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April 26, 2011 > Lady Colts remain unbeaten in MVAL

Lady Colts remain unbeaten in MVAL

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

If you want to find out the last time the James Logan Lady Colts have lost a Mission Valley Athletic League contest, prepare to do some deep digging. Like two seasons worth of digging.

It was at the hands of Newark Memorial in the 2009 MVAL Championship game that Logan last tasted an MVAL loss. Since then, there has been no love loss between Logan and the rest of the field. And now after beating Washington 8-1 on April 21, the streak lives on and is now at 19 games.

Up 1-0 after the third inning, Washington pitcher Angie Lombardi appeared to have the Logan lineup in check. Through three innings, Lombardi held the Lady Colts to just one hit and two walks all despite leaving four runners on. The sophomore was showing why the ace of Washington's pitchers. Unfortunately, Washington's defense would prove to be Lombardi's biggest obstacle.

In the fifth, an error by shortstop Mary Morris allowed Kelia Barkow to reach base and opened up the floodgates. Barkow scored on a two-out double from Jazmine Reed.

After a pair of walks to Alexis Martinez and Caley Bonansea loaded the bases. A sure ground out by Melina Rodriguez looked like the end of the inning but a bobble by first baseman Emily Gibson allowed Reed to score and made it 2-1. The inning continued on with the bases still loaded.

Marissa Perez followed Rodriguez with a single that made the game 4-1 after Martinez and courtesy runner Jaymee Gutierrez scored.

Kimberly Goulart tacked on another two before the inning with a triple to deep left. Rodriguez and Perez scored with ease to bring the score to 6-1, but Goulart was caught trying to extend the triple in a home run and the inning was over.

A six-run turnaround by Logan gave pitcher Raeann Garza a big comfort to just let it rip. After getting the lead, Garza shut down nine straight to end the game. She finished with a complete game, struck out 10 and gave up a mere three hits and one earned run.

The Lady Colts tacked on the final two runs of the game in the top of the seventh inning. After a double from Rodriguez put runners on second and third with no outs, Perez lined a come-backer off Lombardi's right knee. The ball bounced toward Morris at short and Perez was out at first but the seventh run crossed the plate. Rodriguez scored the final run on another sacrifice, this time from Barkow.

Washington has now lost three of their last five games, that drops their record to 2-4 in the MVAL. They could rebound with a win over Kennedy on May 3.

The Lady Colts week wasn't over. They beat nonleague opponent San Ramon Valley 4-1 on Friday night and also received their 2010 NCS Championship rings. After another nonleague battle with Arroyo on April 26, Logan will return to MVAL action when they play Irvington on May 3.

Marissa Chapa continues to make her case for not only the top pitcher in MVAL but perhaps in the NCS. Ever since Newark's high-wire loss to Logan on April 13, Chapa has now won two straight decisions with wins over Freedom and Clayton Valley Now American makes three.

In each of these three starts, the junior has broken double digits in the strike out category. In a doubleheader against Freedom and Clayton Valley, she had 11 and 14 strikeouts respectively. In the MVAL game against American, Chapa punched out 12 hitters. After racking up these wins, Chapa is now 13-2 in 2011.

Run support has never been an issue either. In Chapa's last three games, the Newark Memorial offense has produced an average of 5.3 runs. The Lady Eagles were tagged for 12 hits that were spread throughout the Newark lineup. Chapa, a threat at the plate herself, witnessed her teammates pick up on her high energy.

Leadoff hitter Regan Rodriguez set the table and went 2-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Ali Reed followed Rodriguez with a 2-4 day and Erica Contreras provided the scoring pop with a 2-3 stat-line that compiled of a double and three runs batted in. Freshman Laurisa Hernandez proved her worth and tagged American going 2-3 with a double.

Chapa and the Lady Cougars are now 6-1 in the MVAL but still sit one game behind rival Logan. They'll host Salinas High on April 29.

It took an extra two innings but the Mission San Jose Lady Warriors finally earned their first MVAL win.

After Kennedy jumped on pitcher Muntaha Samad for two runs in the top of the first, Mission wasted no time in responded. They struck back in the home half of the first for two runs of their own. Senior Megan McLaughlin led the offense collecting an RBI and a run scored in the first. She'd finish the game 2-3.

The game remained at a stalemate for the rest of the regulation seven innings. Vicky Chang finally put the game to bed with a game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth. She went 1-2 with the biggest hit of the Lady Warriors' season. Samad rebounded quickly from the first inning to go nine innings strong, striking out nine and giving up just two hits in the process.

With this win, Mission has leapfrogged Kennedy to get out of the MVAL basement; they are now 1- 6 and 1-8 overall.

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