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Hawks open WAC play with back-to-back losses
Ryan Palecek doubled and scored once in Central Valleys 10-6 loss to Livingston in Western Athletic Conference play on March 26 in Ceres. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley's varsity baseball program dropped a pair of games to Livingston during the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play.

The Hawks contributed to their own downfall by making seven errors and issuing 18 walks.

"It's disappointing," head coach Derrick Goblirsch said. "We're going to hit and score some runs in league. We're going to have to throw strikes and play defense to beat teams."

Central Valley lost 10-0 in six innings at Livingston Thursday night.

The Hawks never recovered after surrendering three runs in both the second and third innings, and two in the fourth.

"We have a tendency to fall apart when we get down early," said Goblirsch, whose team committed four errors and walked 10 batters.

Hawk starting pitcher Alex Solis yielded five earned runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in four innings.

Daniel Valencia allowed no hits but walked seven batters while tossing 12/3 innings of relief.

He gave up two earns runs.

Valencia had one strikeout.

Livingston limited Central Valley to just three total hits.

Israel Anaya, Alex Solis and Joel Branco all singled.

Central Valley erased a four-run deficit before losing 10-6 to Livingston on March 26 in Ceres.

The Hawks made four errors and walked eight batters.

"It was a closer game than what the score showed," Goblirsch said. "They broke it open at the end."

The Wolves evened the score at 6-6 in the top of the sixth evening and tallied four runs in the seventh to secure the victory.

The Hawks bounced back after allowing four runs in the first two innings, including two in the second stanza.

Central Valley used a four-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning to knot up the score.

The Hawks led 6-4 prior to the Wolves' late-game rally.

"For us to battle back was big," Goblirsch said. "Livingston has one of the top teams in league."

Central Valley collected six hits versus Livingston (7-6-0, 2-0-0).

Sergio Solis batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Jason Perez batted 3-for-4 with one double and one RBI.

Ryan Palecek batted 1-for-4 with one double and one run.

Gabriel Campos batted 0-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Valencia battled 1-for-3 with one run.

Branco had one RBI.

Anaya scored once.

Hawk starting pitcher Robert Garcia had to settle for a no-decision.

Garcia allowed two earned runs and four hits with two strikeouts and four walks in three innings.

Anaya was tagged with the loss after throwing 31/3 innings of relief.

Israel gave up four earned runs and five hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Central Valley (4-8-1, 0-2-0) will battle Los Banos (5-4-1, 2-0-0) twice next week.

The Hawks will play host to the Tigers on April 9 and at Los Banos on April 12.

Both games will get underway at 4 p.m.

"We got to throw strikes and play defense," Goblirsch said.