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April 29, 2009 > Newark, Irvington continue to lead MVAL baseball

Newark, Irvington continue to lead MVAL baseball

By Gary van den Heuvel

After the mid-season Easter tournaments had finished running their course, the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) baseball teams returned to their regular season league games - and it was business as usual for front-runners, Newark Memorial and Irvington.

Newark Memorial continued to run the MVAL table, with two runaway victories to extend their league record to 9-0. First on the dossier was an April 22 visit to American. The Cougars scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings, cruising to a 15-3 win over the Eagles. There were plenty of contributors to the Newark slugfest, starting with Antone Inciong, whose two hits were a double and a triple, which drove in four (Inciong scored twice himself); the Hudgens boys, Grayson (2 doubles, an RBI and a run) and Ryan (2 hits, 2 RBIs and a run); Bobby Neves (a double and 2 RBIs); and Tri-City Voice Athlete of the Month Cody Zimmerman (1-2, 2 runs scored and an RBI).

The Cougars one-upped that performance two days later, continuing the offensive onslaught with a 16-0 battering of Kennedy. Ryan Deeter (2 RBIs) and Anthony Benavente (1 RBI) each homered for Newark. Neves had two hits, including a double, scored a run and had 2 RBIs; Zimmerman was 2-2 with two doubles, a walk, three runs scored and an RBI; Anthony Sao had two hits, including a double, three RBIs and two runs.

And to cap off their fine week, the Cougars went on the road to beat Burlingame, 3-1, in a non-league contest on Saturday, April 25.

Irvington kept pace with Newark with two wins of their own, and with a league record of 7-1 are 1.5 games behind the Cougars. Pitcher Michael Rogers scattered four hits over six innings to lead the Vikings to a 7-0 win home win over Kennedy. Ross Larson went 3-4 with two runs scored for Irvington, and Jason Laconlale had two hits and 3 RBIs.

Following a non-league 11-3 loss on the road to Clayton Valley, the Vikings dusted Mission San Jose 7-2. Ryan Tella pitched five scoreless innings and struck out six, while going 3-4 from the plate and scoring a run. Christian Weeber had 2 RBIs and Sean Yoshikawa scored twice in the win.

Despite beating Washington 9-2 earlier in the week, Mission fropped from third to fourth place with a 5-4 league record, a half-game behind 5-3 Logan, who shut out Washington, 7-0, on April 21 and added to Kennedy's woes with a 21-4 home victory.

In the MVAL's low-rent district, American (2-7) rebounded from their humbling loss to Newark with a 3-2 win over Washington (1-7). All three of the Eagles runs came in the sixth inning. Amit Shah went 2-4 with a run, Tyler Marks was 1-3 with a run and two RBIs, and Chris Collins was 2-3 with an RBI. Chris Tuma pitched a complete game for American and notched six strikeouts.

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