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CV matches last year's win total
Central Valley High School's varsity softball team had a respectable 1-2 showing at the Turlock Tournament last week.

"The girls did really well," head coach Veronica Giddens said.

On Saturday, the Hawks edged Denair 5-4 in extra innings for their first victory of the 2008 season. Central Valley tallied just one win during its inaugural year.

The tiebreaker rule was put into effect after the two teams battled to a 3-3 tie through seven innings.

The Coyotes took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth.

In the bottom half of the inning, Central Valley's Taylor Cruz scored all the way from second to tie the game after Jessica Berndt's grounder was fielded and thrown high to first by Denair's shortstop. Berndt moved to second on the blunder and attempted to steal third. The catcher's pickoff throw sailed into left field, allowing Jessica to score the game-winning run.

"We worked hard and won," Giddens said.

Tiffany Reeves, Central Valley's relief pitcher, earned the victory. She gave up three hits and struck out two batters in four innings.

Starter Alisha Diaz allowed two hits with five strikeouts.

The Hawks collected five hits against the Coyotes. Cruz doubled. Berndt, Alyssa Long, Melissa Gonzales and Kassandra Yori singled.

Central Valley squandered a two-run lead and stranded five runners on base during its 5-3 loss to Turlock Saturday morning.

"We should have beat them," Giddens said.

Turlock, which left just one runner on base, scored four runs in the fifth inning and one in the seventh.

Central Valled led 2-0 at the end of the fourth inning.

Reeves pitched a complete game for the Hawks. She allowed four hits with one strikeout over seven innings.

Yori accounted for two of Central Valley's seven hits. She tripled and singled.

Cruz, Berndt, Crystal Gutierrez, Jazmin Castillo and Kiana Lallana singled.

The Hawks dropped their tournament opener, 8-2, to the Calaveras Redskins on Friday.

Diaz and Reeves both pitched.

Alisha started. She lasted 31/3 innings.

Tiffany logged 12/3 innings of relief.

Central Valley totaled five hits.

Gonzales batted 2-for-2 from the plate.

Berndt doubled. Gutierrez and Cruz singled.