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April 15, 2009 > Standley Cup softball tourney recap

Standley Cup softball tourney recap

By Biff Jones

Eighth Annual Standley Cup Tournament, presented by Tennyson High School for high school girl's fast pitch softball teams, was held last Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, at Oliver Park in Hayward. Fifteen teams from the Bay Area faced off in four divisions of pool play with division winners moving on to semi-final playoffs.

Teams participating and their divisions with "M" standing for Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) teams and "H" for Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) teams, were Blue Division: Cloverdale, Newark Memorial (M), Tennyson of Hayward (H) and Washington of Fremont (M); Gold Division: Carondelet of Concord, James Logan of Union City (M), Lowell of San Francisco and San Leandro (H); Silver Division: American of Fremont (M), Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland (H) and Irvington of Fremont (M); and Black Division: George Washington of San Francisco, Mission San Jose of Fremont (M), Mt. Eden of Hayward (H) and Pinole Valley of Pinole.

One of the best matchups in pool play was a first-round game between James Logan (9-1) and two-time defending Standley Cup Champion, Carondelet (3-4).

Cougars of Carondelet, playing as the home team, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Logan Colts responded with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth, while the Cougars added one each in the fourth and fifth. However, Carondelet was unable to break the 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth, and the game was declared a tie as a pre-arranged time limit for all games had expired. If the two teams ended tied for first after pool play finished, they would have go to the second tie breaker of total runs allowed, as the first tie breaker was head-to-head.

After pool play on Saturday, division winners were Newark Memorial, James Logan, Bishop O'Dowd and Pinole Valley.

As it turned out, both Logan and Carondelet shutout their next two opponents in pool play, so they both had a total of four runs scored against and the third tie-breaker had to be invoked: total runs scored. This is where Logan broke the tie as they scored 28 runs to Carondelet's 19.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, O'Dowd defeated Newark, 8-2, and Logan beat Pinole, 5-1. The finals followed and it was James Logan over Bishop O'Dowd, 2-0.

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