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CV matches last season's victory total
Central Valley High School's varsity softball team equaled last year's Valley Oak League victory total by winning one of its first two games of this season.

"This year, there's even more potential," Hawks' head coach Veronica Giddens said. "They just need to get a little more confidence in themselves and stop making mistakes."

Sophomore pitcher Vicky Ochoa gave up three hits and struck out 11 in Central Valley's 7-2 romp of host Weston Ranch on Friday.

"We're having more fun this year," said Ochoa, who was a member of the 2008 squad that finished 1-13 in conference play. "We're all really close."

The Hawks totaled seven hits against the Cougars. Sophomore first baseman Jessica Berndt batted 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ochoa doubled and knocked in two runs. Jayme Sprague collected two singles. Alyssa Meshach, Jazmin Castillo and Alicia Yori also singled.

The Hawks scored two runs in both the first and second innings, and three in the top of the sixth.

Sierra edges CV

The Hawks fell short in their upset bid, losing 3-2 to Sierra in a VOL season opener last Wednesday in Ceres.

"We did well," Giddens said. "I'm not surprised. I thought we'd beat them."

Ochoa pitched a complete game. She yielded one earned run and five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

"Vicky hit her spots," Giddens said.

Gabby Hawkins, Sierra's ace pitcher, scattered seven hits and fanned nine.

Meshach tripled, scored once and collected an RBI. Long and Castillo both singled and drove in a run. Victoria Bevan added a run. Berndt, Sprague and Alexandra Serna singled.

The Hawks stranded runners on base late in the game.

"I knew it would be competitive," Ochoa said. "We could have done better."

Central Valley (3-8 overall) play at Manteca High today and host to Oakdale this Friday. Both games get underway at 4 p.m.