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CV baseball competes in playoffs for first time
Hawks suffer 8-0 loss in first round
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Central Valley High School's varsity baseball team made its first-ever Sac-Joaquin Section playoff appearance in program history last week.

The Western Athletic Conference third-seeded Hawks lost by shutout, 8-0, to No. 3 Cosumnes Oaks of the Sierra Valley Conference at the Division-IV tournament on May 13 in Elk Grove.

"It's a difficult outcome," Central Valley head coach Greg Magni said. "We hoped for better. We gave it everything we had. We ran into a very good team."

The Wolfpack improved to 13-15 on the year.

The Hawks compiled a program-best 19-9 record in 2013.

Central Valley struggled on offense against Cosumnes Oaks.

The Hawks collected just two hits with seven strikeouts in 24 at-bats.

Michael Ereso and Jorge Alvarez both singled for Central Valley, which stranded six runners on base and committed two errors on defense.

"Their pitcher was good," Magni said. "He was in control. He threw hard. He threw strikes."

Hawk Ruben Casas (9-3) made his final start at pitcher.

Casas, a four-year standout, allowed six runs and five hits with five strikeouts and five walks in three innings.

Jeff Reeves gave up two runs, surrendered four hits, struck out two and walked two while tossing three innings of relief.

"Ruben battled," Magni said. "He had decent stuff. They just hit him."

The Wolfpack tallied one run in the bottom of the second inning, two in the second, four in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Down 1-0, Central Valley left two runners on base in the top of the second inning.

"We had chances," Magni said. "We didn't get the big hit."

Cosumnes Oaks also made history this year by advancing to the postseason for the first time.

The Wolpack have just one senior player on their roster.

Central Valley and Cosumnes Oaks beat Lathrop 5-0 and 10-2, respectively, during the preseason.

"We didn't know much about each other," Magni said. "We faced one common opponent."

The Hawks reached unprecedented heights in 2013.

Central Valley qualified for the playoffs during Magni's final season as head coach.

Greg was promoted to athletic director.

"We did some special things," Magni said. "It was so much fun. I didn't want it to end. I wish it lasted forever. It was quite a ride."