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Preparation begins now
Central Valley High School's varsity baseball program graduated its top three pitchers in June, including Greg Guerra, William Mestas and Michael Melton.

Head coach Greg Magni's main goal between now and the start of the 2011 season will be to establish a starting rotation and bullpen.

Chris Moscozo, Grant Wolff and Kristian Olsen emerged as potential starters after leading the Hawks to a combined five wins during the opening portion of their 18-game summer league campaign, which got underway on June 7 and ends July 1.

Alex Lomeli, Ruben Casas, Jeremy Lasater and David Dart will provide relief.

"We purposely scheduled four games a week because I wanted to see how these guys could do under pressure," Magni said. "They have all pitched well."

Moscozo tallied 12 strikeouts and just one walk in Central Valley's 4-0 win over Enochs at the Steve Streeter Tournament on Wednesday, June 9.

"His first outing was impressive," Magni said.

Wolff and Olsen had perfect 2-0 records as of Friday, June 18.

Grant collected wins against Orestimba (13-2) on June 16 and Johansen (4-2) on June 11. Wolff totaled 12 strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in 101/3 innings.

"He has good breaking ball," Magni said.

Olsen helped lead the Hawks past Riverbank (12-3) on June 17 and Orestimba (7-1) on June 7.

Kristian has surrendered just one earned run in nine innings. He's accumulated five strikeouts.

"I can bring him (Olsen) in in any situation because he throws strikes," Magni said. "He's all about location. That's what I like about him."

Lomeli was the starting pitcher during Central Valley's 11-1 rout of Riverbank on June 14. He allowed one run and four hits over four innings.

Casas logged two innings of scoreless relief against the Bruins.

Magni will also look to solidify his team's batting order this summer.

Moscozo has already been penciled in as the Hawks' No. 3 hitter.

On June 17 against Riverbank, Chris crushed a two-run homer and tripled during his first two at-bats. He also hit a two-run jack versus Orestimba.

"He won that job in a week," Magni said. "He swings the bat like it's a feather. He's a strong kid."

Dart, Myatt, Casas, Wolff, Olsen, Lasater, Andy Lomeli and Shaun Chisholm will also contribute on offense next season when Central Valley moves to the Western Athletic Conference. Josh Claudio, Frank Hernandez and David Griffin, three other returners, are not playing baseball for the Hawks' summer team due to other commitments.

Opponents include Ceres High, Central Catholic, Livingston, Patterson and Los Banos.

"There's going to be no freebies in this league," Magni said. "It's definitely going to be fun."