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April 12, 2011 > HAAL diamond update

HAAL diamond update

By Gary van den Heuvel

With the rest of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) baseball teams staring up at undefeated Bishop O'Dowd (6-), the Mount Eden Monarchs are staying within reach of the league's top spot, following a 2-1 week which finds Mt. Eden with a 4-1 league mark (5-3 overall), tied with Arroyo for second place.

Following a 10-1 thumping of San Lorenzo, the Monarchs suffered their first league defeat, 7-2 to the visiting San Leandro Pirates. Raul Lugo and Edwin Alvarenga scored both runs for Mt. Eden. The Monarchs bounced back from that loss with a 6-5 squeaker over cross-town rival Tennyson High School. Mt. Eden's two-runs in the bottom of the sixth inning put them over the top. Gary Boyd delivered two hits, two RBIs and scored a run; and teammate Alvarenga also drove in two and scored in the win.

After winning their first five games (all nonleague contests), Moreau Catholic High School has come back to earth, and now find themselves in the middle of the HAAL pack, tied for fourth place with Castro Valley and San Leandro with 1-2 league records. The Mariners started the week with a 7-2 nonleague win over Valley Christian-Dublin, and then gave HAAL top dog Bishop O'Dowd all the Dragons could handle before succumbing 8-7 at home. Richard L'Heureux (who leads the league in batting with a batting average just below .500) scored a run and drove in one, as did Michael Temple and Josh Schrig. The Dragons scored four times in the sixth inning to take the lead.

The Mariners were involved in another slugfest at week's end, but this time were on the right end of the score, notching their first league win by beating San Lorenzo 9-7. Temple had two hits, two walks, drove in three runs and scored once in the win. Teammate Larry Mayo scored twice, had two hits and an RBI.

Hayward High School took out some early season frustration on San Lorenzo, winning a 12-1 laugher at home. Robert Monchak pitched the complete game, striking out nine batters while also scoring three times himself and driving in a run. Dillion Pereira had three hits (including a double) and scored three runs. Shawn Garrett scored twice, and Michael Tuck had a big day with three hits, three RBIs and two runs. The Farmers (1-3 in HAAL play) couldn't sustain that momentum against Arroyo High School, losing at home 9-5 later in the week.

At 2-1 in the HAAL, Moreau's softball team is in the thick of the race, in third place behind Castro Valley (3-0) and Bishop O'Dowd (3-1). Following a 9-3 loss to Arroyo, Moreau looked positively scary in their next two games, first with an 11-1 trouncing of O'Dowd. Shelby Long was the winning pitcher for Moreau, and she also delivered three hits, scored three runs and drove in two. Alyssa Castillo drove in three runs, as did Cassidy Lyon.

Moreau followed that win with a 12-1 spanking of San Lorenzo. Castillo went the full five innings (the game ended when the mercy rule was invoked), striking out six and driving in two runs with the bat. Kyralyn Kawasaki was a personal wrecking crew, with two homeruns - both of them coming in the first inning, when Moreau exploded out of the gate with nine runs. Jessica Marin had two hits and scored four runs in the win.

Mt. Eden's softball team started their season later than their league counterparts, and it wasn't an auspicious beginning - a 14-0 loss to San Leandro. Hayward High School, following a 10-0 loss to San Lorenzo, shares the HAAL cellar with Mt. Eden.

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