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May 4, 2010 > Prep baseball recap

Prep baseball recap

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

May signifies the end of the baseball season is approaching. In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), the situation still remains the same with James Logan sitting at the top of the mountain with the usual suspects clawing to get their spot.

In the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), things are still stuck in a stalemate, with all four of our local prep teams hanging around at the bottom of the barrel. However, they still are stringing together some wins along the way. In the Bay Counties League (BCL) and the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) both of our local squads continue to make a lot of noise.

AMERICAN 3, JAMES LOGAN 4: It's four straight for John Goulding's boys at James Logan when they slipped past the American Eagles in extra innings. Initially, the Eagles maintained the game's lead until Logan cracked the scoreboard in the fourth to make it 3-1. It wasn't until the sixth that Logan tied the game up to force extra frames.

The win solidifies Logan as the top squad in the MVAL, where they now sit at 14-5, 7-1. They stand one game over rivals Newark Memorial (11-7, 6-1) and Irvington (12-9,7-2). The Colts tried to keep the streak going against Clayton Valley on Monday, May 3 (results of that game were unavailable at press time). On May 5, Logan will face Mission San Jose High School.

iRVINGTON 1, WASHINGTON 5: The Huskies (12-9, 6-3) keep improving on their year as they knocked the Irvington Vikings off on Friday, April 30, in a battle of top teams in the MVAL. All it took for the Huskies were three runs in the first and two in the second to come away with a win. Irvington pitcher Mark Mathias faired decently against the Huskies' lineup as he only gave three hits.

The Vikings did muster some offense as they tallied four hits. Jason Lacanlale was Irvington's biggest threat, going 2-4. But it was Eric Bettencourt that scored the team's only run. The loss also snaps a three-game winning streak that the Vikings had going.

They'll try to rebound from the Washington when they host American on Wednesday, May 5. As for the Huskies, they'll have another test on their hands when they face Newark Memorial on the same day.

MOREAU CATHOLIC 5, HAYWARD 3: The Moreau Catholic Mariners took down fourth place Hayward High on Friday, April 30. The Mariners upped their record and more importantly, got themselves out of the league cellar with the victory. It also marks the first win in six games for Moreau; for the Farmers, they have not won a game since Tennyson High on April 15.

Moreau will close the season out against Castro Valley High on Tuesday, May 4. The Farmers will attempt to rebound on May 4 when they host Mt. Eden High.

FREMONT CHRISTIAN 16, EMERY 0: The Warriors continue to roll through the Bay Counties League and have yet to be truly tested. Both cases remained true when they ran through Emery on April 30.

Fremont Christian had three batters with two or more hits. Isaiah Liston went a perfect 2-2 with two runs scored to get things warmed up. Freshman Ryan Wood had himself a day, going 3-4 with four RBIs. Senior Jay Haak had a career day as well, collecting a season-high five RBIs.

FREMONT 8, MILPITAS 5: Despite losing in a closely contested battle, the Trojans from Milpitas found themselves catapulted in to second place in the El Camino Division after beating Fremont High, 2-0, two days earlier on April 27. Unfortunately the loss keeps Milpitas (10-10, 7-4) a game back from league leader Mountain View High Spartans.

The Spartans have held the top spot in league play for a majority of the season and hold an overall record of 15-8 and a league record of 8-4. Mountain View also holds the series league of Milpitas at two games to one. The Trojans' lone win against the Spartans came on March 30, when they narrowly escaped, 7-5.

Milpitas will most likely not have another shot at Mountain View until the league playoffs. Until then, the Trojans have five more games remaining on their schedule, two at home and three on the road. First on the agenda, the Trojans will host lowly Santa Clara on Tuesday, May 4. After that, they'll hit the road for three straight games.

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