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Central Valley secures elusive victory
Hawks tie for last in WAC softball standings
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Freshman pitcher Brianna Quiroz and Central Valleys varsity softball team closed out the 2016 WAC season with an 8-1 win at Livingston on May 10. Central Valley snapped a 26-game conference losing streak dating back to the 2014 season. - photo by Courier file photo

Central Valley High School's varsity softball team ended the 2016 season on a positive note last week.

The Hawks broke into the Western Athletic Conference win column for the first time this year with an 8-1 victory over host Livingston on May 10.

"I expected us to win," head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. "It was close the first time."

Central Valley and Livingston tied for last place in the WAC standings with identical 1-11 records.

"It was important to give the seniors a win," Ghimenti said.

Hawk freshman pitcher Brianna Quiroz turned in her best performance of the season versus the Wolves.

Quiroz allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings.
"She pitched better this time," Ghimenti said. "She hit her spots."

Central Valley pounded a season-high 17 hits with just three strikeouts while dominating Livingston.

Quiroz batted 2-for-5 from the plate with one run.

Senior Bryana Lopez batted 2-for-3 with one homer, one double, one RBI and two runs.

Freshman Megan McElroy batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs and one run.

Freshman Chrystal Perales batted 3-for-4 with two runs.

Sophomore Nayeli Pelayo batted 3-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI.

Junior Cheyenne Brincat batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Junior Adria Robinson batted 1-for-2 with one run.

Freshman Alyssa Maeyama batted 1-for-4 with one run.

Senior Yescenia Godinez and junior Marissa Camarillo both singled.

The Hawks tallied one run in the top of the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth.

The Wolves scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Livingston edged Central Valley 10-9 on April 14 in Ceres.

"We just played better," Ghimenti said. "We made fewer mistakes. It was a disappointment to lose the first game against Livingston."

The one-sided victory helped Central Valley end a 26-game conference losing streak dating back to the 2014 season.

"It's a morale boost," said Ghimenti, whose team avoided finishing 0-12 in conference play for the second consecutive season. "It gives the girls something to look forward to."

Central Valley enjoyed its best season to date in 2014. Fourth-place Central Valley had a 5-7 mark as Ghimenti was voted WAC Coach of the Year.

The Hawks will strive for improvement next spring.

"They have the talent to do it," Ghimenti said.