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Hawk pitcher dominates again
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team got another quality outing from pitcher Martin Gomez.

The right-handed senior scattered five hits, allowed one earned run and struck out 12 in a complete-game, 6-2 victory over Manteca in Game 1 of their Valley Oak League series on Tuesday, March 24 in Ceres.

"He used all of his pitches well and changed speeds," head coach Greg Magni said.

The Hawks posted a team-batting average of .333 (8-for-25) with a triple, a double and four singles against the Buffaloes.

Gomez finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Greg Guerra had a double, a run and an RBI.

Brian Creek collected two RBIs.

Israel Trevino drove in a run, scored once and singled.

Scott Myatt chipped in with a single and an RBI in two at-bats.

Central Valley pushed one run across the plate in the bottom of the first inning, three in the third and two in the fourth.

The Hawks made six errors during Thursday's 10-9, Game 2 loss to host Manteca.

"It's hard to explain," Magni said. "We work on defense every day at practice."

With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 2-2 in the VOL standings.

Central Valley wasted a 13-hit performance.

Guerra almost hit for the cycle. He tripled, doubled, singled and knocked in three runs.

"And he pitched well in relief," Magni said. "He stepped up."

Five of Manteca's 10 runs were unearned as the Hawks made six errors.

"It's hard to explain," Magni said. "We work on defense every day at practice."

Central Valley nearly overcame an 8-4 deficit despite all of its mistakes.

"We showed a lot of heart and character battling back," Magni said.

The Hawks threatened in the top of the seventh inning. Jesse Perea drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Damien Adams and William Mestas followed with strikeouts, and Trevino grounded out to end the game.

"It's a little frustrating when you're that close to getting a sweep," Magni said.

Central Valley will battle East Union on Thursday in Ceres. The VOL game will get underway at 4 p.m.