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April 13, 2012 > Boys Baseball: Three games in three days

Boys Baseball: Three games in three days

Submitted By Ed Hugo

The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team played three games on consecutive days in three different cities last week. MSJ first traveled to Antioch to face a strong Deer Valley high school team who is ranked near the top of NCS Division I. They then faced Liberty High School in Brentwood, followed by same-city rivals Kennedy High School.

MSJ sent their junior ace Brandon Facha to the mound in an attempt to silence the Deer Valley bats. Overall, Facha pitched well enough to keep MSJ in the game but two runs proved to be the difference as MSJ ended up losing 4-2, dropping their record to 7-3-1.

MSJ next played Liberty High School in Brentwood. Liberty came into the game with a 3-6 record but played a solid game and handed MSJ their second consecutive loss by a 7-4 score. Mission took an early 3-0 lead but Liberty outscored MSJ 7-1 the rest of the way to claim the victory.

MSJ pitcher Chris Donoghue took the mound for MSJ but could not hold the early 3-0 lead as Liberty reached him for three runs in the second inning to tie the score with the key play being an error by MSJ third baseman Brandon Fuhs to start the inning that ultimately led to an unearned run. Liberty scored four more runs in the fourth inning as Donoghue walked two batters and allowed three base hits before he was replaced by Havard who retired two batters to quell the rally. Again, MSJ bats were unable to come up with clutch two-out hits as they left a total of seven runners in scoring position during the contest.

In more friendly confines of their home field against Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) rival Kennedy High School, MSJ bats rapped out 12 hits and forced Kennedy to commit eight errors in an 11-3 victory. MSJ hurler Kyle Welker was the benefactor of the 11-run outburst. Even though he shut down the Kennedy bats through the first five innings, Welker's erratic control resulted in five walks and three hits giving Kennedy excellent scoring opportunities but the slinging side-armer had just enough to keep Kennedy off the board and helped his own cause as he started a slick 1-6-3 double play in the fourth inning. The victory brings the MSJ overall record to 8-4-1 and their MVAL record to 2-1.

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