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May 18, 2012 > Men's Baseball: Times are changing in the MVAL baseball

Men's Baseball: Times are changing in the MVAL baseball

Submitted By Mike Heightchew, Photos by Mike Heightchew

The door is finally open for the other strong teams in MVAL baseball to walk through, Washington (10-9, 6-2) or Newark Memorial (17-4, 8-1) could take the top spot as Logan plays this season with a young group of players.

Washington had won four straight games, and hoped to prove they are a better team than Newark Memorial with a new offense attack, not seen in many years. Pitchers from both teams are vying for the top spot in the MVAL. Newark's star pitcher, Christopher Flexen, is possibly the best pitcher in the league. Flexen (8-1, 0.35 ERA) hadn't thrown since his 18-strikeout performance on April 25 against Mission San Jose until the game with Washington on May 4. Washington's pitcher Brandon Sewell (6-2, 2.15 ERA) is averaging 5.2 runs, and 8 runs in the Huskies last four games.

These two powerhouse teams played May 4. Washington came out with their new-found offense, putting two runners on base in the first inning but Flexen pitched his way out of trouble with a fast ball and change-up. Newark quickly went after Washington in the bottom of the first opening up a two-run lead. With timely hitting, Washington battled back but Newark played smart defense and never let the Huskies get close. This worked until the top of the seventh inning when two costly errant throws opened the door for a Husky lead.

It was the Cougars however, who came away with a 3-2 victory.

This opens a two-game lead in the MVAL for Newark, making a May 11 game at Logan a must-win game for the Logan Colts as only four weeks are left this season. This game should feature a great pitching battle between Newark's Christopher Flexen and Logan's Alex Martinez.

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