Central Valley High School’s varsity softball team lost a pair of Western Athletic Conference games by a combined score of 15-1 this past week.
The Hawks dropped to 4-7 on the year and 0-3 in the WAC standings.
“We have moments where we play great softball,” head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. “We just need to clean up our defense and find a way to score runs. If we make fewer mistakes, the games are going to go a lot better. Their attitudes are still positive.”
Los Banos topped visiting Central Valley 7-1 on Thursday.
The Hawks managed just four hits and struck out 10 times in 25 at-bats.
Lindsey Alexander batted 2-for-3 with one triple and one run.
Gabriela Bonales had one RBI.
Nayeli Pelayo singled twice.
Central Valley made four errors on defense.
Hawk pitcher Jessica Alvarez gave up six earned runs, scattered 10 hits, struck out two and walked three in six innings.
The Tigers (5-8, 3-0) scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, and three in both the second and sixth.
“We scored first and didn’t do anything afterwards,” Ghimenti said.
Central Valley collected two hits and committed four errors during its 8-0 loss to El Capitan on March 16 in Merced.
Alexander and Alyssa Costa both singled.
Alvarez allowed five earned runs and 11 hits with two strikeouts and two walks over six innings.
Central Valley will play host to crosstown-rival Ceres High (11-3, 3-0) this Thursday at 4 p.m.
“To me, it’s just another game,” said Ghimenti, a former Bulldog standout pitcher. “We know they’re talented. They have good pitching. The goal is to limit the damage their girls do.”