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March 10, 2010 > Prep baseball recap

Prep baseball recap

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By William Mancebo

It's that time of the year again where the spikes are getting thrown on and the gloves get broken in. Yes, baseball is back. The season is still quite fresh and it's still a long way from league play but the action is still there.

Newark Memorial will look to repeat as the regular season Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) champs but will also have to look out for the Irvington Vikings who were hot on the Cougars' tail last season.

In the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), Hayward, Moreau Catholic, Mt. Eden and Tennyson will try to break away from the middle of the pack and look to make a stand against the hierarchy of Bishop O'Dowd, Castro Valley and Arroyo.

In the other leagues around the East and South Bay, Fremont Christian is looking to repeat as Bay Counties League champs. However, they will need to look back at for the California School for the Deaf Eagles, who finished right behind them in the standings. Both teams were separated by just a three-game margin.

Here's a look at what has been happening thus far:

AMERICAN 4, HAYWARD 0: American outplayed the Farmers of Hayward (0-1) last week in their season opener. First baseman Chris Collins set the tone for the American bats, as he went 2-2 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Maurice Miranda also got into the mix going 2-3 with a run scored.

Chris Tuma was equally dominant on the mound for the Eagles. The senior threw only three innings but managed to strike out seven and give up two hits in the process.

MT. EDEN 1, AMERICAN 2: American edged out the Monarchs of Mt. Eden on Saturday, March 6. The Eagles actually trailed going into its half of the fifth innings, but a run each in the fifth and sixth were enough for them to notch American's second win on the year.

Tuma only pitched one and a third innings but earned his second win on the year. He had three strikeouts. Josh Bell started the game for the Eagles but saw his biggest production come at the plate where he was 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

Up next for American will be Marin Catholic High School in the Dougherty Valley Preseason Classic on Saturday, March 13.

FOOTHILL 5, JAMES LOGAN 6: After opening up the year on a sour note with a 2-0 loss to Serra, the James Logan Colts rebounded quickly and edged out Foothill High on Monday, March 1. Despite being out-hit 14-4, Logan still managed to get its record even at 1-1. Aeryk Hernandez was perfect at the plate going 2-2 with two runs scored. After coming into relieve Brandon Yau, Pascual Flores notched the win, going to two and a third.

The Colts will continue to attempt a turnaround from last year's 10-15 record when they travel to Amador Valley on Wednesday, March 10.

PINOLE VALLEY 1, NEWARK MEMORIAL 2: After seeing defeat at the gloves and bats of De La Salle High School on Thursday, March 4, the Cougars of Newark Memorial were quick to rebound. They squeaked by the Spartans on Friday, March 5, to boost its record to 2-1.

Newark will stay at home for two more games before heading to Pleasanton to play Foothill. On Wednesday, March 10, Newark will play host to Granada High and then on the Friday, March 12, the Cougars host Hayward High. Both games will start at 3:30 p.m.

MISSION SAN JOSE 13, FREMONT CHRISTIAN 3: It was the battle of the Warriors when Mission San Jose and Fremont Christian got together on Thursday, March 4. The one-sided loss was exactly what the doctor ordered for Mission as they improved the pop in the lineup with its 13-run output. Fremont Christian, on the other hand, will most likely shake off the dust from the beat down when they play host to the California School for the Deaf on Wednesday, March 10. The Warriors of MSJ will try to keep the bats hot on Friday, March 12, when they travel to Granada High.

PIEDMONT 11, MOREAU CATHOLIC 3: The Mariners of Moreau Catholic High are still trying to get into the swing of things after their loss at the hands of Piedmont. The loss pits Moreau at 0-2. A chance at redemption will come on Wednesday, March 10, as they stroll down to Fremont to face the lowly Titans of John F. Kennedy High School. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

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