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June 8, 2010 > Logan baseball season comes to a halt in NCS

Logan baseball season comes to a halt in NCS

By Nick Zambrano

After making a deep run into the North Coast Section Division I tournament, the James Logan High Colts met an abrupt end on Wednesday, June 2. Amador Valley High School played the role of spoiler, beating the Colts, 5-1, in the NCS baseball semifinal match-up.

Logan - the no. 4 seed - warranted the semifinal game after ripping off wins against Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) combatants Arroyo and Bishop O'Dowd high schools. Thirteenth-seeded Arroyo was blasted, 14-2, on May 26. The Dons came into that contest on a heater, winning five of their prior seven games. The Colts, on the other hand, came in to the contest having won their last 11 games. Needless to say, momentum was clearly riding high with the Colts.

Before the game was officially called in the sixth inning, Logan had ripped off runs in every inning except for the fifth. They produced four runs twice, once in the fourth and again in the sixth. The biggest offensive surge, however, came off the big bats of Aeryk Hernandez, Joe Armstrong and Alex Abeyta with their homerun shots. The dynamic duo of Hernandez and Armstrong finished the game with a combined three RBIs. Abeyta finished with three runs batted in of his own.

Logan had a little bit more on their plates when they squared off with the Dragons from Bishop O'Dowd, but still pulled out the victory on May 28, 5-4.

The Colts would win this one in walk-off fashion, scoring the winning run in the final half of the seventh inning. Armstrong and Abeyta led the charge once again for Logan, each notching another homer under their NCS belt.

Abeyta finished the contest with his solo shot and an RBI. Armstrong completed the contest going 2-4, he also had a double and two runs batted in. The homer was Armstrong's team-leading fourth of the year.

Their walk-off win marked 13 straight victories, it also happened to be just their fourth, one-run win.

After trouncing their HAAL opponents, the Colts would have their biggest test to date, the top-seeded Amador Valley Dons. With the pop that Armstrong, Abeyta and Hernandez had provided, the Colts were chuck-full of confidence going into battle with the 21-3 Dons.

Both teams had met previously during the regular season with Amador Valley playing the victor, 6-1. Alas, the result remained the same on this go-round for Logan. The bats were silenced and held to six hits; the pitching was ripped for seven hits. Dons' pitcher Nick Piscotty tossed a complete game and threw only 83 pitches.

Logan found the scoreboard with their lone run in the fifth to make it 2-1. Be that as it may, Amador Valley retorted in their half of the inning with another run to bring the contest to 3-1. The Dons would add another two runs in the later frames to bring the game to the final score.

While the season is now over for the Colts, they now have a lot to look back upon. First and foremost, the thing that stands out the most was the 13-game win streak that started right before MVAL play and carried them all the way to the NCS semis. Armstrong finished the year leading the team with four big blasts and was second in RBIs with 18, all in spite of the fact that he only played 12 games.

Another notable fact about the Colts is that four of the eight pitchers on staff have recorded a sub-2 ERA. Brandon Yau was the anchor of the staff; he racked up 10 wins on the year to go along with his 1.88 ERA.

Their semifinal opponent, Amador Valley, would finish out their year on a more solid note as they went on to beat Foothill High to win the NCS Division I Championships on Saturday, June 5, by a commanding score of 12-1.

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