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May 25, 2010 > Colts hold off Irvington for playoff crown

Colts hold off Irvington for playoff crown

By David J. Nicolas
Photos By Mike Heightchew

James Logan High School entered the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) Shaughnessy baseball playoffs with momentum on its side. The team strung together nine consecutive victories and eventually earned the number one seed in the four-team tournament. But home field advantage and an early fourth-seed foe didn't keep the Colts' eyes from peering into the rear view mirror.

The number two seed, Irvington High School, had gone 7-3 in its last 10 games before the post season. In those 10 match-ups, the Vikings beat opponents by narrow two or three-run margins while it averaged just four runs per game during the season. Irvington split the season series against Logan, 1-1. This April 14 victory against the Colts was the single dent that prevented Logan from having a flawless season against MVAL teams, and it was last time Logan lost before its longest winning streak of this season.

The Colts didn't allow another April hiccup. In a close championship game on its home turf, Logan defeated Irvington, 6-5, on Friday, May 21, for the MVAL Shaughnessy post-season title.

Every time the Colts, the assigned visiting team scored a run in the top of an inning, the Vikings answered right back. In the fourth inning, Irvington's two-spot gave it a one-run lead with a score of 3-2. Both teams scored a run in the sixth inning, but Logan's two-run top of the seventh was enough to edge its opponents.

Newark Memorial, the number three seed, and fourth-seeded Washington were ousted earlier in the tournament. Despite an impressive 13-6 win against Irvington last month, the Cougars dropped their last two games against the Vikings by a score of 3-2 in each game. Newark Memorial finished 8-3 against teams in the MVAL.

Washington also finished 8-3 against league opponents. The Huskies beat five MVAL teams in a row just before the MVAL playoffs, but it had no answer for Logan who had beaten the Huskies in two regular season meetings this year.

All four MVAL tourney teams will take part in the North Coast Section DI tournament. Logan, as the fourth seed, will host 13th-seeded Arroyo on Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m.; 12th-seeded Irvington will go to fifth-seeded Bishop O'Dowd on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. first pitch; 14th-seeded Newark goes to third-seeded San Ramon Valley at Tuesday, May 25, first pitch at 5 p.m.; and Washington, as the 15th seed, goes to second-seeded Foothill for Tuesday, May 25, 5 p.m. first-round showdown.

Log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website at www.sports.tricityvoice.com for scores of all the first-round NCS match-ups.

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