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May 20, 2009 > Cougars saddle the Colts to win MVAL title

Cougars saddle the Colts to win MVAL title

By Jeff Weisinger

Although the James Logan Colts softball team won more games than the Newark Memorial Cougars in 2009, the Cougars won when it counted most.

The two teams met on Thursday, May 14, in Newark for the MVAL Championship with the young Cougars defeating the senior dominated Colts, 4-3, in eight innings.

"Winning league is always a goal of ours," said Cougars Head Coach Rachel Kahoalii.

Freshman right-hander Marissa Chapa earned the complete game victory for Newark Memorial, pitching eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts.

"We worked as a team and we got that win," Chapa said after the game.

"I think she did an excellent job," Kahoalii added. "She made some mistakes and was able to overcome them."

Newark Memorial struck first in the third inning off Colts senior starter Nichole Schwarz, as Erica Contreras' RBI double to left field scored the game's first run. Abby Leon followed with an RBI single to give the Cougars the early 2-0 lead.

Schwarz pitched four innings for the Colts, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five. She also walked three batters on the day.

The Colts answered right back in the fourth as Jennifer Ybarra's RBI single tied the game at two.

Logan had another chance to score off Chapa an inning later, however senior Gabriela Christy popped up to the catcher with the bases loaded to end the inning.

"She was able to get out of jams that she got herself into," Kahoalii mentioned. "I'm very impressed with her maturity."

The Cougars took the lead in the bottom of the sixth off a throwing error by Colts catcher Annette Cruz, as she tried to throw out Maria Jimenez at third, however she overthrew the third baseman Hidee Reyes and Jimenez scored.

However, Chapa couldn't hold the lead again as senior Natalie Abrego tied the game for Logan once again as her RBI double brought home Jasmine Reed from second.

Martinez shut down the Cougars in the seventh to bring the game into extra innings, however the Colts went down 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

The Cougars took charge in the bottom of the eighth as Brianna Contreras and Chapa got on base on back-to-back hits off Martinez to start the inning, then Abby Leon's RBI double won the MVAL Championship for the Cougars.

The Cougars earned an automatic bid into the NCS playoffs with Thursday's win and will host #7 Deer Valley as the #10 seed on Wednesday, May 20, at 5 p.m.

Despite the loss, Logan earned an at-large bid into the NCS Division I playoffs as the #5 seed and will host #12 College Park on Wednesday, May 20, at 6 p.m.

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