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March 29, 2011 > Softball fits in few games amidst rainy week

Softball fits in few games amidst rainy week

By Nick Zambrano
Photos By Mike Heightchew

One thing that separates softball and baseball from other sports is the weather. While sports like football and soccer can hold contests in the rain, it is extremely difficult and even dangerous to play a diamond game in a down pour.

Bats can fly out of a hitter's hands, balls can land in the mud and not budge and the line of sight can be vastly altered to the point where a player can get hurt. It could be fun to play, but player safety is the most important key.

Due to the recent string of bad weather, the Mission Valley Athletic League has been forced to postponed and even cancel a few games scheduled for the past few weeks. If this weather continues with the MVAL starting league play next week, more games will likely be postponed and rescheduled. Nonleague games are more likely to get cancelled because they are not reflected in the league's win-loss column.

Despite all of that, some teams had the luck of not having any games scheduled during these storms, while others have been fortunate enough to get enough sunlight to get their games in.

Caley Bonansea played the role of the hero in Logan's narrow victory over the Monte Vista Mustangs. The sophomore catcher hit a crucial three-run homer in the top of the seventh that helped prevent a possible comeback from the Mustangs.

Heading into the final frame up 4-3, Logan was in need of some additional run support with the minimal lead in their hands. Bonansea's blast proved to be just enough as Monte Vista was able to tag Logan hurler Raeann Garza for two more runs in the home half of the final inning. If it were not for that home run, the Lady Colts may have very well received their second loss of the season.

Bonansea was a perfect 3-3 with five runs batted in and a run scored. Shortstop Jasmine Reed provided some extra punch going 2-3 and crossing the plate two times. In spite of giving up 15 hits, Garza still went the complete game and surrendered only four earned runs. She has pitched every game Logan has played this season and has compiled a 2-1 record.

With the nonleague games out of the way, the Lady Colts will finally begin the defense of their MVAL championship. Up first on the agenda, a March 29 game at home against Washington High.

Newark Memorial's season opening winning streak almost came to a halt in this nail biter against Granada. They are now 6-0 on the year. In the six games this year, the Lady Cougars' pitching has held opponents to 0.5 runs per game. Their offense, on the other hand, is getting solid production throughout the entire lineup. Newark is currently averaging 5.8 runs in every contest. On top of that, they lead the MVAL in total runs scored with 35. The Lady Cougars will put that streak on the line when they finally open up MVAL play at American High on March 29. First pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.

The Lady Eagles bounced back from their 6-4 loss to Arroyo High on March 17 with this shutout of the Pirates from San Leandro High. American also had the honor of being the first team to put a notch in San Leandro's loss column this season. It also marks the first time that the Lady Eagles have held a team scoreless in the 2011 campaign. American is now 4-2 entering league play and will look to build some momentum off of this game when they host the streaking Newark Memorial Lady Cougars on March 29.

For the complete softball schedule heading into MVAL play this week -- as well as scores for all high school sports -- log onto the TCV Sports website,

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