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Hawks win twice at Bulldog Classic
Central Valley High School's new-look varsity softball team posted a 2-2 record in Pool D of the 22nd Annual Ceres Bulldog Classic.

"The girls are pretty excited about the wins," Hawks co-head coach Manny Bejaran said. "We're happy for them. But we still have some work to do."

The Hawks, who lost several of their top players to another sport, opened the preseason tournament with back-to-back wins against Lathrop and Pitman on Saturday, March 6 at Rainbow Fields.

Central Valley overcame an 8-2 deficit in the final inning of its 9-8 victory against Lathrop.

Ashley Sewell collected the game-winning hit. Her single scored Amandah Fleming and Angelica Knights.

"Everybody started hitting," Bejaran said. "It carried to the next game."

The Hawks pulled away for a 10-3 win over Pitman.

Fleming drove in two runs, and Sewell, Jessica Berndt and Breonna Bejaran each had one RBI as Central Valley scored six times in the fifth inning.

Berndt batted 3-for-3 from the plate during the game with one stolen base, three runs and two RBIs.

Molly Littmann had a double and two singles.

"The girls were hitting the ball at will," coach Bejaran said.

Littmann, Central Valley's pitcher, allowed five hits and struck out two batters.

Central Valley lost 3-0 to Modesto High and 5-4 to Summerville on Monday, March 8. Those two games were supposed to be played on Wednesday, March 3 but were rescheduled because of rain.

All three of Modesto's runs were unearned as the Hawks committed several errors.

Central Valley loaded the bases in the fourth inning. The Hawks struck out three times in a row to end the threat.

"We just couldn't put the ball in play," Manny said.

Central Valley collected just four hits on offense.

Littmann, Bejaran, Fleming and Alex Serna all singled.

The Hawks squandered a 4-1 lead during their loss to Summerville.

The Bears scored four runs on three errors in the fifth inning to steal the victory.

"We had the game won," coach Bejaran said. "We just had a meltdown."

Breonna collected a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the first inning.

In the fourth inning, Berndt singled and scored on Malynda Lomeli's hit. Sewell drove in Lomeli with a double.

Central Valley (2-3) will play host to Modesto Christian in non-conference play today at 3:30 p.m.

"The girls are still learning," coac Bejaran said. "The talent's there. We just have to use it in the right spots. By the time we get into league, I think we'll do pretty good."