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Hawks aim to soar high
Central Valley High School varsity baseball head coach Greg Magni has a lot of faith in senior catcher Scott Myatt.

Myatt, a third-year starter, will have the freedom to call pitches this year. Scott proved he was capable of handling that responsibility during summer-league play.

"He will have full control of our staff," Magni said. "It won't be much of an adjustment. He's very intelligent. I trust him."

Other players expected to contribute to the team include Shaun Chisholm (OF, Sr.), David Dart (SS, Sr.), Frank Hernandez (IF, Sr.), Jeremy Lasater (P/OF, Sr.), Andy Lomeli (1B, Sr.), Chris Moscozo (P/OF/1B, Sr.), Kristian Olsen (OF/P, Sr.), Tristan Church (1B, Jr.), Jed Cundiff (C, Jr.), Alex Lomeli (IF/P, Jr.), Ryan Walters (OF, Jr.) and Ruben Casas (2B, So.).

Myatt, Dart and Moscozo have been selected to serve as captains.

Scott, David, Chris and Ruben all played major roles while leading Central Valley to a .500 overall record and sixth-place finish in the Valley Oak League standings (7-9) last season.

Casas batted .390 (23-for-59) with one triple, five doubles, 13 RBIs, 14 runs, five stolen bases, and a .508 slugging percentage in 23 games.

Moscozo hit .327 (17-for-52) with three triples, two doubles, 19 RBIs and 12 runs.

Dart had a .288 batting average (23-for-80), four doubles, 11 RBIs, 24 runs and 10 stolen bases.

Myatt collected three homers, three doubles, nine singles, 16 RBIs and nine runs.

Both Ruben and Chris were honorable-mention selections.

The Hawks will compete in the Western Athletic Conference this year, along with Ceres High, Central Catholic, Patterson, Livingston and Los Banos.

Each team will play each other three times.

The top three teams advance to the postseason.

Central Catholic placed first in the WAC in 2010.

"Obviously, our goal is to make the playoffs," Magni said. "We have a chance based on our experience and talent. We feel we're just as good as anyone else."