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April 5, 2011 > HAAL diamond update

HAAL diamond update

By Gary van den Heuvel

After a week of rainy, cold weather which held up play, the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) baseball and softball teams were able to resume their respective seasons.

The delay halted the momentum of Moreau Catholic High School's baseball team, which started the season with 5 wins, but last week came back to earth with 2 losses. The Mariners' first defeat of the season was a 5-4 loss to Valley Christian-Dublin. Richard L'Heureux (3 for 4), Brian Hickel (a double in 2 at-bats and 2 RBI), and Daniel Aguirre (2 for 3, a run scored) starred for Moreau in the tough loss. Moreau's next outing was no better - a 7-0 loss to Arroyo High School in their first HAAL game.

The Mount Eden Monarchs are currently sitting pretty, with a 2-0 HAAL record following a 5-4 win over Hayward High School (Mt. Eden's first league win came 2 weeks ago, also against Hayward). The Monarchs were led by David Contreras (3 for 4, 2 RBI and a run), Raul Lugo (3 for 4, 2 RBI and 2 runs), and Gary Boyd (2 for 3, 2 runs) in their win. Christian Scott drove in 2 runs on 2 hits for the Farmers.

Tennyson High School began their league play with an 8-3 loss to Bishop O'Dowd. The Lancers led the game 3-2 until the 5th inning, when O'Dowd took the lead and then blew the game wide open with 6 runs. At week's end, O'Dowd leads the HAAL with a 4-0 record, followed by Mt. Eden at 2-0, and Arroyo (3-1).

Moreau's softball team won 1 of 2 games. The Mariners squashed Las Lomas 15-4 in the Standley Cup Tournament Black Division game held in Hayward. Shelby Long contributed 2 hits, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kyralyn Kawasaki delivered a hit, drove in a run and scored 3 in the win.

The Mariners' next opponent in the tourney was league rival Arroyo, who prevailed 9-3. Karina Sanchez had 2 RBI in the loss.

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