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Hawks drop out of playoff contention
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team needed to beat Sierra twice last week to keep its slim playoff hopes alive.

The Hawks posted a 4-3 win over the Timberwolves in Game 1 on Tuesday, April 28 in Ceres.

Faced with a must-win situation, Central Valley squandered a 3-0 lead on its way to a 6-4 loss to Sierra in the second contest on Thursday in Manteca.

"We knew what we had to do," said Hawks head coach Greg Magni, whose team dropped to 13-12 on the year and 6-6 in the Valley Oak League standings. "We had to win all of our games to have a chance. We just couldn't get it done. We're disappointed. We felt like we were a sleeper if we got in. I'm still proud of our kids. Overall, we played really well all through our league games."

Sierra outscored Central Valley 6-1 over the final four innings of Game 2.

The Timberwolves pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

The Hawks left the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning.

"It was a really good game," Magni said. "Both teams battled. We had one bad inning and it came back to haunt us. We lost to a quality team."

Central Valley starting pitcher Greg Guerra gave up five runs on seven walks and three hits. He totaled eight strikeouts during his five-inning outing.

Hawk slugger Martin Gomez batted 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs.

Damian Adams drove in one run.

Israel Trevino went 1-for-3 and scored once.

Michael Melton added a run.

Gomez, Central Valley's top pitcher, improved to 4-2 in conference play after turning in another dominant performance on the mound.

He gave up four hits and tallied 11 strikeouts during Game 1. Martin walked just one batter.

Central Valley collected eight hits.

Gomez singled, scored once and drove in a run.

Scott Myatt had a single and two RBIs.

Trevino doubled and scored a run.

Brian Creek doubled and singled in two at-bats.

Adams doubled.

Guerra and William Mestas both singled and scored once.

Central Valley will close out its VOL season this week with a pair of games against cross-town rival Ceres High (5-7 VOL).

The Hawks will play host to the Bulldogs on Thursday at 4 p.m.

"Even though playoffs are not on the line, we want to do as good as we can do," Magni said. "These games mean a lot, especially for our four seniors (Gomez, Trevino, Creek and Adams)."