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April 27, 2010 > Moreau Catholic softball loses again to Bishop O'Dowd

Moreau Catholic softball loses again to Bishop O'Dowd

By Biff Jones
Photos By submitted by Loren Long

Moreau Catholic High School Mariners and Bishop O'Dowd High School Dragons faced off Thursday, April 22, at Larry Standley Field in Hayward in their only Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) encounter this year.

Twelve days earlier the two teams met in the final of the Standley Cup Tournament with the Dragons coming out victorious, 6-0. Both teams had one loss in league play and trailed undefeated Castro Valley High School by a game, so the outcome would keep the victor in the hunt for the HAAL title with the loser falling two games behind.

O'Dowd would get on the board first with single runs in the first and second innings. After an out in the bottom of the second, freshman catcher Leilani Akai singled, her first of four on the day, followed by another single by starting pitcher Alyssa Castillo. Another out followed before junior right fielder Danielle Gaumer loaded the based when she was hit by a pitch. Sophomore third baseman Savanna Ulloa tied the game with a two-run double. Two more hit batsmen plated another run to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead after two.

Both pitchers settled down in the third and fourth innings putting up goose eggs. In the top of the fifth the visitors chased Castillo when she gave up three walks and a bunt single. On came junior Shelby Long who gave up a run-scoring single before getting out of the inning with a strikeout. O'Dowd took a 5-3 lead with the three-run fifth.

With the score still 5-3 into the bottom of the seventh, the Mariners needed a bloop and a blast to tie the score. Following a strikeout, Ulloa followed with the bloop single, her second hit of the day. Another out later brought up senior center fielder Jordan Lewis and Moreau down to its last out. But Lewis was not yet ready to call it a day as she delivered the blast when she hit an inside-the-park homerun by ripping a pitch to the right field fence, 250 feet away, tying the game at five.

O'Dowd answered with three more runs in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, the Mariners would threaten again as they plated a run on two walks, a single and a Dragon error. Bases still loaded and no one out saw the game end on an infield fly and a line drive turned into a double play to give O'Dowd an 8-6, extra-inning victory.

Next day, Friday, April 23, Moreau defeated Mt. Eden High School on the road, 12-0, in five innings called because of the eight-run mercy rule. Long pitched all five innings. Ashley Sylvia, Long and Castillo each had two hits including a double by Castillo. Akai and Castillo both drove in three runs.

In other HAAL action, Mt. Eden also lost at Arroyo High School, 10-0; Tennyson High School hosted Arroyo and lost, 13-1, traveled to Castro Valley and dropped an 11-1 decision, then fell at San Leandro High School, 8-2; Hayward High School lost at home to San Leandro, 9-4, and won on the road over San Lorenzo High School, 3-2.

Angie Purchio took the loss to San Leandro and got the win over San Lorenzo. Purchio and Priscilla Carbajal both had two hits against San Lorenzo with one of Purchio's a double and Carbajal added two RBIs. Against San Leandro, Purchio and Brianna Thompson each had two hits.

In the Mission Valley Athletic League, Mission San Jose High School lost on the road to both American, 15-2, and Washington high schools, 9-1. American also lost at home to Newark Memorial High School, 5-2. Newark lost at James Logan High School, 4-1, while Logan won on the road over John F. Kennedy High School, 10-0.

Bay Counties League (BCL) East I saw Fremont Christian High School lose at home to College Prep High School of Oakland, 10-0. California School for the Deaf won two home games, 15-5 over Liberty Baptist of San Jose and 15-0 against Cornerstone Christian High School of Antioch.

CSD traveled to Austin, Texas, for the Hoy Tournament against other Deaf Schools from around the country on April 22-24. Scores were unavailable at press time. Milpitas of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's (SCVAL) De Anza Division had the week off.

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