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May 4, 2010 > High school softball recap

High school softball recap

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

James Logan High School Colts are atop the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) as they remain undefeated, 8-0, in league play and 15-4 overall. On Monday, April 26, they defeated second place Washington High School Huskies (7-2, 9-7-1 overall) on the road, 10-3. Newark Memorial High School is the third place team at 6-2 and 11-8.

Both Logan and Washington scored three runs in the first inning before the pitchers, Raeann Garza for Logan and Emily Gibson for the Huskies, took over and put up goose eggs in their remaining innings on the mound. In the top of the seventh, the Colts would push across seven runs for the 10-3 final.

On Tuesday, April 27, Newark hosted and defeated John F. Kennedy High School, 16-0, while Washington lost at home to American High School, 4-3. Thursday's action had Washington win at Irvington High School, 5-0, Logan win at home against American, 7-0 and Mission San Jose High School lost at JFK, 13-3.

Garza again got the win for Logan with relief help from Kimberly Goulart. In Washington's win, Lombardi went the distance with eight strikeouts, yielding three hits and three walks.

After two weeks off, Milpitas High School of the De Anza Division in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), got back into action last week. On Thursday, April 29, they were defeated by Los Gatos High School, 11-0, then on Friday, April 30, they lost to Homestead High School of Cupertino, 4-1, in a game played at De Anza College.

Alexis Pommier started and took the loss for Milpitas against Los Gatos while Carla Cabada went 2-3 with a double for the losers. Against Homestead, Samantha Cabada started for Milpitas and went three innings before being relieved by Pommier. Milpitas is now 0-8 in the De Anza Division and 2-19 overall.

Hayward Area Athletic League is led by undefeated Castro Valley High School. Arroyo and Bishop O'Dowd high schools each have one loss in league, Moreau Catholic High School has two losses and San Leandro High School has three losses.

Moreau Catholic Mariners defeated Hayward High School Farmers, 11-0, on Monday, April 26, then on Wednesday, April 28, the Mariners shut out San Lorenzo High School, 12-0. Meanwhile, Hayward defeated Tennyson High School on Wednesday, 13-1 - all games shortened because of the eight-run mercy rule.

In the Moreau-Hayward game, Mariners' junior, Alyssa Castillo, the TCV May 2010 Female Athlete of the Month, shut out the Farmers on two hits and two walks while striking out 12 to improve her record to 7-1. Freshman catcher Leilani Akai went 2-4 with two triples and four RBIs. For the Farmers, Angie Puricho started and took the loss.

Against San Lorenzo, Long went the distance for Moreau, also giving up just two hits with one walk and seven Ks to improve to 7-2. In addition, Long was 3-4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Purchio went the distance against Tennyson, yielding four hits, one walk and striking out six, along with going 3-4 from the plate. Brianna Thompson was 3-4 for Hayward with a triple and three runs scored; Leanna Medina added three RBIs.

Other HAAL scores saw Mt. Eden lose twice to San Leandro, 6-3 and 19-0, and to Bishop O'Dowd, 23-4. Tennyson also lost to Arroyo, 10-0.

California School for the Deaf traveled to Austin, Texas, on April 23 to participate in the Hoy Tournament for deaf schools. CSD lost all three games: 5-3 to CSD Riverside; 9-8 to Texas SD; and 6-5 to Indiana SD. On April 28, Fremont Christian High School defeated Athenian High School, 25-6, then beat Bentley Upper School, 14-4 on April 30.

Two big games this week have HAAL leader Castro Valley play Moreau Catholic at Larry Standley Field in Hayward on Tuesday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m.; and in MVAL play, Newark Memorial travels to Washington on Tuesday, May 4, for a 3:45 p.m. encounter.

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