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March 22, 2011 > Around the MVAL diamond

Around the MVAL diamond

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

San Ramon Valley 0, Newark Memorial 11
In a game full of highlights, it was Newark Memorial junior Marissa Chapa that had the solo spotlight. In a mercy-shortened game, Chapa did not allow a single San Ramon batter to obtain a hit and claimed herself a no-hitter. If it weren't for a walk in the first inning, she could have had a perfect game. Despite that one walk, Chapa found herself in a groove on the hill. From the second inning on, she struck out a string of nine consecutive San Ramon Valley hitters.

"I think it was just being in my groove, just focusing on myself and the team and my pitches," Chapa said.

Before it was all said and done, Chapa's line consisted of five innings pitched, a walk, a line out, a ground out and 13 strike outs. At the dish she turned out another great performance, going for 2-4 with two singles, two RBI's and a run scored.

Notwithstanding, the Newark lineup was not a one-lady show. Lead-off hitter Regan Rodriguez proved why head coach Rachel Kahoalil has her at the top of lineup card. The freshman went a stellar 3-4 with a double, two RBI's and two runs scored. Second baseman Ali Reed did her job as the two-hole hitter as well, she went 2-4, racking up a triple, three runs batted in and a run scored.

"It's outstanding," said Newark head coach Rachel Kahoalil. "That's what you want all the time and to be able to get that against a good team is a good feeling."

Foothill 0, Washington 8
After being on the sour end of two shutouts, the Lady Huskies were finally able to savor the other side for the first time this season. Angelina Lombardi threw for all 21 outs and recorded 10 strike outs. It's already the second time this season that the sophomore has thrown all seven innings and recorded more than 10 strikeouts in a game. It's her third complete game overall.

Lombardi was supported by the entire Washington lineup but it was Allison Hurley, Lindsay Carroll and Raea Lucero. Hurley went 2-3 at the dish and collected a double two runs batted in. Carroll was a perfect 3-3 with a run scored while Lucero went 2-3 with an RBI of her own.

American 4, Moreau Catholic 2
A three-run rally in the third inning was all the Lady Eagles needed in their away game against Moreau. The Lady Mariners would respond with two runs of their in the half of the fourth but didn't prove to be enough.

Christina Thompson went five innings on the hill for American, holding Moreau to just three hits and earned the win as well. She was equally effective at the plate going 2-3 with an RBI.

Irvington 5, San Lorenzo 0
The Lady Vikings of Irvington were able to notch their second win of the season with a shutout of the Lady Rebels. Also worth noting, Irvington has won both games by shutout. However, this is the first game in which they have compiled more than two runs. Irvington will play their fifth straight road game on March 22 when they play San Leandro.

John F. Kennedy 5, San Leandro 6
The John F. Kennedy Lady Titans were down 2-1 entering the top of the sixth inning, they felt the door closing on them rather quickly. With their backs against the wall, Kennedy (2-3) ripped off a four-run rally that gave them a cushiony 5-1 lead. Unfortunately, San Leandro was equally responsive.

After scoring a run in their half of their part of the sixth, the Lady Pirates slowly crept back into the picture. They'd follow up that one run to score another three runs in the bottom of the seventh to give them the walk-off victory.

James Logan, 1, Granada 3
The Colts were unable to bounce back from Granada's runs in the first and second inning and were handed their first blow of the 2011 season. Against a tough Granada team, the powerful Logan lineup was held in check with three hits. Alex Martinez, Jason Puckett and Ralph Delgadillo were the three that could tag the ball but it was Delgadillo that scored the team's only run.

Brandon Yau battled Matadors' pitcher Kyle Van Schaack for all seven innings and put up a solid stat line. The senior righty rung up seven, gave up two earned runs despite giving up a home run. Van Schaack did not give an earned run and struck out four.

Washington 7, Castro Valley 0
The Huskies were scheduled to take on Deer Valley on Mar. 19 but the game was postponed due to the rain. Despite the rain, Washington got one game in when they defeated Castro Valley on March 17.

Ricky Lang went six innings strong before handing the ball over to Jarrett Costa for the final frame. Lang's winning line consisted of one hit and four punch outs and five walks. Robert Smith and Casey Jennings were a combined 4-7 with three runs batted in; Smith had a triple while Jennings had a double. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and gave Washington a 3-2 record.

American 6, Moreau Catholic 7
After a two-run homer from Jason Davis in the sixth and forcing extra innings, the Eagles were the victim of home field advantage. With the game in the Eagles' favor at 6-5 entering the bottom of the eighth, the Mariners tagged American reliever Josh Shah for two runs and clinched the walk-off victory, a third consecutive loss for American.

Davis finished the game going 1-4 with the one homer and two runs batted in. Freshman Joey Hockett went 2-4 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI's; Steven Kay and Kris Cruz each had a double. Regardless of giving up five runs, Maurice Miranda had only two runs held against him and mowed down seven Moreau hitters.

John F. Kennedy 1, Acalanes 9
After starting the season off hot with six straight wins, the Kennedy Titans hit a two-game skid with the most recent loss coming to Acalanes High. In those two losses, the Titans have only crossed the plate four times.

Kennedy had a chance at redemption when they were scheduled to play Piner of Santa Rosa. A team that is just 2-5 on the year and has given up 38 runs in those losses. But just like most of the games this past week, it was postponed.

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