April 29, 2014 > Easter Classic
Submitted By Mike Heightchew
Three local high schools Ð American, J. F. Kennedy and Irvington Ð hosted the Easter Classic Baseball Tournament, April 19-23. Spring break was the perfect time for participating teams to demonstrate their skills on the field, preparing for the second half of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) season. Kennedy Head Coach Jim Stevenson said, ÒThis [Easter Classic] gives us the opportunity to get all of our players ready to play the remainder of the season.Ó
There were lots of high and low points as, at times, it appeared the ball had a mind of its own. In the Washington Huskies first game with Dublin, April 19, a powerful hitting show scored nine runs on 12 hits; Huskies Nick Lawrence had a great day at the plate, with two hits at three plate appearances, scoring two runs and adding two RBIs.
However, in their next game on April 21st, Livermore, after an open loss to Concord 11-1, silenced Huskies bats, holding them to just three hits and no runs
The Irvington Vikings finished the tournament with two great games; the first on April 22 with South San Francisco as they found timely hitting, resulting in six runs as Isaac Cruz drove a ball in the gap in the fifth inning for a triple that bought in three runs. Blake Belias and Brain Jeong and Venkata Gudugundla got RBIs as well. On April 23rd, the Vikings put together another good showing, beating Sacred Heart Cathedral6-1.
Tournament host team, American Eagles, had their best game on April 19thas they put together 10 hits and beat South San Francisco 7-0. Drew Lyell was in the hitting zone with a prefect day at the plate, 2/2 and 2 RBIs. Naeen Knox hit the with power as he went 3/4 and one RBI.
The Kennedy Titans got off to a slow start, losing to Freedom 6-1 on April 19 but fought hard to come back against Dublin on April 21, coming up a little short 5-3. However, on April 23rd, in a double header, they found the great hitting that has served them well all year, putting nine runs on the scoreboard in a rematch with Freedom and then beat Mt. Eden 4-1 with six hits.
Mt. EdenÕs best performance in the tournament came in their game on April 21st with Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, winning 4-0.