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April 1, 2009 > MVAL baseball roundup

MVAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

At the end of the second week of the Mission Valley Athletic League's (MVAL) regular season, the defending champion Newark Memorial Cougars may very well have a legitimate contender to deal with in the heavy-hitting Irvington Vikings. Both teams are tied for first place in the MVAL with 3-0 records.

Newark aced their only test last week in a nice and easy 11-3 road win over Kennedy who, as their 4-7 overall record shows, were having a much easier time with their preseason nonleague foes; they're 0-4 in league games. The Cougars were led by the Hudgens boys - Grayson and Ryan. Grayson, who also appeared as a relief pitcher during the 3-run Kennedy sixth inning, went 2-5 with a double and three RBIs. Ryan also had three RBIs and a double. Ryan Deeter pitched over five stellar innings and picked up the win for Newark.

Irvington pulled into a first place tie with two impressive wins last week. The first was a 14-0 spanking of Mission San Jose - who'd come into the game with a 2-0 MVAL record - at Irvington High School. A five-run second inning lit the Irvington powder keg. Third baseman Christian Weber and catcher TJ Meyer each homered, and Ryan Tella went 3-4 in the victory. Junior lefty pitcher Michael Rogers went all seven innings for the complete-game shutout win.

Tella put on another great performance two days later (Friday, March 27), both on the pitcher's mound and at the plate at Washington High. The lefthander allowed no earned runs in seven innings, struck out 13 and walked none.

Still, the Huskies scored three unearned runs and led 3-0 before the Vikings bats awoke with three runs to tie the game in the sixth inning. The game went to extra innings and was decided when Tella hit a two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth to put Irvington ahead. He scored on a wild pitch and the Vikings held on to win, 6-3. Matt Silvernale went 4- 5 and scored two runs for Irvington.

Despite the humbling loss to Irvington, the Mission San Jose Warriors are nipping at the heels of both co-leaders with a 3-1 league record after eking out a 3-2 win over Kennedy. Kevin Roche's bottom of the seventh single to drive in Artie Duran was the game-winning RBI, and Matt Imhof pitched the complete game for the win.

Prior to Washington's loss to Irvington, the Huskies traveled several blocks north up Fremont Boulevard to play the American Eagles. The trip proved a fruitful one for WHS, as they beat American, 6-1. Following the loss to Irvington, WHS ended the week in fifth place, two games back with a 1-2 MVAL record.

American's struggles continued with a 5-1 loss to James Logan who, after losing their first eight games (seven of them to nonleague opponents) is now 2-1 in the MVAL, and in fourth place. American, unfortunately, is helping Kennedy pull up the rear, tied for last with 0-4 records.

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