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May 13, 2009 > HAAL baseball roundup

HAAL baseball roundup

By Gary van den Heuvel

As the front-runners in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) baseball race - Bishop O'Dowd and Arroyo - have begun to distance themselves from the pack, the Mt. Eden Monarchs have slid from second place in late April to their current spot in fourth place with a 9-5 HAAL record (11-11 overall).

Following a 10-5 loss to O'Dowd on April 29, Mt. Eden had three straight home games on their schedule and won two of them. On May 5, the Monarchs' 5 fourth inning runs were all they needed to beat Moreau Catholic, 5-3. David Contreras (2 RBIs and a run scored), Andrew Tamaru (an RBI and a run scored) and Chris McClain (an RBI and a run) each had two hits for the Monarchs. Moreau made the game competitive by scoring their three runs in the fifth. Michael Temple, Kyle Cardana and Brandon O'Connor all crossed home plate for the Mariners in the loss.

A stellar pitching performance by Stephen Lacombe was squandered when Mt. Eden's bats couldn't provide enough offensive support against San Leandro, who prevailed, 3-1, in 8 innings on May 6. The next day, the Monarchs rebounded with a 3-1 win over San Lorenzo. Lacombe contributed with the bat this time, going 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

At week's end, Mt. Eden trailed Bishop O'Dowd (12-2) by three games, Arroyo (11-3) by two and Castro Valley (10-4), who beat O'Dowd last week, by one game. The Monarchs lead fifth place San Leandro (7-7) by two games as the season heads into its final week.

The Hayward Farmers (5-8, 6-14 overall) scored four runs in the fifth inning to beat Tennyson, 6-3, at home on May 6. Jalen Hallman pitched the complete game for the Farmers, striking out 10. Ryan Frohn went 2-3 with a triple, and Jesse Sepulveda also had two hits and two RBIs for Hayward.

Tennyson took out some season-long frustration on Moreau, finally notching their first league win with a 13-5 battering of the Mariners. AJ Lattimer, who pitched the complete game, also homered and had 2 RBIs for the Lancers. Moreau did finish the week on an up note though, beating San Leandro, 2-1.

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