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Busy summer schedule for Central Valley
Central Valleys Daniel Valencia pitched against crosstown-rival Ceres High on June 17. Valencia logged four innings on the mound during the Hawks loss to the Bulldogs. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's baseball program will play a total of 12 games this summer.

The Hawks reached the halfway point of their season earlier this month.

"We've played six times," head coach Derrick Goblirsch said following Central Valley's home loss to crosstown-rival Ceres High on June 17. "We've been pretty competitive. We don't keep track of scores."

Central Valley's roster features 13 players.

Adrian Alvarez, Israel Anaya, James Andres, Leandro Mercado and Gabriel Quezada competed at the varsity level this past spring.

Gabriel Rameno (Sr.), Joel Branco (Jr.), Gabriel Campos (Jr.), Robert Garcia (Jr.), Jason Perez (Jr.), David Serrano (Jr.), Daniel Valencia (Jr.) and Ryan Palecek (So.) are newcomers.

"We've been consistent with guys showing up to practices and games," Goblirsch said.

Valencia started at pitcher against Ceres High.

He lasted four innings.

"Everybody is getting reps," Goblirsch said. "It's a learning experience, especially for the younger kids."

The Hawks' first five opponents this summer were Johansen, Ceres High, Orestimba, Manteca and Downey.

"We've struggled a little bit, defensively," Goblirsch said. "Offensively, we've gotten better. I'm pleased with our pitching performance."