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Hawks drop to 1-3 in VOL baseball standings
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Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team had a forgettable Valley Oak League series with Manteca last week.

The Buffaloes beat the Hawks twice, including 12-0 on Friday in Ceres and 9-0 on Wednesday in Manteca.

"They definitely earned it," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "We didn't give them anything. They proved to me they're in the top half of the league."

The Hawks dropped to 6-10-1 overall, including 1-3 in the VOL.

Central Valley's mustered just two runs on four hits in conference play.

"At this point, we're looking at the small picture," Magni said. "We can't be worried about the playoffs when we can't even get a hit. We have to focus on improving."

The Buffaloes (8-8-1, 2-2) had little trouble against Hawks' ace pitcher Martin Gomez in the series finale, which was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. The right-handed junior allowed a season-high 10 runs in 21/3 innings. He gave up seven hits with six walks and one strikeout.

"We obviously didn't expect that to happen but it's just one day," Magni said. "He just didn't have his best stuff. It happens to everybody."

Manteca pitcher Toby Fox fired a complete-game, one-hitter with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Buffaloes roughed up Central Valley's pitching staff in the series opener.

Manteca batted 14-for-30 from the plate with four doubles, three walks, five stolen bases and two strikeouts.

Eric Watts shut down the Hawks' lineup, which managed just one hit in 22 at-bats with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Central Valley sophomore William Mestas singled.

The Hawks will face defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV and VOL champion Oakdale twice this week. Central Valley will host the Mustangs on Wednesday and play on the road on Friday. Both games begin at 4 p.m.