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CV softball a work in progress
Winless CV varsity softball program striving to be more competitive
Central Valley shortstop Lindsey Alexander throws out a Patterson runner at first base. The Hawks lost 17-8 to the Tigers on April 14 in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity softball program has improved its win total each season under head coach Kristen Ghimenti's guidance.

The 2015 Hawks are winless through their first eight Western Athletic Conference games.

"We knew it was going to be a rebuilding year because we lost some seniors to graduation," said Ghimenti, fourth-year leader of Central Valley. "We haven't been able to put it all together as a team. The girls get along. They like to laugh together. That's really important. They still work hard at practice. Right now, the goal is to be more competitive."

Central Valley lost 12-2 to El Capitan on Thursday in Ceres.

Lindsey Alexander batted 2-for-3 from the plate with a pair of singles, one stolen base and one run.

Gabriela Bonales batted 2-for-3 with two singles and one run.

Nayeli Pelayo batted 1-for-3 with one single and one RBI.

Yescenia Godinez drove in one run.

Jessica Alvarez singled.

Patterson defeated host Central Valley 17-8 on April 14.

Bonales batted 2-for-3 with one homer, one single and two RBIs.

Godinez batted 2-for-4 two singles and three RBIs.

Autianna Baxter 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI.

Lynaya Lerma 1-for-4 with one homer and one RBI.

Alyssa Costa 1-for-3 with one single and one RBI.

Alexander doubled.

Pelayo singled.

Sandra Vega drew one walk.

Host Livingston shut out Central Valley 3-0 on March 31.

Bonales tripled.

Lerma and Pelayo both singled.

Vega walked twice.

Central Valley's WAC schedule doesn't get any easier.
The Hawks' final four opponents are Los Banos (5-2), Pacheco (8-1), Ceres High (7-1) and Livingston (1-7).

"We've struggled a bit," Ghimenti said. "I expected us to do better. We've shown we can hang with teams. But you're not going to win games making six, seven or eight errors. Every time we make a mistake, our pitcher has to throw more pitches. We can't let that happen. We need to limit the errors, score more runs and make the games more competitive."