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CV ends weeks of frustration by securing its first win
Robert Garcia (22) and Central Valleys varsity baseball team secured a split with Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play this past week. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity baseball team played to its potential while battling Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play last week.

The previously-winless Hawks fell two runs short of earning a two-game sweep of the third-place Tigers.

"We showed our potential," head coach Derrick Goblirsch said.

Central Valley snapped a six-game losing streak with an 11-3 win at Patterson on April 24.

"We finally got a couple timely hits," Goblirsch said. "Our pitchers threw strikes. And we played good defense behind them."

Hawk Robert Garcia (2-2) gave up two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks over 52/3 innings.

"He pitched with confidence," Goblirsch said. "He pounded the strike zone."

Central Valley's Colton Ledbetter had one strikeout in 11/3 innings of relief.

The Hawks collected 11 hits and committed just one error.

Garcia batted 1-for-4 with one double, and two runs.

Alex Solis batted 3-for-4 with one double, three RBIs, one run and one stolen base.

Israel Anaya and Daniel Valencia each batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

Gabe Campos batted 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Ryan Palecek batted 2-for-5 with one RBI and one run.

Joel Branco batted 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Sergio Solis batted 1-for-5 with one RBI and one run.

Andrew Nowaya scored twice.

Fourth-place Central Valley dropped to 7-16-1 on the year and 1-7 in the WAC standings after losing 5-4 to Patterson on Thursday in Ceres.

The Hawks stranded the tying runner on base in the bottom of the seventh inning versus the Tigers (10-15, 4-4).

Alex Solis collected a two-out double.

"Even though we lost, it was nice to compete for seven innings," Goblirsch said.

Central Valley starter Israel Anaya (1-5) gave up three earned runs and six hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 42/3 innings.

Alex Solis totaled three strikeouts and two walks in 21/3 innings of relief.

The Hawks made three errors.

"He (Anaya) battled through some tough situations," Goblirsch said. "It could have been worse. He did a good job of keeping us right there."

Alex Solis batted 1-for-3 with one double and one run.

Garcia batted 2-for-3 with one double, two RBIs and one run.

Sergio Solis batted 1-for-3 with two runs.

Valencia batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Jason Perez batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Palecek singled.

Central Valley will close out the 2018 WAC campaign with a two-game series versus crosstown-rival Ceres High (8-14, 0-8) this week.

The Hawks will host the Bulldogs tomorrow at 4 p.m.

"We got a little momentum," Goblirsch said. "We want to end the season on a high note."