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April 29, 2009 > HAAL baseball roundup

HAAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Mount Eden Monarchs baseball team emerged from a mediocre pre-season to establish themselves as legitimate contenders in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL). However, the Monarchs squandered a chance to keep the heat on first place Bishop O'Dowd (9-1 in the HAAL) with a 4-3 road loss on April 22 to the Arroyo Dons, a team they'd beaten at home last month.

Arroyo lefthander Greg Boyson was able to outduel Mt. Eden's Stephen LaCombe for the win, but the loss was no reflection on LaCombe's effort - he pitched five innings and allowed only one earned run among the four Arroyo scored in the fourth. Mt. Eden rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth on a leadoff walk by David Contreras, an Arroyo error, a LaCombe single, an Edward Brunelle sacrifice fly, and a two-base error which scored Jose Aramburo and LaCombe. Unfortunately that was all the Monarchs could muster.

Arroyo took over sole possession of second place with an 8-1 win over last place Tennyson (0-10), and at week's end, their 7-2 HAAL record was a half-game ahead of 7-3 Mt. Eden.

Earlier in the week, Tennyson came painfully close to their first league win, blowing a 7-3 fifth inning lead to San Lorenzo, who scored six in the final three innings to win, 9-8. Tennyson's Eddie Huesso had two RBIs, and Mario Williams and AJ Lattimer each had a double and an RBI in the losing cause.

Moreau's Brandon Chamberlain suffered a hard-luck 3-1 loss at home to San Leandro on April 24. Chamberlain pitched a complete game and struck out five, but still wound up as the losing pitcher, despite the fact that none of the three runs he gave up were earned.

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