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Ben Ortiz of Central Valley slides back into second base Monday ahead of the ball headed for Weston Ranch’s C.J. Drain with Devonte Daniels backing up in a 9-0 win for the Hawks.

DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED March 11, 2014 1:03 a.m.

STOCKTON — Wins have not come easy for Weston Ranch and Monday was no different, as Central Valley of Ceres rolled to a 9-0 non-league win.

“We looked like a team that has been 0-23 for the last two years and is trying to find its identity with struggles to trust each other,” Cougars coach David Hager said. “We look like some guys who have some skills but not the confidence to use those skills.”

The Hawks (4-1) used just four hits to get their first seven runs with three hits leading to their last two runs in the sixth. 

“We are young,” Hager said. “We started three freshmen and a sophomore and we sat three starters. The seniors are working to get better, but it is kind of an uphill battle being older with the young guys here and learning a new way of playing the game. They have bought in and are doing a good job of being leaders.”

The Cougars (1-4) had their opportunities, stranding five runners while running into three outs via pickoffs or stolen base attempts.

“I have no choice but to be aggressive,” Hager said. “But those three outs came when runners thought they saw a sign that was not existent or decided they were going to run on their own

“We need to learn to hit with runners in scoring position. We get runners on first or second or second and third, getting them in is what makes a good team.”

Central Valley wasted little time jumping out to a 5-0 lead after just two innings behind two Weston Ranch errors and only two hits. 

 “I told the guys that how we react when we are up or down by a lot tells a lot about us as a team,” Hawks coach Derrick Goblirsch said. “It was kind of a sloppy game but I thought our pitchers did well throwing strikes the whole game.”

Devonte Daniels and Manuel Rubio had the only two hits for the Cougars.

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