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Work-in-progress Hawks trying to solidify defensive lineup
Central Valley's varsity softball team showed marked improvement during its final game in Pool E of the Ceres High tournament.

The Hawks made just three errors en route to a 3-2 loss to Golden Valley Saturday afternoon at Rainbow Fields.

Central Valley pitcher Sarah McElroy scattered 10 hits, hit two batters and tallied four strikeouts in defeat.

Malynda Lomeli singled and scored a run. Freshman Lindsey Alexander doubled. Katie Carpenter singled. Lexy Cordova walked twice and scored once.

"Our last game was our best game," Hawks head coach Kristen Ghimenti said. "The girls played much better on defense."

Central Valley compiled a 1-3 record at the Ceres High tournament.

The Hawks made 15 errors in their first three games.

"I'm not disappointed at all with how we did on offense," Ghimenti said. "Our pitchers need to cut down on walks and hit batters. We can't afford to give free bases. I'm still trying to find the right chemistry on defense before league starts."

Central Valley lost 11-4 to Gregori Saturday morning.

The Jaguars capitalized on five Hawk errors.

Cordova, Central Valley's pitcher, allowed seven hits, walked eight, beaned two and struck out three.

Carpenter singled twice and scored once in three at-bats.

Freshman Lynaya Lerma doubled and scored a run.

Central Valley dropped its tournament opener, 6-5, to Modesto Christian on Wednesday.

The Hawks made three errors.

McElroy gave up eight hits, walked two and fanned two.

Carpenter singled, walked twice and scored once.

Central Valley managed to beat Lathrop 10-9 on Wednesday despite committing seven errors.

Cordova was the winning pitcher. She yielded four hits with five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batsman.

Lomeli led the way on offense with a pair of doubles and three runs.

Cordova, McElroy, Carpenter, Alexander, Savannah Garza, Courtney Ahart and Riehanna Lucero all tallied one run.

Central Valley, 2-5 as of Monday, will open the WAC season at Livingston this Thursday (4 p.m.).