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April 14, 2010 > Going around the horn

Going around the horn

By Nick Zambrano

James Logan, Irvington and Newark Memorial high schools are streaking atop of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) standings. Both Logan and Irvington share a 3-0 record in league play while Newark holds a 2-0 mark.

Just last week the Vikings from Irvington held the top spot, however Logan has claimed the top spot this week despite its 12-1 loss to Valley Christian in the Crown Classic on Tuesday, April 6. The Colts rebounded from the tilted loss on the following day, gathering a 7-2 result in their favor against Oakdale High School.

Against Oakdale, Aeryk Hernandez and Pascual Flores were the ones who led the Colts' stampede at the plate. Both went 2-4 with an RBI and run scored; Hernandez also had himself a double.

Brandon Yau kept the Oakdale hitters in check with his six-inning performance. Despite giving up a home run, the junior recorded 13 strikeouts, all while surrendering just five hits.

The Colts capped off the Crown Classic and their weekend with their 18-0 shelling of Santa Cruz High. The win gives the Colts a 2-1 mark in the Crown Classic.

Irvington finally clawed its way over the .500 mark this week after defeating Dublin and Monte Vista high schools in back-to-back games.

In its game-one showdown with the Dublin Gaels, the Vikings needed just one run to come away victorious, 1-0. Giovanni Torres scored the game's lone run on Jason Lacanlale's walk-off double. Lacanlale finished that game as Irvington's only hitter to get more than one hit, he was 2-4. He leads the Vikings with his .340 batting average.

Matt Tomblin pitched a complete game to get the win. The junior gave up only three hits and four walks in the process.

In game two, Michael Rogers played the hero for Irvington against Monte Vista. Rogers was 1-2 with a double, he also knocked two of the Vikings' three runs in the 3-1 win.

The two wins bring Irvington back on the positive side of .500 at 8-7. Irvington will play host to Logan on Wednesday, April 14, in arguably the MVAL's biggest games of the year. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

The Washington High Huskies will try to stop its current two-game skid when they play John F. Kennedy High on Wednesday, April 14. The Huskies' skid started at the Willie Stargell Classic last week. After defeating Concord High, 5-3, Washington was held to just two runs against Granada, 10-0, and Berkeley, 12-2. Even with the two-game slide, the Huskies still sit comfortably above .500 at 8-6 (2-1) on the season.

Milpitas High has reversed its fortunes. After losing three straight to Mountain View, St. Francis and Salinas high schools, the Trojans let its presence be known on the scoreboard with victories over Greenfield and Alvarez high schools.

First, the Trojans made quick work of Greenfield, 11-0; and on Wednesday, April 7, Alvarez had a show put on for them as the Trojans roughed them up, 15-8.

During the three-game losing streak, Milpitas produced only seven runs. The 26 runs gathered versus Greenfield and Alvarez is definitely a vast improvement for manager Chuy Zamudio and company.

To make matters even more interesting, the Trojans helped themselves winning a third straight, this time against El Camino League rival, Lynbrook, 8-1. Milpitas has owned Lynbrook this year, taking the season series with the Vikings, 3-0.

After ripping off those three impressive wins, the Trojans (8-9, 6-3) have moved into second place in the ECL behind Mountain View.

The Hayward High Farmers are still trying to find their footing this season as they dropped two more games this past week. Their most recent defeats came from Sacred Heart Cathedral (14-4) and San Leandro (9-3) high schools. The Farmers move to 5-7 (2-3) for the year. They'll be trying to rebound when they face HAAL rival Tennyson High on Tuesday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m.

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