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Hawks take second in Ceres
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team won two of four games en route to a second-place finish at the Art McRae Easter Tournament this past week in Ceres.

Sponsored by the Ceres Lions Club, the six-team tournament was held April 25-28.

Escalon won championship.

Ceres High, Modesto Christian, Northgate and Hughson finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"I thought the kids played really well," Hawks head coach Greg Magni said. "We enjoyed the whole experience."

Escalon defeated Central Valley 18-9 for the title on Thursday at Art McRae Field.

"The final score doesn't indicate how well we played," Magni said. "They busted it open late. We just ran out of pitching."

Central Valley led 7-5 through three innings.

The Cougars outscored the Hawks 13-2 the rest of the way.

Escalon posted a team-batting average of .543 against Central Valley's pitching staff.

Kristian Olsen started and earned a no-decision. He gave up five runs and five hits with two strikeouts and four walks over two innings.

"We battled as much as we could," Magni said. "That's the best hitting team we've faced all year."

Central Valley collected nine hits and walked nine times on offense.

Scott Myatt homered and knocked in a pair of runs.

Moscozo batted 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.

Andy Lomeli and Frank Hernandez chipped in with two RBIs apiece.

Dart, Jeremy Lasater and Shaun Chisholm all scored once.

The Hawks lost 9-3 to Escalon on Wednesday.

Central Valley mustered just four hits.

Myatt doubled and drove in two runs.

Hernandez collected one double and one RBI.

Moscozo singled and scored once.

Alex Lomeli scattered eight hits and retired two batters via strikeout while leading Central Valley to a 5-3 victory over Hughson on Tuesday, April 26.

Dart picked up the save in relief. He allowed no runs and hits while retiring the side in order in the seventh inning.

Myatt batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Moscozo doubled, singled and scored twice.

Hernandez had a single and two RBIs.

Central Valley edged Modesto Christian 6-5 on Monday, April 25.

The Hawks tallied the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. Moscozo walked, stole second and scored on Dart's single up the middle.

Central Valley totaled 11 hits on offense.

Olsen led the way with one double, two singles and one RBI.

Chisholm batted 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.

Myatt tripled, drove in one run and scored once.

Dart singled and knocked in two runs.

Hernandez had two hits and one RBI.

Ceres High compiled a 3-1 record at the McRae Tournament.

The Bulldogs shut out Modesto Christian 8-0 for third place on Thursday.

Ceres High's two other wins came against Hughson (11-5) and Northgate (11-10).

The Bulldogs dropped their opener, 9-4, to Escalon.

Central Valley's final three league games will be played at home. The Hawks host Patterson on Wednesday, Central Catholic on Friday and Ceres High on May 11.

Ceres High, Central Catholic and Los Banos are vying for the WAC title and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berths.

Central Valley will try to play the role of spoiler.

The Bulldogs will play at Central Catholic today and host to Livingston on Friday.

"We have so many seniors on this team," Magni said. "These last three games mean a lot."