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CV doubles softball win total
Hawks improve to 2-3 in Western Athletic Conferencec
Nayeli Pelayo helped Central Valley double its conference win total from a year ago this past week. The Hawks improved to 2-3 in the WAC standings after shutting out host Livingston 17-0 on Wednesday. Central Valley lost 6-0 at Ceres High on April 10. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity softball team struggled to a 1-11 record while tying for last place in the Western Athletic Conference standings in 2016.

The Hawks doubled their win total from a season ago this past week after beating one of two opponents.

Central Valley improved to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the WAC standings following last Wednesday's 17-0 mercy-rule victory at Livingston.

"I'm very pleased with how our team played this week," Hawks junior catcher Nayeli Pelayo said.

Central Valley had a productive day on offense, totaling 12 hits and a program-record 13 stolen bases.

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

Freshman Scarlett Lloyd batted 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs.

Sophomore Brianna Quiroz batted 2-for-5 with one RBI, three runs and two stolen bases.

Gaby Bonales batted 2-for-3 with one RBI, three runs and three stolen bases.

Sophomore Megan McElroy batted 1-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Freshman Giuliana Gutierrez batted 1-for-2 with two runs and three stolen bases.

Autiana Baxter batted 1-for-2 with one run and three stolen bases.

Freshman Kaydee Peterman batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one stolen base.

Lloyd starred at pitcher.

She allowed no runs and two hits in five innings.

Central Valley lost 6-0 at crosstown-rival Ceres High (13-5, 4-1) on April 10.

"Even though we lost to Ceres, it was a tough battle," Pelayo said. "Our goal was to not get run ruled and we achieved it by only allowing six runs."

The Hawks managed to collect just one hit and struck out 17 times against Bulldog star pitcher Callie Nunes.

Pelayo batted 1-for-3 with two stolen bases.

Central Valley fell behind 4-0 in the first inning.

The Hawks have never beaten the Bulldogs in softball.

Ceres High has won all 21 meetings.

The Bulldogs topped the Hawks twice by the mercy rule (24-0, 15-1) last season.

"Our goal is to beat Ceres High this year, and with all the new talent we have, I know it's possible," Pelayo said. "We just need to stay focused on the goal and play our hearts out."