and at Ceres High on April 20.

Both games will get underway at 4 p.m.