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CV falters after impressive start
After opening the season with a 6-1 victory over Hilmar on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Central Valley High School varsity baseball standout Martin Gomez was confident his team would be able to produce similar results against Franklin and Waterford.

"I thought we'd win both games," he said.

The Hawks blew an eight-run lead in a 9-8 defeat Wednesday at Franklin and suffered a 12-1 loss Friday to visiting Waterford.

"The last 10 innings we've played, we've been outscored 20-1," Hawks head coach Greg Magni said. "Offensively, nothing's happening. We're not executing. We're striking out too much. We're just not putting the ball in play.

"It's early. We don't want to overreact but at the same time there's some cause for concern for our overall approach to the game."

"We're a lot better team than what we showed," Gomez said. "We got to stop playing scared."

Central Valley batted just .154 as a team (4-for-26) with five strikeouts against Waterford.

Martin tripled and drove in a run. Greg Guerra went 2-for-4. Rick Rogers scored a run. Cameron Maye singled.

"We just never got it going offensively," Magni said.

Brian Creek, Greg Guerra and Cameron Maye, Central Valley's pitching staff, combined to surrender 13 hits and 11 earned runs over seven innings. Creek was tagged with the loss.

The Wildcats tallied three runs in the top of the first inning, three in the third, two in the fourth and four in the seventh.

"We got hammered," Magni said.

The Hawks prevented the shutout in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rogers was awarded first base after getting hit in the back by a pitch. Gomez's triple to right field scored Rick.

Franklin defeated Central Valley on the strength of a late rally. The Hawks were outscored 9-0 in the final two-and-a-half innings.

Jess Covarruvias led the Yellowjackets with a double, run and five RBIs. Bear Covarruvias, Richie Rhoades and Andy Rodriguez all drove in one run.

Rogers led the Hawks with two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Adrian Sandoval batted 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. William Mestas went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Guerra, Garrett Riley and Scott Block had one RBI apiece. Gomez, Chris Mullan, Jovan Trejo and Frank Martins all scored once for Central Valley.

Against Hilmar, Mullan homered, Rogers batted 2-for-4 with two runs and Guerra singled, scored once and collected an RBI.

Gomez pitched a complete-game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and one walk. He also helped his own cause, finishing 2-for-3 from the plate with three RBIs.

"I just went out there and threw my game," Martin said. "I didn't try to do too much."