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April 22, 2009 > MVAL baseball roundup

MVAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

Irvington High School has been a baseball team on a mission since last week's wrenching 2-1 loss to Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) rival Newark Memorial. Following a 1-0 victory over highly touted Monte Vista (on a one-hitter by Vikings lefty pitcher Ryan Tella) in the first round of the Gordie Classic in Livermore, Irvington outlasted Foothill 9-8 in an error-filled semifinal on Monday, April 13. Trevor Ramos and Christian Weeber each homered (and drove in 2 RBIs each) for the Vikings.

But reality hit hard in the finals. Clayton Valley, considered one of the top teams in the East Bay, routed Irvington, 12-2, doing most of their damage with four first-ining runs and three in the fourth.

With the Easter tournament season over, Irvington can reset their sights on catching first place Newark Memorial, who still sits atop the MVAL standings with a 7-0 league record, a game and a half ahead of 5-1 Irvington.

Following a 7-3 first round loss to Campolindo (the eventual tournament champion) in the American Eagle Baseball Classic at American High, Newark bounced back with a 6-1 win over Del Mar, but their tournament ended in a disappointing fashion with a 9-7 consolation game loss to California High (San Ramon). Newark's offense was powered by their two Codys - Cody Guzinski (3-4, 3 RBIs) and Cody Zimmerman (2-4, 2 runs) in the loss.

In other non-league action, Mission San Jose (4-3 MVAL, 10-6 overall) won two consolation games at the American Eagle Classic: 4-3 over Red Bluff; and 8-7 over Sacred Heart Cathedral. James Logan (3-3, 3-12 overall) lost two non-league games: 9-1 to Valley Christian; and 10-9 to Los Gatos. Washington (1-4, 7-10) split a pair: losing to Encinal, 8-1, in the Willie Stargell Classic at the College of Alameda; but beating Liberty, 12-10, in a consolation game. And American didn't have much luck in their Classic, losing to California, 4-2, and then Del Mar, 11-5, in consolation games.

Following the mid-season Easter tournaments, the MVAL season swings back into action this week. For now, it's a two-horse race between undefeated defending champion Newark Memorial and hungry contender Irvington, with Mission and Logan in the middle of the pack. But there's a lot of baseball left to be played.

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