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JV Hawks rally for pair of conference victories against rival Bulldogs
CV sweeps CHS, improves to 3-1 in WAC standings
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Central Valley High School's junior-varsity baseball team completed a two-game sweep of crosstown-rival Ceres High with a 10-9 extra-inning win on Thursday.

The host Hawks evened the score at 9-all in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Central Valley completed the rally by tallying one run in the eighth.

The two teams combined for 19 runs and 26 hits.

"It was back and forth the whole game," Hawks head coach Antone Lopez said. "It was a grind. We beat them three times handedly last season. Ceres High has a better team this year."

The Hawks improved to 3-1 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

The Bulldogs dropped to 2-4 in league play.

"These kids grew up together," Lopez said. "The coaches are close. We're all on the Ceres Youth Baseball board. The closeness made the games very intense."

Central Valley's Robert Nieto batted 3-for-4 from the plate with one double, two RBIs, three runs and three stolen bases against Ceres High on Thursday.

Hawk teammates Adrian Alvarez, Andrew Badillo, Andrew Sen, Adrian Perez, James Andres, Moses Ghiorso and Gabriel Quezada also contributed.

Alvarez batted 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Badillo batted 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Sen batted 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run.

Perez batted 2-for-3 with one triple and two runs.

Andres batted 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run.

Ghiorso batted 1-for-4 with one RBI.

Quezada scored one run.

Freshman Ty Borchardt was the winning pitching.

Borchardt gave up two runs and three hits with no strikeouts and two walks while logging two innings of relief.

Starter Michael Lopez yielded eight runs, scattered nine hits, struck out none and walked two over six innings.
Central Valley edged host Ceres High 8-6 on Wednesday.

Down 2-1, the Hawks exploded for seven runs in the top of the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the deficit to two.

Nieto batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.

Badillo batted 1-for-4 with two RBIs and one run.

Andres batted 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

Sen batted 3-for-3 with one run.

Perez batted 1-for-3 with one run.

Lopez chipped in with one RBI and one run.

Alvarez and Quezada both scored once.

Borchardt, Central Valley's starting pitcher, allowed five runs and four hits with two strikeouts and five walks en route to earning the victory.

Lopez picked up the save in relief.

Michael struck out three batters in two innings. He yielded one run and two hits.

Central Valley managed to sweep Ceres High despite competing shorthanded. Sophomore pitcher/shortstop/catcher Joseph Zuniga was promoted to varsity.

"This was our first two games without him," coach Lopez said. "He was our best player. We leaned on him a lot. The kids stepped up this week."

Second-place Central Valley will face Pacheco this week.