Losers of 11 of its first 12 Western Athletic Conference games, Central Valley's varsity baseball team faced a tall task this past week.
The Hawks competed against the crosstown-rival Bulldogs.
Central Valley dropped a pair of WAC contests to Ceres High by a combined score of 18-2.
"We weren't thinking about their record and how good they were," Hawks' senior first baseman/pitcher Gabriel Quezada said. "We just wanted to have fun and compete. That's what we tried to do."
Last-place Central Valley fell to 5-20-1 overall and 1-13 in the WAC standings.
The second-place Bulldogs improved to 21-5 and 11-3.
"It was a tough week," Quezada said. "It's not what we had hoped for. I thought this was going to be the year Central Valley turned its baseball program around. It was definitely a wasted year. Errors cost us games. There was a lack of focus. We didn't execute game plans. That's how this year panned out."
Quezada made his first-ever start at pitcher during Central Valley's 4-0 loss to host Ceres High on May 4 at Art McRae Field.
Gabriel gave up three earned runs and five hits with two strikeouts and four walks in 42/3 innings.
"I thought I performed well on the mound," Quezada said. "I just tried to battle."
Central Valley was limited to just one hit.
Sophomore Alex Solis singled in the top of the first inning.
"We were in the game the whole time," Quezada said. "We just weren't hitting. We gave it all we got."
Host Central Valley lost by the mercy rule, 14-2, in five innings to Ceres High on May 2.
Down 2-1, the Hawks allowed three runs in the top of the third inning, five in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Solis accounted for one of Central Valley's three hits.
Alex doubled and scored once.
Daniel Valencia drove in one run.
James Andres and Robert Garcia both singled.
Solis surrendered five earned runs and eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks while starting at pitcher.