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Hawks finish last in WAC standings
CV drop all 12 of their league games
Central Valleys Gabriela Bonales attempts a bunt against Ceres High. Bonales accounted for one of the Hawks two hits. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School's varsity softball program struggled to an 0-12 finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings this season.

The Hawks wrapped up the 2015 season with a 9-4 loss to sixth-place Livingston on Thursday in Ceres.

"It was definitely a rough season with highs and lows," head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. "We knew that replacing the senior class we lost last year was going to be a challenge. While league record did not reflect success, they did have moments where we played well."

Central Valley fell behind 5-0 early in the game and never recovered.

The Hawks cut the deficit to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Wolves dashed Central Valley's comeback hopes with a four-run outburst in the seventh inning.

Central Valley lost to Livingston (2-10) despite collecting 15 hits.

Elisa Sen batted 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs and one run.

Lynaya Lerma batted 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Alyssa Costa batted 2-for-4 with one run.

Autianna Baxter batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Yescenia Godinez batted 1-for-4 with one run.

Jessica Alvarez batted 3-for-4.

Gabriela Bonales batted 1-for-4.

Nayeli Pelayo batted 2-for-4.

Central Valley committed five errors on defense.

Alvarez, Central Valley's pitcher, surrendered six earned runs and 10 hits with three strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.

Host Ceres High improved its all-time record versus crosstown-rival Central Valley to 18-0 with a 9-0 win on April 28.

"The score didn't reflect how well we played," Ghimenti said. "We had one bad inning, otherwise the score is 1-0 Ceres."

The Bulldogs broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning, tallying eight runs.

Ceres High collected 14 hits off Alvarez during the rivalry game.

Gabriela Bonales and Yescenia Godinez accounted for Central Valley's two hits.

The Hawks batted just .091 from the plate as a team against Bulldog pitcher Callie Nunes, who gave up two hits, fanned 13 and walked three in seven innings.

Central Valley finished in fourth place in the league standings (5-7) in 2014. Ghimenti was voted WAC Coach of the Year.

Lerma and Lindsey Alexander will be lost to graduation. "We will continue to grow and work," Ghimenti said. "I know we have some young talent coming in and we have a relatively young varsity team with only two graduating seniors. Those two ladies will be greatly missed."