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April 14, 2010 > Moreau Catholic drops Standley Cup championship

Moreau Catholic drops Standley Cup championship

By Biff Jones

Two Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) teams emerged into the championship game of the 19-team Ninth Annual Standley Cup high school softball tournament.

The three-day tournament, held Thursday-Saturday, April 8-10, at Oliver Sports Park in Hayward, named after former Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Supervisor and Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Commissioner Larry Standley, ended with Bishop O'Dowd High School prevailing over league-rival Moreau Catholic High School, 6-0.

Starting out as a pitchers' duel, neither team scored over the first four and a half innings of the championship game. In the bottom of the fifth, O'Dowd exploded for five runs; added one more in the sixth, and cruised to a 6-0 Standley Cup championship-game victory.

Shelby Long went the distance for the runner-up, giving up six runs (four earned) on nine hits, while recording a walk and seven strikeouts. Jessica Marin and Kyra Kawasaki-yee each doubled for the Mariners while Lewis and Leilani Aki both singled. That was the first loss of the year for Moreau, dropping them to 11-1. Bishop O'Dowd's Lady Dragons upped its record to 12-2.

Moreau Catholic advanced to the championship with a dramatic walk-off win against Montgomery High School.

Montgomery got a run in the top of the first before the Mariners of MC took the lead, 2-1, in the third inning. Montgomery would retake the lead, 3-2, in top of the sixth only to see Moreau tie it in its half on a homerun by Jordan Lewis.

It remained tied at three into the 10th. International tiebreaker rules were invoked after the seventh inning where each team puts a runner on second base with no outs to start the inning.

Montgomery broke the tie with a run in the top of the 10th but the Mariners would tie it in the bottom half when Ashley Silvia scored on Marin's fielder's choice. Before the 10th inning would end, Long put the Hayward team in the final with a grand-slam homerun.

Alyssa Castillo, who pitched a six-inning perfect game the week before, went the distance, giving up four runs (one earned) on eight hits, while walking four and striking out 14. Lewis also had an RBI triple while Savanna Ulloa was 3-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored.

In early-round pool play, scores are as follows (some ending in ties due to time constraints): Newark Memorial 7, San Lorenzo 1; Moreau 3, Cloverdale 0; American 15, Tennyson 0; Irvington 4, San Leandro 4; Washington 6, Hayward 0; Bishop O'Dowd 9, Mission San Jose 2; Newark 8, Alameda 1; Maria Carrillo 12, Tennyson 2; Moreau 9, John F. Kennedy 0; Cloverdale 16, JFK 1; Irvington 2, Lowell 0; Petaluma 17, MSJ 0; American 5, Maria Carrillo 1; Montgomery 7, Washington 2; and Montgomery 11, Hayward 0.

In other action outside the Standley Cup, O'Dowd beat Mt. Eden High School, 15-0, while James Logan, Fremont Christian and California School for the Deaf had the week off.

Milpitas High School lost all four games it played last week. On Monday, April 5, the Lady Trojans lost at Wilcox, 5-4; Wednesday, April 7, at home to Fremont of Sunnyvale, 3-1; Friday, April 9, at Mountain View, 3-0; and Saturday, April 10, to Oak Grove, 6-2, in the Mission City Tournament at Mission College in Santa Clara.

Against Wilcox, Alexis Pommier went the distance giving up five runs on only three hits, but seven walks contributed to the loss. Idalia Campos and Kiana Aguilar each had two hits for the Trojans while Aguilar added an RBI and a run scored. Pommier had a double and two RBIs.

In the Fremont game, Samantha Cabada pitched the first two innings for Milpitas before being relieved by Pommier for the last five. Lauren Poffenbarger had three hits in as many trips to the plate for the Trojans. Milpitas is now 0-5 in the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, and 2-16 overall.

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