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May 25, 2010 > Milpitas turnaround season ends

Milpitas turnaround season ends

By Nick Zambrano

In the first round of the CIF Central Coast Section Playoffs, Milpitas High School squared off with the Haybalers from Sen Benito High School. Due to the impressive late season push, the Trojans earned a berth in the 16-team tournament. However, because of their 14-12 regular season mark, Milpitas settled for the no.-15 seed. With the low seed, Milpitas was forced to face second-seeded San Benito.

San Benito finished their regular season at 21-6 overall and were 13-2 in Tri-County League play. The Haybalers mounted numerous win-streaks over the course of the year, but their most impressive dash was a nine-game spread from March 6 to April 8. (The longest streak the Trojans had was five games.)

Unfortunately, Milpitas' trek in the CCS playoffs was short-lived when San Benito put 10 runs on them on Wednesday, May 19. The Trojans came a long way from where they stood in 2009.

In '09, the team saw a season where they gathered a mere seven wins. Even though the ending was a sour one, the Trojans are sure to bask in their improvement.

HAYWARD AREA ATHLETIC LEAGUE

HAYWARD 10, MT. EDEN 2: The Farmers from Hayward High ended the Monarchs' season on a bad note with this eight-run beat down. The boys from Hayward High split their final four games of the season at 2-2. The win completes their regular season record at 10-13, in HAAL play they are 6-9. Mt. Eden did not fair any better with the conclusion to their season, they lost their final two contests. They finished the season 4-19 overall, all four of their victories were also in league play.

ARROYO 8, MOREAU CATHOLIC 2: The Mariners lost their final game of the year when they lost to the Dons of Arroyo High on Friday, May 14. The Dons put up four runs in the sixth inning and never looked back. They added their final four in the top of the seventh. Moreau attempted a comeback but it was thwarted after they scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Mariners scrapped together bits and strings of hits but were unable to get the engine to go full speed. Both runs however, came on solo homers from Kyle Cardana and Brian Hickel. It was Hickel's fourth jack; for Cardana, a senior, it was his first of the season.






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