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April 5, 2011 > MVAL baseball moves into conference play

MVAL baseball moves into conference play

By Kevin Yin

The weather hasn't been the only thing heating up in Fremont as baseball teams of the Mission Valley Athletic League emerged from the recent stretch of rain ready to play ball. The week of Monday, March 28, to Sunday, April 3, saw the beginning of conference play for MVAL baseball, giving competitors and observers alike a better feel for the pecking order.

Right now, that order is headed by Logan. After going 5-1 in non-conference play, the Colts opened their MVAL schedule with a solid test in the form of Washington on March 30. Logan edged the Huskies, 2-1, with senior pitcher Brandon Yau allowing just three hits while pitching a complete game. Senior outfielder Jason Puckett provided the scoring punch for the Colts, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Logan followed that win up with a 3-2 victory over Irvington, putting their season record at 7-1, 2-0 in MVAL play.

However, Logan wasn't the only team to win its first two MVAL games. Mission San Jose annihilated Kennedy, 8-0, in the conference opener for both teams on March 30. Senior pitcher Matt Imhof went all seven innings, throwing seven strikeouts for the Spartans, and also batted 2-for-3. Imhof is now 3-0 on the season. Then, on April 1, Mission thumped American, 10-3. Mission's season record stands at 6-2, 2-0 in league play.

Washington rebounded from their close loss to Logan by outscoring Kennedy, 10-6, on April 1. Senior Jarrett Costa and junior Beau Lawrence led the way for the Huskies with each going 2-for-3, including three RBIs for Lawrence and two for Costa. Washington's overall record is now 6-3.

Kennedy started the season promisingly, winning its first six games, usually in lopsided fashion, but has now lost four straight by a combined score of 31-10. The Titans will have a good shot to turn things around on Wednesday, April 6, when they face Irvington. Irvington is just 1-4-1 on the season thus far.

Newark Memorial and American opened MVAL play against each other on March 30, with the Eagles coming out on top, 5-3. American's senior catcher Steven Kay had a huge game, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the fifth that ended up providing the margin of victory for the Eagles. Newark catcher Alex Poole also went yard with solo shot in the first inning.

American is now 3-5 overall, 1-1 in league play. Newark is 5-3, 0-1.

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