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Hawks suffer narrow defeats
Central Valley High School's varsity softball team came oh-so-close to winning a Valley Oak League game for the first time in its two-year history.

"The girls were upset because they felt they should have won," Hawks head coach Veronica Giddens said.

Central Valley almost knocked off undefeated Manteca on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks overcame a six-run deficit before losing 11-8 to the Buffaloes in extra innings.

Freshman Vicki Ochoa's three-run homer gave Central Valley an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Buffaloes (4-0 VOL) evened the score in the sixth and won the game in the eighth on Amber Nunally's two-out, two-run triple. She later scored on Chandler Rose's single.

The Hawks (0-4) totaled 15 hits off Manteca ace Gabby Gonzalez. Ochoa, Jessica Berndt and Jayme Sprague all finished 3-for-4. Jazmin Castillo went 2-for-5 from the plate. Alisha Diaz doubled.

CV edged out

Alisha Diaz pitched well but received no run support as Central Valley fell 1-0 to visiting Weston Ranch on Tuesday, April 1.

The right-handed senior limited the Cougars to four hits.

Amy Olmos tossed a three-hitter for Weston Ranch (2-2 VOL).

Diaz tripled in the fifth and seventh innings, but the Hawks couldn't get her home. Central Valley stranded six runners on base during the course of the VOL contest.

"It's just heartbreaking being so close to winning," Giddens said. "The girls need to play 110 percent the whole game. That's a big issue for us."