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May 18, 2010 > Logan softball wins MVAL

Logan softball wins MVAL

By Biff Jones

Mission Valley Athletic League play last week saw league leaders James Logan High School defeat second place Washington High School at home on Tuesday, May 11, 4-2. Then on Thursday, May 13, the Colts traveled to third place Newark Memorial High School and came away with a hard-fought 4-3 victory.

In the Washington game, Logan starting pitcher Raeann Garza bested the Huskies starter Angelina Lombardi with both pitchers going the distance. Garza gave up four hits, a walk, hit a batter and had four strikeouts while Lombardi yielded six hits, one walk and had four Ks.

Against Newark Memorial, the Colts and Cougars each scored single runs in the first and third innings before the pitchers (Graza for Logan and Marissa Chapa for Newark) took over. While Chapa had to work her way out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, Garza retired nine Cougars in a row.

Laelonie Zamora smashed a two-run shot over the centerfield fence, giving the Colts a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh Erica Contreras closed the gap to 4-3 with a lead off homerun. Garza retired the cougars with two runners on to secure the one-run win.

This week Logan will play host to the MVAL playoffs. On Tuesday, May 18, No.-2 seed Washington plays No.-3 seed Newark at 4 p.m. while No.-1 Logan plays No.-4 American at 6 p.m. Winners play on Thursday, May 20, for the MVAL Championship.

Hayward Area Athletic League play last Tuesday saw Moreau Catholic High School host and defeat Hayward High School, 12-0, while Tennyson High School lost at home to San Lorenzo High School, 3-0. Thursday's games had Hayward lose at Arroyo High School, 10-0, and Moreau win at San Leandro High School, 6-0.

On Friday Arroyo traveled to Larry Standley Field in Hayward to take on Moreau. Arroyo scored a run in the first for a 1-0 lead. After three scoreless innings, the Mariners broke it open with a six-run bottom of the fourth.

Arroyo would score single runs in the fifth and seventh innings while Moreau got a run in the sixth for a 7-3 victory. Alyssa Castillo got the win to improve to 10-1 on the year. Castillo struggled with her control giving up seven walks while striking out one, but held Arroyo to just five singles.

HAAL has no post season playoff so most of the teams have this week off as they await the NCS draw and seedings taking place on Sunday, May 23. Moreau is the only team from the city of Hayward that will qualify for NCS, likely to be a high seed in the Division III tourney.

Bay Counties League (BCL)-last week saw California School for the Deaf win two road games; 15-0 against Oakland Military Institute (OMI) and 25-2 vs. Cornerstone Christian High School of Antioch. Meanwhile, Fremont Christian High School beat OMI twice; 17-16 at home and 13-9 on the road.

BCL will have an eight-team playoff this week, beginning Tuesday, May 18, with the winner getting the automatic NCS bid. Fremont Christian travels to Head-Royce for its first-round match, while CSD heads to Redwood Christian. Both games are slated for 4 p.m. first pitches.

For updates on league tournament playoffs and NCS seedings, check the TCV sports website,

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