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Guerra, CV shut down Lancers
In desperate need of a conference win, Greg Guerra and the Central Valley High School varsity baseball team turned in a near-flawless performance against East Union.

Guerra pitched a complete-game two-hitter and batted 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI to lift the Hawks to a 3-0 victory over the Lancers on Saturday in Ceres.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak that spanned 39 days.

Central Valley squandered a four-run lead en route to an 11-8 loss at East Union on Friday.

The Hawks fell 1-0 and 2-0 to Manteca the previous week.

"We're very relieved," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "It's nice to get back on track. The kid are excited. We hope to battle our way back to .500."

The Hawks improved to 8-10 overall and 2-6 in the Valley Oak League.

The Lancers dropped to 8-11 on the year and 3-6 in conference play.

Guerra had seven strikeouts and just two walks during his 79-pitch outing.

East Union's potent lineup collected a pair of three-run homers the day before.

"When he gets ahead in the count, he's hard to beat because he has a great slider," Magni said. "That's probably the best I've seen him throw. He was very impressive."

Guerra received more than enough run support.

In the bottom of the first inning, David Dart drew a leadoff walk, stole second and sprinted home on Andy Lomeli's line-drive single to right-center field. Lomeli scored on Guerra's single up the middle.

"It was definitely nice to score first," Magni said. "That hasn't happened a lot this season."

In the sixth inning, Frank Hernandez plated William Mestas with a two-out single to right field.

"That was a huge insurance run," Magni said.

The Hawks will face Weston Ranch twice this week. The second game will be played at Central Valley on Thursday (4 p.m.).

"We're going to try to keep winning," Magni said. "We have a lot of games left."