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Central Valley compiles 6-4 record during the preseason
Sophomore Sergio Solis helped propel Central Valley’s varsity baseball team to three victories last week. - photo by Dale Butler

Central Valley’s youth-laden varsity baseball team wrapped up its preseason schedule this past week.

The Hawks won three of four games and improved to 6-4 on the year.

Central Valley totaled just seven victories during the 2018 campaign.

"We’ll see where we stand once league starts. There’s going to be growing pains.”
Coach Derrick Goblirsch

“We’re happy with where we’re at right now,” coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “Overall, it’s been a good learning process for us. Our pitching has been our greatest strength. We were successful hitting with runners in scoring position. We’ll see where we stand once league starts. There’s going to be growing pains.”

Central Valley shut out host Riverbank 12-0 in six innings on March 11.

Hawk freshman pitcher Gabrial Lopez allowed no runs and just one hit with a career-high 13 strikeouts.

Lopez also helped his own cause by batting 4-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and two runs.

Sophomore Isaiah Hidalgo batted 2-for-4 with one double, three RBIs and one run.

Sophomore Sergio Solis batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Alex Solis batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.

Ryan Palecek batted 1-for-4 with one RBI and two runs.

Carlos Gutierrez batted 1-for-2 with one double and one RBI.

Joseph Mendez and sophomore Angel Vega both batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Tucker Tarap accounted for one run.

Central Valley edged Pacheco 1-0 on March 14 in Ceres.

Winning pitcher Alex Solis gave up no runs and no hits with three strikeouts in two innings.

Younger brother Sergio Solis picked up the save in relief. He surrendered no runs and one hit with one strikeout in one inning.

Alex Solis doubled twice and scored once on offense.

Sergio Solis batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Lopez collected two singles.

Vega batted 1-for-3.

The Hawks tallied the game’s only run in the bottom of the first inning.

Central Valley escaped with a 10-9 win over Johansen on March 15 in Modesto.

The Vikings cut a 10-3 deficit to one in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sergio Solis started at pitcher and was awarded the victory.

He yielded two earned runs and two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks in four innings.

Sophomore Luis Valdovinos secured the victory with a save.

He had three strikeouts in one inning.

The Hawks totaled 11 hits on offense.

Lopez batted 2-for-2 with one double and four RBIs.

Palecek batted 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs.

Vega batted 1-for-2 with one double and three runs.

Hidalgo batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Sergio Solis batted 1-for-4 with two runs.

Valdovinos batted 1-for-5 with one run.

Gutierrez and Derek Bolivar each scored one run.

Sophomore Adrian Garcia singled twice.

Central Valley had its three-game winning streak snapped by visiting Hughson on March 16.

The Huskies pulled away for a 9-5 victory.

The Hawks batted just .217 from the plate as a team on offense.

Mendez finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Boliver scored twice.

Vega and Alex Solis both singled and scored once.

Sergio Solis knocked in one run.

Lopez doubled.

Garcia singled.

Alexis Solis, Central Valley’s starting pitcher, suffered a hard-luck loss.

He gave up six runs—zero earned—and three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over four innings.

The Hawks committed a season-high eight errors on defense.

Central Valley will begin Central California Conference play this week.

“It’s great to have success in the preseason,” Goblirsch said. “We’d like to see that continue in league.”