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Hawks extend unbeaten streak to four
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team has reeled off four straight wins since beginning the Valley Oak League season 1-6.

The Hawks completed a two-game sweep of Weston Ranch and defeated Lathrop once last week.

The Cougars and Spartans have a combined record of 2-22 in conference play.

"Obviously, we're very happy," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "We've been clicking a little bit.The biggest difference was getting hits with runners on base. It also helps the schedule's turned."

Central Valley improved to 11-10 on the year and 5-6 in the VOL.

The Hawks are vying for their first playoff berth in program history.

"Technically, we're still alive," Magni said. "But the odds are real slim."

Central Valley pounded 14 hits during its 13-3 rout of Weston Ranch on Friday in Stockton.

Michael Melton battled 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs.

Greg Guerra (triple, two singles, one RBI, one run), Luis Rodriguez (triple, single, two RBIs), Andy Lomeli (single, one RBI, two runs), Jesse Perea (single, one RBI, two runs), Chris Moscozo (triple, two RBIs) and Ruben Casas (two singles, one run) chipped in as well.

Guerra had a strong outing on the mound. The right-handed pitcher allowed one earned run and six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

Central Valley defeated Weston Ranch 8-4 on Thursday in Ceres.

Moscozo batted 1-for-3 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs.

Casas tripled, doubled, drove in one run and scored once.

David Dart added a double, a single, one RBI and two runs.

Hawk pitcher William Mestas gave up three earned runs, scattered seven hits, fanned five and walked one in 52/3 innings.

Melton picked up the save in relief. He yielded two hits and struck out three in 11/3 innings.

Central Valley pulled away for a 17-7 mercy-rule win over Lathrop's first-year program on Monday, April 26 in Ceres.

Guerra, Moscozo, Myatt and Josh Claudio led the Hawks' 14-hit attack.

Melton was the winning pitcher. He had four strikeouts and two walks.

Central Valley totaled 14 victories in 2009.

"We still have goals," Magni said. "Each year we've raised our win total. I hope we accomplish that this season. It's still a possibility."

Ceres High's final five games are against Sierra (May 4 and 6), Ceres High (May 11 and 13) and Lathrop (May).

"If we win four, we'll finish 15-11," Magni said. "It's doable."