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Central Valley upsets Patterson in baseball
Israel Anaya and Central Valleys varsity baseball team won one of their two games against heavily-favored Patterson last week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team split its two-game Western Athletic Conference series with Patterson last week.

The Hawks could have swept the heavily-favored Tigers.

"We had an opportunity to win both games," Central Valley head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "I'm happy with where we're at. It's clear we're taking strides in the right direction and getting better."

The fifth-place Hawks improved to 2-6 in the WAC after winning the second game 6-1 on Friday in Patterson.

The second-place Tigers dropped to 6-2 in conference play.

Central Valley made just one error on defense.

"The win is huge for our confidence," Goblirsch said. "It's the first time all year we made all the plays we needed to make. We're on the brink of being a very good baseball team. We just have to execute and play to our strengths."

Hawk junior Ty Borchardt pitched a complete game.

Borchardt (4-0) allowed six hits and one run with two strikeouts and four walks in seven innings.

"He was very effective," Goblirsch said. "We played great defense behind him. And he got some run support as well."

Central Valley totaled eight hits on offense.

Mikie Lopez batted 2-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and one run.

Andrew Sen and Carlos Rodriguez both batted 1-for-2 with two runs.

Israel Anaya batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Robert Nieto batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Alex Solis scored once and walked twice.

Moses Ghiorso and Andrew Badillo chipped in with one single each.

The Hawks scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, and one in the fifth, fourth and first.

Patterson rallied from a 3-1 deficit on its way to posting an 8-4 win over Central Valley on Thursday in Ceres.

"I was pleased with our performance," Goblirsch said. "We put ourselves in a position to win. We had runners on second and third twice with a chance to tie it up. We couldn't get a timely hit. It was 6-4 until they scored twice in the seventh inning."

The Hawks collected six hits.

Rodriguez batted 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Sen and Solis both batted 1-for3 with one RBI.

Lopez and Leandro Mercado both batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Adrian Alvarez scored once.

Anaya singled.

Central Valley tallied three runs in the bottom of the first inning and one in the third.

Anaya started at pitcher for the Hawks.

Israel (3-2) gave up four earned runs and three hits with two strikeouts and three walks in two innings.

Lopez yielded one earned run and three hits with two strikeouts and four walks while tossing five innings of relief.

Central Valley will play at Livingston today and host the Wolves on Friday.

Both WAC games will begin at 4 p.m.