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March 23, 2012 > Mission San Jose Varsity Baseball remains undefeated

Mission San Jose Varsity Baseball remains undefeated

Submitted By Ed Hugo

March 16
The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team remained undefeated as they squeaked by Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 4-2. Chris Donoghue took the mound for MSJ and earned the victory as he turned in an impressive six-inning stint scattering six hits, walking three and striking out seven. Kyle Welker closed out the contest by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

The MSJ offense was challenged by a pair of hard-throwing pitchers from Piedmont Hills. MSJ batters did strike out a season high 11 times but did work out seven walks during the game which played an integral part in their scoring opportunities.

After Piedmont Hills jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, MSJ responded with two runs of their own as they took advantage of two Piedmont defensive miscues. Scott Havard led off the inning by hitting a routine groundball to shortstop but the shortstop mishandled the ball and Havard beat the throw to first base. Jeff Chu followed with a walk moving Havard to second base and Devon Jones followed with a seeing-eye groundball that found its way into short right field. Havard was off with the crack of the bat and hustled home with MSJ's first run to tie the game.

Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and two out, Chu raced home from third base as an attempted pick-off throw by the Piedmont catcher sailed over the third baseman's head. The run put MSJ up 2-1.

MSJ added a run in the third inning as Chu led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on Patrick Andresen's single. MSJ added an insurance run in the fifth inning as Jacob Walter came up with a clutch two-out, bases loaded single that drove in Andresen to put MSJ ahead 4-1.

Piedmont Hills tried to rally but Donoghue was able to keep them off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when they scored their second run. Piedmont had the tying runner on base when Donoghue struck out the final batter of the inning to preserve MSJ's 4-2 lead.

The MSJ defense proved to be strong once again even though they committed two errors during the game. Brandon Fuhs made the play of the game from his third base position in the second inning as he dove far to his left to stab a hard hit ground ball and scrambled to his feet to throw a dart to first base, robbing Piedmont Hills of a base hit.

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