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May 25, 2012 > Men's Baseball: Cougar power prevails in NCS play

Men's Baseball: Cougar power prevails in NCS play

Submitted By Mike Heightchew
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Newark Memorial Cougars, Got their Northern California Section (NCS) playoff hopes off to a good start on May 22 as they pummeled the Arroyo Dons of San Lorenzo, 10-0. The Cougars had previously won eight of their last nine games to take the Mission Valley Athletic League crown and advance to NCS postseason play.

Featuring one of the best pitchers in the Bay Area, Christopher Flexen (9-2, 0.44 ERA, 125 K in 80 IP) Newark Memorial was to avoid significant threats during the first two innings. With a "killer fastball" and great defense, Arroyo's efforts were valiant and might have overcome a lesser team, but failed to produce runs against the mighty Cougars. The Dons came into the game winning eight of their last nine outings and featured a bit of firepower of their own in the form of Ian Dawkins (.352 average, .918 OPS), a talented hitter for a team that is hitting just .262. Levi Nodden (5-2, 2.20 ERA) is their ace on the mound.

Cougar bats came alive in the fifth inning, opening up the lead and never looked back. Arroyo outfielders dropped two critical flyballs that kept Cougars baserunners in scoring position; the Cougars got hits in every inning. Final score: 10 to 0.

Although it was a good day for the Newark Cougars, it was not a great day for one of the star MVAL teams. The big disappointment of the day was Logan Colts losing to Foothill 4-2. Even with a powerful lineup - James Logan has outscored opposing teams 130-60 this season - and two good horses in the pitching stable: Alex Martinez (5-3, 2.09 ERA, 61 K in 57 IP) and Ulysses Ramos (6-1, 1.00 ERA, 68 K in 49 IP) and Sammy Nieves hitting .375 with a 1.004 OPS, the Logan Colts are out and MVAL hopes rest on the Newark Cougars and the Mission Warriors who advance to the second round of play.

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