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May 25, 2012 > Men's Baseball: Mission San Jose heads into post-season play

Men's Baseball: Mission San Jose heads into post-season play

Submitted By Kenny Jacoby, Photo by Dan Mark

The Mission San Jose [MSJ] varsity baseball team lost their last two games of the regular season, falling just short to both Washington on Wednesday and Newark Memorial on Friday. However, MSJ's overall 12-11-1 record was good enough to earn them the 13 seed in the North Coast Section (NCS) Division 1 championships. This is the second straight year MSJ has qualified for the NCS Division I championships.

MSJ's game against Washington was a nail-biter, as both teams held the lead at different points late in the game. Starting pitchers for both teams had strong outings, and each pitched the complete game. MSJ's Brandon Facha tossed six innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits, one walk, and one hit-by-pitch, and amassed six strikeouts. Ricky Lang got the win for Washington, as he threw seven innings giving up just two earned runs on five hits, one walk, and one hit-by-pitch, and picking up three strikeouts.

In the bottom of the sixth, Facha struck out Brandon Sewell and got Pierce Romero to fly out to right field to start the inning. With two outs, clean-up hitter Jaramy Jacobs bombed a triple into right center to spark a rally for Washington. Estevez then roped a double down the left field line to drive home Jacobs and tie the game at 2-2. The next batter, Quejado, lined a first-pitch single to left to set up second and third for Fereira. Fereira responded by blasting an opposite-field single down the left field line, scoring Estevez and Quejado and giving Washington a 4-2 lead. That would be all Washington needed as Lang shut down MSJ with a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh, securing the win for Washington on their senior night.

On their senior night on Friday, MSJ honored its seniors (Patrick Andresen, Brandon Fuhs, Zubair Sereng, Kyle Welker, and Patrick Yang) as they took on league-leading Newark Memorial. Welker pitched his best game of the season for MSJ, giving up just two unearned runs, four hits, three walks, and one hit-by-pitch in a complete game performance. Unfortunately, MSJ could not get its offense going at all in the game, as Newark Memorial's Cal Stevenson crafted a no-hit gem, giving up no runs and just one walk, while striking out eight.

MSJ's defense was stellar for most of the game, as Welker pitched masterfully and the infield backed him up similarly. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, but with Newark Memorial runners on first and third base and two out, a wild pickoff throw to first base from Welker allowed Newark's Tommy Gallagher to score the game's first run. Newark Memorial scored again in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch by Welker to put them up 2-0. That would be all Newark Memorial needed for the win that sent them into a tiebreaker game with Logan to determine which team would receive an automatic NCS bid. Despite having lost to Logan twice during the regular season, Newark Memorial pulled off a 5-3 victory over Logan on Saturday to assure them of the automatic bid.

Editors Note:
MSJ has advanced to the second round of Division I North Coast Section playoffs defeating the San Ramon Valley Wolves 3-2 on May 22. They face the Granada Matadors of Livermore on May 25 who were 6-2 victors over the Liberty Lions of Brentwood.

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