Central Valley High School’s softball program reached new heights this past week.
The Hawks annexed their first league title and playoff berth.
“It’s hard to wrap my mind around,” Central Valley first-year coach Jimmy Bates said. “The girls have accomplished something that has never been done in CV softball history. They’re literally rewriting our school’s history books.”
Janessa Godinez and Jannet Valencia starred at pitcher and shortstop, respectively.
“Those two girls work well together,” Bates said. “Janessa is the ultimate competitor. She’s put our team in positions where we can win. She’s the calming presence for us. Her teammates love and feed off her. Jannet’s been integral to what we’ve been doing. She’s so valuable to the team. That girl’s a vacuum. She has an infectious energy people want to be around.”
The Hawks won the Central California Conference title outright with a 3-2 win at Golden Valley on Friday.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. They’ve really bought into what could be done together.”Coach Jimmy Bates
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Bates said. “They’ve really bought into what could be done together.”
Godinez improved her pitching record to 16-2.
She totaled eight strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.
She allowed one earned run and five hits.
Godinez batted 1-for-3 from the plate with one double and one RBI.
Payton McConnell batted 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI and one run.
Priscilla Hamidat batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Micaela Martinez batted 1-for-3 with one run.
Gabriela Delatorre scored once.
Central Valley clinched a playoff berth and at least a share of the CCC title after topping Buhach Colony twice on Wednesday in Ceres.
“The girls are redefining what CV softball is and will be in the future,” Bates said.
The Hawks edged the Thunder 11-8 during the second meeting.
Godinez gave up three earned runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings.
She batted 2-for-4 from the plate with two runs.
Martinez batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs.
Victoria Lloyd batted 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs.
Valencia batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one run.
Delatorre batted 3-for-3 with two homers and two runs.
Hamidat batted 3-for-3 with one double and one RBI.
Allie Peterman singled.
Central Valley routed Buhach Colony 11-1 in five innings during the first meeting.
Godinez had four strikeouts and no walks in five innings.
She surrendered one run and one hit.
Godinez batted 1-for-3 with two runs.
Lloyd batted 2-for-3 with one homer, five RBIs and three runs.
Martinez batted 2-for-4 with one homer, four RBIs and one run.
Peterman batted 2-for-3 with three runs.
Valencia batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.
Delatorre batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Jayden Corona scored once.
The Hawks moved to 17-3 overall and 10-1 in the CCC standings.
“It goes to show what can be accomplished when people are doing things for others,” Bates said. “They’ve been hungry for success for a while. They’re really just getting a taste of it. They still feel like they’re earning a seat at the table.”
Central Valley will close out the CCC season today at 4 p.m. The Hawks will play host to the Patterson Tigers.
First-round Sac-Joaquin Section playoff games will be staged on May 16.