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CV opens WAC campaign with two-game sweep of Patterson
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team played flawless defense against Patterson last week.

The Hawks committed no errors during their home-and-away sweep of the Tigers.

"That's the reason we won," head coach Greg Magni said. "We didn't make any mistakes."

Central Valley opened the WAC season with a 4-3 victory over Patterson on Wednesday in Ceres.

Senior Chris Moscozo pitched a complete game. He gave up three runs, allowed four hits and struck out seven in seven innings.

"Last year, he had trouble throwing strikes," Magni said. "He's seemed to solve the problem this season. He's more confident."

The Hawks plated the winning run with no outs in bottom of the seventh inning.

David Dart led off with a single, moved to second on Andy Lomeli's hit, advanced to third on Ryan Walters' walk and scored on a wild pitch.

Central Valley players poured out of the dugout to celebrate the hard-fought victory.

"There was a mixture of relief and excitement," Magni said. "We almost let it get away."

The Hawks squandered a 3-0 lead after senior slugger/catcher Scott Myatt was ejected in the third inning for an aggressive slide at home plate.

"For us to do what we did without him is big for our team's confidence," Magni said. "He's been our best player."

Southpaw Jeremy Lasater surrendered just four hits and fanned eight batters in Central Valley's 3-2 triumph over the host Tigers on Thursday. He retired the side in order in the last two innings.

"We're excited to have someone step up," Magni said. "He didn't even pitch last year. He's a vital part of this team now. We didn't expect him to be this good. Hopefully, he can keep it up."

The contest was decided in extra innings.

Lasater drew a walk with one out in the top of the eighth inning, stole second and scored on Kristian Olsen's single to right-center field.

Ethan Cundiff returned from the flu and started in place of Myatt, who had to serve a one-game suspension for being ejected earlier in the week.

"He did a great job back there," Magni said.

Central Valley notched its fourth straight win.

The Hawks improved to 6-4 on the year and 2-0 in conference play.

"Every game has been tight," Magni said. "I might need some heartburn pills by the end of the season."

Central Valley will face defending WAC champion Central Catholic this week.

The Hawks traveled to Modesto on Tuesday and will play host to the Raiders on Friday.

"Obviously, it's going to be a challenge," Magni said.