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March 8, 2011 > Prep diamond sports in full swing

Prep diamond sports in full swing

By Gary van den Heuvel and Giovanni Albanese Jr.
Photos By Mike Heightchew

James Logan High School's baseball team came flying out of the gates as the 2011 season began, battering Serra High School 10-1 in their home opener. Winning pitcher Brandon Yau was more effective than he needed to be, considering the offensive support he received. Yau gave up one earned run on one hit in five innings.

Michael Johnson was 4-4 with an RBI. Jason Puckett (2 RBIs), Brandon Lamm (3 RBIs) and Alex Abeyta (RBI, R, 2B) each had two hits.

Logan needed their pitching later in the week, eking out a 2-1 win over Arroyo. Joe Armstrong was outstanding, scattering three hits, giving up one run and striking out six. The Colts' runs came courtesy of Abeyta (1-3, RBI) and Alex Martinez (1-2, RBI).

Elsewhere in the Mission Valley Athletic League, John F. Kennedy High School extended their early season undefeated streak to 4-0 in non-conference play, starting the week with a 5-1 win over Concord. Starting pitcher DiThomas picked up the victory, and helped his cause with 2 RBIs. Anthony Babb tripled, and Steven Ruiz was 2-3. Kennedy finished the week with a 10-4 spanking of Terra Linda High School.

American High School bounced back from an ugly 14-1 loss to Arroyo by stomping Hayward High School, 10-2. Max Basilio went 2-3 for the Eagles (1-1), with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Kris Cruz had two hits and drove in a run, and Christian Jesperson had two hits and 2 RBIs.

Mission San Jose High School started the season with three wins, including last week's 7-5 win over the struggling Hayward Farmers, still winless at week's end (0-3). The Warriors were able to overcome a five-run second inning by Hayward, led in part by Matt Imhoff's performance at the plate (3B, 2 RBIs). Imhoff was also masterful on the mound in a 3-1 win over San Leandro High, notching 12 strikeouts in the complete-game win. MSJ's early season momentum stalled out at week's end, as they lost 6-4 at Pittsburg High School.

A four-run fourth lifted Irvington High School to a 6-5 win over Livermore. Jake Koch had four RBIs for the Vikings.

Washington High School's bats were dormant in early season play, as the Huskies saw their record evened at 2-2 with consecutive shutout losses, 4-0 to Monte Vista; 2-0 to De La Salle. Chad Messier was the hard-luck losing pitcher in the duel against De La Salle.

Newark Memorial's Chris Flexen turned in a stellar performance in the Cougars' 3-1 win over Granada High School. Flexen went the distance, giving up just one unearned run and striking out eight batters.

In the Bay Counties League Fremont Christian had a feast-or-famine week. The Warriors jumped all over BCL rival California School for the Deaf in back-to-back games, 15-0 in their opener, and 18-6 the next day (March 2). Isaac Liston was beastly in both wins, as the winning pitcher in the opener, and hitting a combined 4-6 with a triple, five RBIs and three runs scored. Ryan Wood, who drove in two in the opener, was also a big contributor.

But baseball can be a funny game, and this truism was borne out when Redwood Christian put a 15-0 hurting on Fremont Christian at week's end.

A few miles north, Moreau Catholic High School started their 2011 campaign in impressive fashion, shutting out Piedmont 16-0, and following that up with a 4-0 victory over Encinal. Four players -- Brian Hickel (4 hits, RBI, 2R), Bret Adami (3 hits, 4 RBIs, R), Ronald Zelaya (3 RBIs, 2R) and Daniel Aguirre (2 RBIs, 2R) -- contributed 11 hits in the rout over Piedmont.

Meanwhile on the softball diamond, there was less action going on a week ago. In a match-up featuring HAAL's Moreau Catholic and MVAL's Newark Memorial, the MVAL got the best of the match, winning 3-0. Regan Rodriguez sparked the Lady Cougars offense with a two-run single in the fifth to seal the game. Marissa Chapa won the game, striking out 15 batters. Alyssa Castillo of Moreau Catholic struck out six.

On Thursday, March 3, Moreau Catholic bounced back from the loss to Newark when they went up to San Rafael and blew out the home team 8-1. Shelby Long threw a complete game, striking out nine in the win. Leilani Akai went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs; Kyra Kawasaki went 3-4 with an RBI. Long, Jessica Marin and Rebecca Quintero also had RBIs for Moreau.

In other local softball action, Washington High topped San Ramon Valley on the road, 4-3 in eight innings. San Ramon Valley pushed across the tying run to force extra innings, but Washington scored in their first at bat in the extras to take a 4-3 lead that they'd hold onto for the win. Angelina Lombardi struck out 13, dominating on the mound. Lindsay Carroll had two RBIs to lead the Lady Huskies offense. Also, Redwood Christian topped Fremont Christian 6-5 on March 2; on March 1, Milpitas High went to Harbor High and came away with a 5-3 win.

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