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April 1, 2009 > Mt. Eden contending in HAAL baseball

Mt. Eden contending in HAAL baseball

By Gary van den Heuvel

The preseason indications that the four high school baseball teams in the city of Hayward would be struggling all season just may have been premature - at week's end two of them (Mt. Eden and Hayward) have winning records.

The Mt. Eden Monarchs finished the week in sole possession of second place in the Hayward Area Athletic League with a 4-1 HAAL record, one game behind 5-0 Bishop O'Dowd. The Monarchs broke a 1-1 tie with two fourth inning runs to edge visiting Arroyo, 3-1 on Wednesday, March 25. Stephen Lacombe was the winning pitcher, striking out five, going 1-2 from the plate and he also stole two bases. Edward Brunelle went 1-3 with an RBI in the win. Mt. Eden ended the week in grand fashion, beating San Lorenzo, 7-2.

The Hayward Farmers jumped into the HAAL race with two victories last week. The first was a 9-1 swamping of visiting Moreau Catholic. John Rosas was the winning pitcher and he was helped on offense by teammates Brian Thompson, who went 3- 4 with 3 RBIs; Jalen Hallman (1-2, 2 RBIs); and Rosas himself, who went 2-3 and scored twice.

Hayward continued their successful homestand with a 7-1 whipping of Tennyson, who occupies the HAAL cellar, with an 0-5 league record. The Farmers, with a league record of 3-2, are in a third place logjam, tied with both Castro Valley and San Leandro, one game behind second place Mt. Eden, and a half game ahead of 2-2 Arroyo.

A little further down the standings sit the Moreau Mariners, but they were able to score their first league victory with a 5-4 home decision over San Lorenzo on March 25. The winning pitcher was Brandon Chamberlain; Michael Temple pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save. At the plate, Temple went 2-3, scoring one run and driving in two. The Mariners are 1-4 (1-8 overall) and tied for seventh place with San Lorenzo, one game ahead of Tennyson.

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