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April 8, 2009 > MVAL baseball roundup

MVAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) boys baseball season is shaping up like one of those old Western movies where the two most feared gunfighters in town know about each other, have heard all about each other, but haven't faced each other yet - but you know they eventually will, in a climactic showdown on Main Street.

Playing the part of sheriff are the Newark Memorial Cougars, defending champions of the MVAL and owners of a 5-0 league record (10-3 overall). The up-and-coming sharpshooters in this scenario are the heavy-hitting Irvington Vikings, with an overall mark of 11-1 and tied for first place with Newark at 5-0 in the MVAL. Both teams kept pace with each other by going undefeated last week.

Newark Memorial's bats were on fire in their two home wins: 14-1 over Washington and 11-5 over Mission San Jose. Pitcher Ryan Deeter gave up one run in six innings and hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning for Newark. Catcher Bobby Neves delivered four RBIs on three hits for the victors.

In the Cougars' win over Mission, Anthony Sao had four RBIs on two hits and scored a run, Cody Zimmerman contributed two hits, scored twice and had two RBIs, and Keith Dore also had two hits, an RBI and scored two runs. With the loss, Mission (3-3) continued its slide down the MVAL standings following an April 1 home loss to Logan (3-2 and in third place), 4-3.

Irvington tuned up for their April 8 clash with co-leader Newark with two one-sided wins. First was an April Fool's Day pranking of cellar-dwelling American (0-5), 11-0. Lefty pitcher Michael Rogers advanced his record to 3-0 with the win. Ryan Tella went 3- 3 with three RBIs and Trevor Ramos delivered two RBIs for the Vikings.

The Vikings continued their pattern of one-sided wins with an 8-2 win at Logan on April 3. TJ Meyer had five RBIs and hit two homers, and Tella picked up the win on the pitching mound for Irvington.

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