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Hawks improving in softball
CV evens its league record
Nicholette Mendez and Central Valley will compete at Ceres High today at 4 p.m. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School has yet to experience breakthrough season in varsity softball.

The Hawks won two of their first four Western Athletic Conference games in recent weeks.

Central Valley moved to 6-4 on the year. The Hawks posted a 3-9 record in league play last spring.

"I like where we're at right now," head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. "It's a great position to be in. The goal is to make playoffs."

Central Valley rallied for a 4-3 win over Pacheco on Friday in Ceres.

Down 3-2, the Hawks scored twice with two outs in the final inning.

Lexy Cordova got hit by a pitch, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Lindsey Alexander's hit to right field. Alexander, who advanced all the way to third, raced home later for the winning running. Pacheco's second baseman misplayed Gaby Bonales' grounder.

Alexander batted 2-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and one run.

Sarah McElroy batted 2-for-3 with two runs.

Nicholette Mendez batted 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Cordova singled and scored once.

Bonales drove in one run.

Central Valley shut out Livingston 8-0 on March 21 in Ceres.

Cordova yielded four hits and fanned four batters in seven innings.

Mendez led the way on offense, finishing 4-for-4 with three RBIs and one run.

Ceres High lost 15-5 to visiting Patterson on March 19.

Mia Lorenzo batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

Bonales batted 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Central Valley opened the WAC season with an 8-5 loss to Los Banos on March 14 in Ceres.

Lynaya Lerma batted 2-for-2 with one homer, one RBI and two runs.

"I have a great group of girls," Ghimenti said. "They're talented. They're intelligent. They're coachable. They support each other."

Central Valley will face crosstown-rival Ceres High (4-0) today at 4 p.m. "They have talent and depth," Ghimenti said. "We're going to have to play our best. We're working towards improving our program."