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Hawks secure split
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Central Valley High School's varsity baseball program took one of two games from Valley Oak League rival East Union last week.

"That's a pretty good team we split against," Hawks coach Greg Magni said. "They're tied for second place in our league."

Central Valley managed to beat the Lancers 7-6 in Game 1 of the VOL series on Wednesday in extra innings despite blowing leads in the fifth and sixth innings.

Adrian Sandoval's one-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Hawks to a 7-6 victory over East Union.

Chris Mullan and Israel Trevino were hit by pitches to begin the inning. Mullan, Central Valley's lead runner, got thrown out at third base when Rick Rogers attempted a sacrifice bunt.

Sandoval's third hit of the game proved to be the game-winner as the ball one-hopped the right-field fence.

East Union overcame a 5-1 deficit in the top of the fifth inning and 6-5 deficit in the sixth.

"It was an exciting game," Magni said. "We hit last. That made a big difference."

Martin Gomez, Central Valley's ace, picked up the win in relief. The right-handed junior allowed an unearned run in the seventh inning and pitched a scoreless eighth. He tallied three strikeouts and two walks.

"That took a little bit of steam out of his start on Friday," Magni said. "I think we asked a little too much from him at this point of the season."

Gomez had a rocky outing and received no run support as the Hawks fell 7-0 to the Lancers in Game 2 in Manteca.

Martin allowed seven runs-six earned-and three hits with six walks and two strikeouts in 32/3 innings.

"We had no answers," Magni said.

"They punished the baseball. They're a very good hitting team. We only had two hits."

Central Valley also committed three errors.

The Hawks (2-6) will play at last-place Weston Ranch (0-8) today and host the Cougars this Friday. Both games start at 4 p.m. Central Valley's playoff hopes look bleak.

"We pretty much have to play perfect to even have a chance," Magni said.