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April 19, 2011 > Mariners hanging on in HAAL

Mariners hanging on in HAAL

By Gary van den Heuvel

While it still may be too early to classify last week's games as do-or-die situations for Moreau Catholic High School's baseball team, nonetheless, last week was a pivotal one for the Mariners. Any missteps could have put Moreau into a deep hole in the Hayward Area Athletic League, where Bishop O'Dowd is threatening to lap the field.

The Mariners were up to the task, riding their potent offense to two league wins. Moreau unloaded first on Mt. Eden High School, spanking the Monarchs 9-1 (April 13). Moreau opened the game with a four-run first inning and didn't look back. Ronald Zelaya homered and drove in four for the victors, but the Mariners spread the wealth, with two-hit games from Michael Temple (who also scored three runs), Brian Hickel and Daniel Aguirre. Richard L'Heureux drove in two runs.

Another four-run first inning, this time against Tennyson (April 14), kept the Mariner momentum rolling, but this time Moreau needed all the offense they could muster to hold off the Lancers 10-8. Brett Adami had two hits and scored twice, and teammates Zelaya (4-4, 3 RBIs, 2 R) and L'Heureux (2 H, 3 R) stayed red hot. David Souto contributed two hits and drove in three for the Mariners, who got a scare when Tennyson scored four times in the seventh inning.

Moreau's two wins lifted them into a third-place tie with Mt. Eden, both schools sporting 3-2 HAAL records. Perched in first is O'Dowd at 7-0, trailed by Arroyo (4-1). Further down the standings is Hayward High School (1-3), who ran into the O'Dowd buzz-saw in an 8-1 loss. Tennyson High School (0-3) has yet to win a league contest.

Moreau softball is in a similar scenario as their baseball counterparts, in third place with a 3-2 league record. Last week, the Mariners split their two games, first getting shut out 7-0 by first place Castro Valley (6-0 HAAL). The Moreau bats were dormant against the Trojans save for Jessica Marin and Alyssa Castillo, who each singled twice. Aside from that, Moreau couldn't manage any extra base hits.

The Mariners bounced back with an 11-1 road win at Tennyson High. Castillo was lights-out on the mound, notching 10 strikeouts. Marin had three hits and scored three runs, and Shelby Long tripled, scored a run, and drove in four.

Castro Valley's reign of terror continued in a mercy rule-shortened 21-1 skunking of Tennyson, whose second loss of the week dropped them into fifth place with a 2-3 record. Hayward High School's woes continued with an 11-1 loss to Bishop O'Dowd.

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