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May 17, 2011 > Logan's Bonansea gets her swing back

Logan's Bonansea gets her swing back

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Caley Bonansea was due. After going 1-3 in back-to-back games against John F. Kennedy and Concord, the James Logan catcher was left searching for the pop that has made her one of the fiercest hitters in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) softball division.

Coming into Thursday's contest with American, Bonansea was leading the MVAL with two home runs and 23 runs batted in. Aside from that, she was also third in the league with a slugging percentage of .593, barely trailing teammates Alexis Martinez and Jazmine Reed.

In Logan's Thursday 7-2 win over the Lady Eagles, Bonansea's bat awoke from it's slumber. The sophomore caught fire and tagged American pitcher Christine Thompson for a career day. Bonansea finished 3-3, with three RBIs, two runs scored and fell a homer short of the cycle.

"Before I was too out in front but I just was trying to see the ball and that's what's taken me so far this year," Bonansea said.

Bonansea kicked things off in the first inning when she tripled in Jaymee Gutierrez and Alexis Martinez for the game's first runs. The Logan clean-up hitter sparked another scoring stretch with a one-out single in the third inning that advanced Martinez to second. Melina Rodriguez didn't keep her Logan teammates waiting on the bases very long as she took a 1-1 delivery from Thompson for a follow-up triple to right center. Martinez and Bonansea scored to make it 4-0 in favor of the Lady Colts. Rodriguez would score the final run of the inning when Kimberly Goulart grounded out to second.

American, however, would not go down without a fight. In their half of the fourth, the Lady Eagles rocked Logan pitcher Raeann Garza for four consecutive hits and scratched two runs across the plate. Alicia Madrigal brought in the first run with the third straight single of the inning before she scored the second run on a double by catcher Andrea Collins.

Bonansea was at it again in the Lady Colts' half of the fifth. It was her line drive double to left center that brought Martinez across the plate again to make it a 6-2 ball game. Martinez would finish the game 2-2 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. The slugging Bonansea scored the game's final run when she scored on a sacrifice fly from Goulart.

Crossing off American for the second time this season brings Logan's 2011 MVAL record to 10-0 and also matches their longest winning streak of the year at seven games. Their MVAL winning streak has now spilled over to 22 games.

With three games crossed off the docket this week, the Lady Colts will now turn their attention to their second tango with the Newark Memorial Lady Cougars. Logan won the first contest in thrilling fashion but feel that they are ready to square off with ace Marissa Chapa again, who struck out 11 in the first meeting. The sequel to Newark versus Logan will take place in Newark on May 17, first pitch is set for 4 p.m.

After this dismantling of the Lady Vikings, the Newark Memorial Lady Cougars have now rang up eight straight wins.

The wins have come in impressive style as well. In these last eight games, Newark has averaged 8.3 runs a game. Continuing to impress, the pitching staff - led by Marissa Chapa - have held opponents scoreless in the last three games. The Lady Cougars have cracked 10 or more runs in each of those three games as well.

Proving that she is just as dominant at the plate, Chapa swung the big bat with a 3-4 performance logged with a triple, double and an RBI. In the circle, she held Irvington to only two hits.

Outfielder Maria Jimenez returned to the lineup after some time away, she went 3-4 and collected a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs. In addition, freshman Regan Rodriguez continues to be a superb table setter. The Newark lead-off hitter slapped two doubles in a 2-4 outing that also included a run scored.

Now 9-1 in the MVAL, the Lady Cougars will now turn their attention to Logan and breaking some of their streaks. If Newark is able to prevail against the Lady Colts, both teams will be tied for first place in the standings with one game remaining our each of their schedules.

The Lady Huskies rode the momentum from pitcher Angie Lombardi's performance in the shut out against Mission San Jose. The sophomore had what was perhaps her best outing of the season, recording 12 strikeouts and surrendering just two hits and one walk.

It is the fifth time in the 2011 season that she has eclipsed double digits. In her first outing of the season, Lombardi punched out 13 in a win against San Ramon Valley. She gave up just three runs in that game. It is also the second game in a row. that she reached 10 or more strike outs; she beat John F. Kennedy with 11 strike outs on May 3.

After striking for a pair of runs in the second and fifth innings, Washington struck it rich in their half of the sixth inning. Senior Rachel Whitaker led the hit brigade for the Lady Huskies; she went 3-4 with two RBIs. Also getting involved in the mix was slugger Mary Morris, who notched the game's only extra base hit with her triple. She also had two RBIs to go along with it.

Washington remains in third place behind Logan and Newark in the MVAL; they boast a 5-6 record. With Mission crossed off, the Lady Huskies have been winners in three of their last four games. They'll try to close out the year strong when they travel to Irvington on May 19.

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