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March 15, 2011 > Prep diamond sports update

Prep diamond sports update

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

If early results are any indication, the Mission Valley Athletic League could be a highly competitive season, as several of the local baseball squads are fattening up against non-conference opponents.

Defending MVAL champion James Logan High School remains the only MVAL team without a loss (as of March 13), running their record to 4-0 with two wins last week. Brandon Lamm provided much of the lumber in the Colts' 5-4 win over Galena High School, with four RBIs on two doubles. Pascual Flores had two hits including a double, scored a run and drove in one in the Logan win.

Brandon Yau contributed another strong pitching performance, picking up the victory in Logan's 4-2 win against Foothill later in the week.

John F. Kennedy High School saw their early-season winning streak come to an end, but not before a 26-0 annihilation against De Anza. Kennedy's first loss of the season came to another streaking opponent, the Moreau Catholic Mariners, by a score of 5-4, after Kennedy overcame an early 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Moreau put the game-winner on the board in the bottom of the seventh.

JFK pitcher Jacob Dithomas put his team on the board with a two-run homer in the fourth. Moreau was led by Richard L'heureux, who went 3-4 and Ronald Zelaya, who drove in four, including the game-winner.

Newark Memorial finished the week with a 4-1 record, bouncing back from a 9-4 defeat to Alameda with a 5-4 win over Foothill. Jordan Munoz was 3-4, with an RBI. Alex Roque had a double, scored a run, and drove in a run.

Mission San Jose continued to depend on both the arm and bat of Matt Imhof, who pitched a complete game, 3-0 shutout against San Lorenzo (March 9). Imhof struck out 12 batters, and provided his own run support with two hits and a run scored. Brandon Fuhs, Kevin Roche and Patrick Yang each contributed an RBI for the Warriors. MSJ ended the week with a 4-2 record following an 8-0 loss to Deer Valley (March 12).

In the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), Moreau Catholic High School is the early front-runner with a 4-0 non-conference record. Following the Mariners' 5-4 win over Kennedy, their high-octane offense was in full force, scoring seven runs in the first two innings of a 14-1 thumping of Brookside Christian-Stockton. Bret Adami had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Brian Hickel had two hits and two runs, and Zelaya contributed two RBIs in the rout.

Further down the HAAL standings, the Mount Eden Monarchs continued to struggle, dropping an 11-1 decision to Livermore. Hayward High School got into the win column with a 10-6 victory over Valley Christian-Dublin. Tennyson High School also put up double digits in a 10-0 skunking of Oakland High School.

In the Bay Counties League (BCL), California School for the Deaf continued its early season struggles with two losses last week. The first one was a heartbreaker, as CSD squandered an early 3-0 lead but gave up one run in each of the last four innings to lose 4-3 to Pescadero.

Michael Soudakoff (2B, 2R), Christian Reyes (RBI) and Carlos Lopez (2B, R) each had two knocks for CSD, and Paul Padilla drove in two runs in the losing effort. Later in the week, CSD suffered another hard-luck loss, 10-8 to Bentley, who broke a tie with two runs in the top of the seventh.

In softball, Milpitas High School lost all three of its games last week -- 4-3 to Christopher High on March 8; 6-3 to Evergreen Valley High on March 10; and 5-1 to Leland on March 12. They are now 2-5 on the young season.

In MVAL action, Mission San Jose looked lackluster in a 10-0 defeat to Alameda. Washington High topped Granada in their first game of the week, March 10, 7-4. But the Lady Huskies followed that win with losses in consecutive days, March 11 to Antioch (9-0) and March 12 to Monte Vista (15-10).

James Logan went 1-1 last week, topping Castro Valley 2-1 on March 11, that in a rebounding effort from their March 8, 4-3 loss to Amador Valley. Irvington had a tough time of it at last week, losing contests to Arroyo (11-0), Berkeley (3-1) and Granada (12-0). Meanwhile, Newark Memorial remained unbeaten with wins over Liberty (6-0 on March 7) and Foothill (2-1 on March 10) last week. And John F. Kennedy lost to Moreau Catholic 5-3.

In HAAL play, Tennyson looked superb in an 11-0 rout of San Leandro. In BCL play, Fremont Christian dominated Valley Christian 20-4 after losing earlier in the week to Calistoga, 5-3.

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