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April 5, 2011 > MVAL softball update

MVAL softball update

By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Raeann Garza did it again in the Lady Colts' Mission Valley Athletic League opener. Against the Lady Vikings from Irvington High, the sophomore went the complete distance, compiling nine strikeouts and no walks.

In all of Logan's five games this season, Garza has gone the distance in every contest. Aside from the closely contested game with Monte Vista, she has only given up one earned run per contest, while surrendering a mere two walks. Her ERA on the year also stands at an admirable 1.60.

Garza's efforts on the mound are very much a reflection of her teammates' efforts at the dish. Against the Lady Vikings, juniors Jasmine Reed and Marissa Perez went a combined 6-8 with a double, two runs scored and a RBI between them. Reed - a two-sport student-athlete - leads Logan in most offensive categories, including batting average (.462), hits (six) and runs scored (four).

On Irvington's side of the diamond, Kendra Campbell also went the complete seven but allowed 10 hits and three earned runs. The senior was also Irvington's strongest punch at the plate going 2-3 with a double and Irvington's lone run scored.

The Lady Vikings were able to rebound from the loss to Logan and defeated Berkeley High 6-4 on April 1. Irvington is 2-1 in their last three games and are now 5-5, 0-1 for the 2011 campaign, they will have another tough battle at hand when they face the offensive-minded Newark Memorial Lady Cougars on April 12.

Logan remains dominant in MVAL play having not lost since the MVAL Championship in 2009 to Newark Memorial. They are now 2-0 this season with their other win coming against Washington on Mar. 29 and are now 4-1 overall. On deck for them is an away contest against John F. Kennedy on April 7.

The Lady Cougars saw their impressive winning streak all the way to the Standley Cup Tournament in Hayward where it was ended by the Spartans from Pinole Valley.

After beating Petaluma High 3-0, Newark was matched with Pinole, who had scored a combined 30 runs in their prior two games and hold a seven game winning streak of their own. It is the first time since the 2010 MVAL playoffs that the Lady Cougars have bested by a shut out. However, they have been on the winning end of five shut outs thus far. That includes their first two games of the SCT where they beat Tennyson 10-0 and aforementioned Petaluma.

However, before the SCT, the Lady Cougars did notch their first MVAL win of the 2011 season when they beat American 5-1 on Mar. 29. Newark (9-1, 1-0) will attempt to bounce back from the Pinole game when they play Mission San Jose at home on April 5, first pitch is set for 3:45 p.m.

The Washington Lady Huskies have found the winner's circle again in a big way. Since their MVAL opening loss to James Logan on Mar. 29, Washington have been winners of three of their last five games, including this shutout of rival John F. Kennedy.

Their other wins came at the disposal of Los Lomas (15-1) and Moreau Catholic (2-1) during the Standley Cup Tournament. In spite of those hard earned victories, the Lady Huskies hit the skids when they lost their next two games; a 6-1 handling by Alameda and a revenge win from Moreau, 11-0. In an attempt to dust the dirt off the uniforms, Washington will play Fremont Boulevard rival American High on April 5. They now sit at 7-6, 1-1 for the season.

For the Lady Titans, it's now two losses in their last three contests. Their last win came at home against a Mills High team back on Mar. 15. In each of Kennedy's four losses this year - they are 2-4, 0-1 this season - they have given up five runs or more in each game. Offensively, the Lady Titans have only mustered 2.5 runs a game this season.

It won't get any easier for the young, Kennedy team as they will take on the defending MVAL champs, James Logan in their next contest scheduled for April 7.

American recovered from two straight losses with this win against Bishop O'Dowd. In their previous two games, the Lady Eagles have tasted defeat at the hands of Alameda and fellow MVAL team Newark Memorial. A winning streak can be in the cards for American if they can pull out another victory against Washington on April 5.

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