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May 4, 2012 > MSJHS Varsity Baseball Team Has a Rough Week

MSJHS Varsity Baseball Team Has a Rough Week

By Kenny Jacoby

The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team had a disappointing week, falling to three tough opponents as they lost to Castro Valley, Newark, and Logan.

MSJ lost a nail-biter to Castro Valley 5-4 in a 10-inning battle on April 23. Brandon Facha took the hill for MSJ and pitched seven innings allowing four runs on six hits and only one walk. The game got off to a dubious start for MSJ. On the first pitch of the game, lead-off batter Scott Havard squared up to bunt and was struck in the jaw by a high, inside fastball from Castro Valley pitcher Scott Nunnery. Havard, the starting shortstop, had to leave the game and also missed the Newark and Logan games for MSJ.

MSJ traveled to Newark Memorial on April 25 to face the first place team in the MVAL. Newark's ace Chris Flexen's pitching performance kept MSJ off balance the entire game. Flexen ended the game with 18 strikeouts, maintaining his shutout. MSJ could not catch up to the overpowering velocity and wicked off-speed pitches from Flexen, and lost the game by a score of 6-0.

MSJ played under the lights at Logan on April 27. Devon Jones started on the mound for MSJ. Logan's ace, Alex Martinez, pitched masterfully against MSJ, lasting six innings and giving up just one unearned run on two hits and three walks and striking out eight. For the second consecutive game, MSJ could not get started facing tough pitching. The bottom of the second marked the first of two blowout innings for Logan. The third inning was another strong inning for Logan, as Martinez recorded three outs on four batters and got Logan's hot bats back up to hit. After getting Fukofuka to ground out to Facha (who had moved over to third base from first base), the next seven batters reached base on three singles, two walks, a hit batsmen, and a long three-run homerun from Johnson. A clutch 5-6-3 double play off the bat of Martinez got MSJ out of the crucial six-run inning, leaving the MSJ in a 10-0 deficit.

MSJ provided a spark of offense in the top of the fifth, as a ground ball to the first baseman by Reid Marion scored Facha from third, cutting Logan's lead to 10-1. Chu pitched the final two innings and gave up zero hits, walks, and runs with one strikeout, ending the game with a score of 10-1.

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