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March 13, 2012 > MSJHS Varsity Baseball Finishes the Week with a Win and a Tie

MSJHS Varsity Baseball Finishes the Week with a Win and a Tie

Submitted By Ed Hugo

March 9

Brandon Fuhs' clutch two-run, two-out single in the sixth inning provided the winning runs as MSJHS won a hard fought baseball game over visiting San Leandro 5-3. Fuhs' heroics were set up by Devon Jones and Brandon Facha who had singled and walked respectively to open the inning. After Patrick Andresen flied to right field, Jones and Facha pulled off a neat double steal and both scored on Fuhs' line drive single to left field.

San Leandro got the first run of the game on the board in the second inning as they scored an unearned run when the MSJHS defense committed its only two errors of the game. After being held hitless for the first three innings, the MSJHS offense broke through in the fourth inning as Jeff Chu opened the inning by striking out but reached first base on a passed ball. Chu stole second and moved to third on an infield hit by Jones. Facha followed with a long sacrifice fly to right center to tie the game at one apiece.

San Leandro bounced right back in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead as Mission hurler Facha nicked the leadoff batter who eventually came around to score on a double. But MSJHS came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Fuhs led off the inning with a single and Patrick Yang followed with a walk. After Reid Marion grounded into a double play, Wyatt Ott worked a walk to place runners on first and third. Chu then cleared the bases as he cracked a long double to put MSJHS back on top 3-2.

San Leandro would not go quietly as they knotted the game at 3-3 scratching out a run in the top of the sixth inning to set up Fuhs' big hit in the bottom of that inning.

Facha pitched the complete game victory for MSJHS as he scattered six hits, walked only one San Leandro batter, struck out four and made several quality defensive plays on the mound.

In the second game of the week, MSJHS battled San Lorenzo High to a 5-5 tie in a game that was called due to darkness. Mission took an early 2-0 lead scoring single runs in the first and second innings. Devon Jones sacrifice fly drove in Scott Havard who had led off Mission's first inning with a double and Havard scored again in the second inning as he walked with two out and the bases empty, moved up to second base on a passed ball and scored on Jeff Chu's groundball single to left field.

San Lorenzo rallied to score five runs in the top of the third inning as Mission starting pitcher Kyle Welker struggled with his control. After striking out the side in the second inning, Welker walked two batters and committing a throwing error to set up San Lorenzo's big inning. Of the five runs, two base runners reached base on a walk and one run was forced in on a bases loaded hit batter.

Down 5-2 entering the bottom of the third inning, Mission battled back with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to tie the game at five apiece. Brandon Fuhs walked in the third inning for Mission and moved up to third base on consecutive two-out walks to Jacob Walter and Ryan Mark. Fuhs then scored on a wild pitch to bring Mission within two runs of San Lorenzo. Brandon Facha drove in Mission's fourth run as he drove in Chu with a long sacrifice fly in the third inning closing the gap to 5-4. Mission tied the game 5-5 as Jones led off the sixth inning with a walk and moved up to second base on Facha's single (his third hit of the game). After Fuhs struck out, Jones stole third base and Patrick Andresen came through with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Chris Donoghue relieved Welker in the top of the fourth and was effectively wild as he kept San Lorenzo off the scoreboard even though he walked five San Lorenzo batters in the four innings he pitched. San Lorenzo mounted a rally in the top of the seventh inning but Jones threw out two runners on the bases from his catcher's position to kill the rally. Mission mounted a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh as Mark and Wyatt Ott opened the inning with back-to-back singles. But the San Lorenzo pitched settled down and retired the next three Mission hitters to end the game with the score tied 5-5.

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