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Varsity Hawks end season with loss
It's not the kind of finish Central Valley High School varsity softball coach Manny Bejaran envisioned.

The Hawks wrapped up the Valley Oak League season with a 12-2 mercy-rule loss to Sonora on Friday in Ceres.

Two days earlier, Central Valley collected its most lopsided win of the year against Weston Ranch. The Hawks avenged a 16-1 setback with a 15-3 victory.

"The girls were having lots of fun on Wednesday," Bejaran said. "They were hitting. They were stealing bases. They were making plays. I thought it was going to carry over to this game. Unfortunately, it didn't happen. There was no motivation."

Against Sonora, Central Valley committed four errors.

The Hawks also struggled on offense. Malynda Lomeli (triple) and Victoria Gutierrez (singled) accounted for their team's two hits.

Central Valley kept the contest close for three innings.

"Even with the mistakes, we were only down two runs," Bejaran said. "We were still in the game."

The Hawks allowed eight runs, five earned, in the fourth inning.

Sonora pitcher Justin Grossi retired 13 straight Central Valley batters before Gutierrez lined a two-out single to center field in the final inning.

The Hawks had just one runner in scoring position the entire game. Victoria was stranded at second base.

In the bottom of the first inning, Lomeli tripled to left field but was tagged out after running past the base.

"That would have pumped us up if we scored first," Bejaran said.

Central Valley pitcher Molly Littmann gave up 12 runs (eight earned), scattered 11 hits, struck out none and walked two in five innings.

Amandah Fleming allowed three runs and five hits with four strikeouts during the Hawks' win at Weston Ranch.

Fleming collected one hit and scored twice on offense.

Lomeli batted 3-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs and three runs.

Jessica Berndt (two hits, three RBIs, two runs, three walks), Littmann (two hits, two RBIs, one run) and Breonna Bejaran (two hits, two runs) chipped in as well.

The Hawks took control with a six-run outburst in the top of the first inning.

Central Valley placed eighth in the VOL standings (2-14).

Sonora (7-9) and Weston Ranch (4-12) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

"I wish we had a little more time left," coach Bejaran said. "We were showing improvement."