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April 16, 2013 > Mission San Jose Warriors Hold Their Ground

Mission San Jose Warriors Hold Their Ground

By Kenny Jacoby

The Mission San Jose Warriors Varsity Baseball team survived a tough week coming off of Spring Break, during which they faced three strong opponents in five days. The Warriors lost their first two games on Monday and Wednesday, but recovered with a dominant win on Friday.

On April 8, the Warriors took on the Liberty Lions, a Division 1 NCS team from Brentwood. Senior Brandon Facha pitched masterfully for Mission San Jose, completing six complete scoreless innings and escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not supplement the stellar pitching and defense with their bats. Going into the top of the seventh, the score was deadlocked at a 0-0 tie. After letting a couple runners reach base, Facha was pulled from the game at pitcher and replaced by Senior Martin Padilla. After a few wild pitches and a clutch hit with runners in scoring position, Mission San Jose found itself in a 3-0 deficit going into its final at bat.

With two outs and two strikes and the game on the line, Senior Kenny Jacoby laced a single over third base and into left field. Senior Ryan Mark followed with a bloop infield hit into the devil's triangle to put the tying run at the plate. Senior Scott Havard then smashed a line drive into left field to load up the bases for Sophomore Jacob Walter. Walter, however, could not capitalize as a dirty two-strike curveball sealed the victory for the Lions.

Mission San Jose faced reigning MVAL champs, the Newark Memorial Cougars on April 10. The Cougars came out firing on all cylinders, amassing nine hits and eight runs (four earned) off of Mission San Jose Junior Thomas Rodriguez. Jacoby relieved Rodriguez in the fourth, and pitched three innings giving up one hit and one earned run with four strikeouts. Junior Jagvir Tamber had two hits, a run, and an RBI for Mission San Jose, but the Warriors only put together five hits in total. MSJ's twelve strikeouts put a damper on their offense, and Newark Memorial went on to win 9-4.

On Friday, April 12, the Warriors recovered and came out full throttle against the American Eagles. Although the Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning due to a few walks and a hit off Havard, Mission San Jose fought right back. After putting up one in the top of the second, the Warriors took the lead with a three-spot in the third. Havard regained his composure behind momentum and a healthy two-run lead, and did not allow any Eagles runs in his final four innings pitched. Mission San Jose exploded in the top of the sixth with five runs, and then again for six runs in the seventh highlighted by a monster home run from Facha. Mission San Jose went on to win by a final score of 15-5.

Mission San Jose will face the John F. Kennedy Titans at home on Wednesday, April 17, and the Moreau Catholic Mariners on Friday at Moreau. The Warriors are 8-6 overall this season with a 2-2 league record.

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