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May 10, 2011 > Newark Memorial upsets Mission San Jose

Newark Memorial upsets Mission San Jose

By Kevin Yin

Newark Memorial High School's baseball team threatened to shake up the Mission Valley Athletic League standings this past week -- Monday, May 2, to Sunday, May 8 -- with a resounding 14-4 victory over the MVAL's second place team, Mission San Jose.

Newark came into the May 6 contest with Mission swinging the bats as well as they had all season; in their two previous games, the Cougars logged a total of 33 runs. They stayed hot against Mission, torching the Warriors' talented senior pitcher Matt Imhof. Senior Jeremy Vancil led the charge for Newark, going 4-4 with four RBIs, while sophomore shortstop Erick De La Pena went 2-5 with two RBIs.

The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Warriors, who had defeated American 10-1 earlier in the week. Mission is still in second in the MVAL standings with a 15-6 overall record and 6-3 in league play. Newark, who has now won three straight MVAL games, managed to slide up a spot, jumping into fourth place at 12-8 overall, 4-4 in conference.

MVAL's top team, the James Logan Colts, suffered a rare loss to nonleague foe Clayton Valley on May 7 in a match-up of two of the best teams in the Bay Area. Clayton Valley senior Jeff Doran was dominant, pitching a no-hitter against the Colts with only three walks and six strikeouts.

Despite having only an 8-8-1 overall record, Irvington has managed to hold onto third place in the league standings. The Vikings were beaten by Logan, 4-1, on May 4, but bounced back with an 11-5 victory over Kennedy on May 6.

Washington had been gathering some momentum having won their previous five games, but the Huskies stumbled this week, dropping two out of three including a key 4-3 loss to conference rival American in a game where the Huskies entered the final inning with a 3-1 lead.

American and Washington are now tied for fifth place in the league standings with 4-5 records in conference play. Next week will go a long way in determining Washington's fortunes, as the Huskies have a pair of tough games against MVAL foes in Mission and Newark.

Kennedy's season of futility continued this week, with one-sided losses to conference fellows Washington (8-0) and Irvington. Kennedy is now 0-9 in league play (8-12 overall), and has only three more opportunities to escape a winless conference season. Unfortunately, their next conference game is against Logan on May 11, a match in which the Titans are unlikely to turn around their fortunes.

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