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June 1, 2010 > James Logan baseball reaches NCS semis

James Logan baseball reaches NCS semis

By David J. Nicolas
Photos By Mike Heightchew

James Logan High School's winning ways have gotten them a step closer to a North Coast Section Division I baseball title. James Logan, as the four seed, handed No.-13 seed Arroyo of the Hayward Area Athletic League its third loss in two match-ups against the Union City team this year. The Colts beat Arroyo, 14-2.

Arroyo entered NCS competition with a 7-3 record in its last 10 games and allowed an average of four runs in those games. Logan scored in every inning except the third, belting 17 hits in the game. The Dons were averaging seven runs per game in that stretch, but could not muster the same attack against the red hot Colts, finishing the year with a 14-10 overall record.

The Colts faced another streaking team in second round play. Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland came into the second leg with nine straight victories under its belt and boasted a pitching staff that was giving up one run per game during the string of wins.

Bishop O'Dowd, the HAAL's 2010 champion for the eighth consecutive time, beat number-12 seed Irvington in the first round by a score of 9-2. But Logan's offense prevailed in the second-round game, capping a 5-4 win against the Dragons.

James Logan will try to earn its 14th win in a row against East Bay Athletic League champion and top-seeded Amador Valley at Amador Valley High School on Wednesday, June 2. The Dons are 3-0 against Mission Valley Athletic League teams this season, including a win against the Colts, and have outscored these opponents 32-4. First pitch is at 5 p.m.

Washington High School was given the 15th seed in the NCS tournament and faced off against second seed Foothill High of the EBAL in the first round. The Falcons didn't allow their 6-5 loss against EBAL foe Amador Valley disrupt its focus and pounded Washington pitchers for 17 hits and 16 runs in the Falcons' 16-3 victory.

The Huskies finished 14-12 overall and 8-4 against MVAL opponents.

Newark Memorial High School also lost in the first round against EBAL's San Ramon Valley High by a score of 12-1. The Cougars ended the year with an 8-4 record against MVAL teams and a 14-12 overall record.

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