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April 21, 2010 > Extra bases: the prep baseball recap

Extra bases: the prep baseball recap

By Nick Zambrano

In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), the hunt for the baseball regular season title could very well be a three-horse race as Newark Memorial, James Logan and Irvington high schools have all held the top spot at one point or another.

Over in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), things aren't the way the teams out there want them to be. Moreau lies at the bottom of the league, while Tennyson and Mt. Eden are trying to get their heads out of the water. Hayward is within a reasonable distance to reach the postseason as they sit in fifth place.

In the Bay Counties League (BCL), it has basically become a two-team race between Fremont Christian (13-2) and the California School for the Deaf (8-2). The two schools have already faced off twice with both wins going to the Warriors of Fremont Christian. The Warriors also have all the momentum going for them as well as they own an eight-game winning streak. The Eagles, however, have a winning streak of their own, this one going for five games.

MISSION VALLEY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
IRVINGTON 6, NEWARK MEMORIAL 13: The Irvington Vikings were handed their first lost in the MVAL when the Cougars of Newark Memorial upended them on Friday, April 16. With the win, the Cougars - 4-0 in MVAL play - jump ahead of Irvington and James Logan in the standings to first place. The Vikings now share second place with Logan at 4-1.

Newark rode a nine-run third inning to the victory, after trailing 2-0 in the first two innings. The Vikings tried to manufacture runs in the late innings, despite having a total of nine hits.

The loss could prove crucial for Irvington as they will not see the Cougars again until quite possibly the league playoffs. However, they could rebound from the loss against John F. Kennedy on April 21 at 4 p.m. The Cougars will play Logan on the same day.

WASHINGTON 4, JAMES LOGAN 5: A four-run rally in the top of the seventh by the Washington Huskies wasn't enough as the Colts just needed two extra innings to come away with the victory. Logan direly needed the victory in order to stay in the hunt for the MVAL regular-season title.

They suffered their first loss in the MVAL on Wednesday, April 14, when Irvington fought them off 6-4. For the Huskies, it marks their third loss within league; they are 10-8 overall. They started the year 7-4 and won their first two league games against Mission San Jose and American.

HAYWARD AREA ATHLETIC LEAGUE
ARROYO 4, HAYWARD 2: The Farmers from Hayward High still find themselves in a familiar place when they lost to the Arroyo High Dons back on April 16. Because of the loss, Hayward is once again right at .500, they are 8-8 overall this year. In the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), they are 3-4.

The Farmers sit in fifth place, two games behind San Leandro High for fourth place in the league. They can make up some ground and make a late push into the postseason when they play the Pirates on April 21.

After the Pirates, Hayward will play the lower ends of the HAAL for the remainder of the month and could very well make up that ground they lost in the beginning of the season.

SAN LORENZO 0, MT. EDEN 15: The Monarchs finally grabbed their second of the year when they defeated San Lorenzo High.

Mt. Eden got things rolling right off the bat, with runs in the first, second and fourth inning. Their biggest surge came in the fourth when they tagged the Rebels for seven runs. Mt. Eden's complete run total for this game is more than they have scored in their last six games: nine.

The Monarchs will look to continue this momentum when the play third place Arroyo High on April 21, at 3:30 p.m.

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO WALDORF 0, FREMONT CHRISTIAN 5: The Warriors have now officially swept Waldorf, taking the season series 2-0. On top of the season sweep, Fremont Christian did not allow a single run.

This time around, Jay Haak carried the big bat for the Warriors going 2-3 with an RBI. He was one of four Fremont Christian hitters with an RBI. Isaac Liston went six innings strong as well, recording five strikeouts and allowing just one hit.

EMERY 1, CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF 11: The Eagles put Emery through short work on Tuesday, April 13, as the game was called after five innings. After staking the win, CSD now brings its BCL record to 5-2, both losses coming from Fremont Christian.

Carlos Lopez went four strong innings and allowed three hits in the mercy-shortened game. Lopez also had himself a day at the plate, going 2-3 collecting a triple and an RBI.

For a complete list of scores and the upcoming schedule, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports Web site at www.tricityvoice.com/sports.

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