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April 22, 2009 > HAAL baseball roundup

HAAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

The Mt. Eden Monarchs continued their surge toward contention in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) with two wins against league opponents. At week's end, the Monarchs have a 7-2 record in the HAAL, putting themselves a game up on 5-2 Arroyo (who had no league games last week) for sole possession of second place, and breathing down the necks of mighty Bishop O'Dowd, who are in first place at 8-1, but who now lead the HAAL by just one game over Mt. Eden.

The Monarchs beat Hayward High on Tuesday, April 14, 7-6, at home. Mt. Eden jumped on Hayward with three second-inning runs, but their offense went dry until the sixth, when they broke a 3-3 tie with four runs, three coming on a home run by David Contreras. For Hayward, Jesse Sepulveda went 3-4 with an RBI, and Robert Monchach went 2-2 with a triple and a run scored. With the loss, Hayward dropped to fifth place in the HAAL with a 4-4 league record.

Mt. Eden's next game was far less suspenseful - a 12-1 throttling of Tennyson, who at 0-8 are still seeking their first HAAL victory. Jonathan Davis got the win for the Monarchs with six innings pitched and only one run allowed. Edward Brunelle (2 RBIs), Nelson Colindres (1 RBI), Justin Ruiz (2 runs scored) and Kyle Vanek (1 run scored) all had two hits apiece in the Monarchs' romp.

The Moreau Mariners had their best week of the season, winning two of three games; the only drawback was that their wins came against non-league opponents, which left them still in seventh place with a 2-7 HAAL record (4-13 overall). Following a 19-9 loss to Atwater in the Atwater Easter Tourney, the Mariners were impressive in two consolation game victories. The first was an 8-5 win over Livingston; Brandon Chamberlain scored three runs and Michael Temple crossed the plate twice for the Mariners. The Mariners were able to take out some season-long frustrations on Patterson High School in an 11-1 rout. Moreau broke the game wide open with a seven-run sixth. Temple, Brandon O'Connor and Christopher Baca all contributed two RBIs each for the Mariners.

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