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June 7, 2011 > San Marin drops Moreau in NCS tourney

San Marin drops Moreau in NCS tourney

By Biff Jones

After upsetting El Cerrito High School, 6-1, in the first round of the Division III North Coast Section (NCS) baseball playoffs, the No. 9 seeded Moreau Catholic High School Mariners traveled to Novato last Tuesday, May 31, to take on No.1 seed San Marin High School Mustangs (the game was originally scheduled for May 28; postponed due to weather).

Mariner ace Aaron Acosta started for Moreau, opposed by San Marin ace Nick Driscoll. Not only was Driscoll making his first appearance in a game since May 12, but this would be the first time all year the Mustangs would use metal bats (they had been using wooden ones).

Unfortunately for head coach Ceasar Brown, he found his Mariners facing a pitcher in Driscoll who had all of his pitches working - despite the layoff - as MC sent the minimum 12 batters to the plate through the first four innings. Meanwhile, San Marin's No. 7 hitter Forrest Bousquette had run-scoring singles in the second and fourth innings to stake Driscoll to a 2-0 lead after four.

Moreau would finally threaten in the fifth with two base runners but Driscoll got out of it with a ground out. Meanwhile, San Marin would add one more run in the bottom of the fifth to give Driscoll a little more breathing room with a 3-0 lead after five innings. Mariner starter and complete-game winner of the El Cerrito game, Richard L'heureux, relieved Acosta in the fifth and held the Mustangs scoreless the rest of the way.

Mariners finally broke the scoring drought in the seventh with the help of a Mustang fielding error when Adam Robinson smacked an RBI single. However, the game would end 3-1 as Driscoll induced yet another ground out.

Mariners entered the game with a .313 team batting average, but Driscoll held MC to one run on three hits (all singles), a walk and a hit batsman while striking out four. Moreau ended the season 19-7 overall and 9-3, tied for first, in Hayward Area Athletic League play. Acosta's record dropped to 8-3.

"More than a successful season," said Brown. "We had a very close team and a lot of life long friendships were formed. I can't thank my seniors enough for an outstanding work ethic and commitment to get our program respected. They have set the bar high and I feel the upcoming year will also be a success."

Mariners return their entire pitching staff while the players coming up from the JV team had a 15-7 record this year.

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