April 19, 2011 > Warriors slipping, Colts continue to dominate
Warriors slipping, Colts continue to dominate
By Mihir Bhagat
Photo by Mike Heightchew
This week in Mission Valley Athletic League baseball swung off with a series of blowouts on Wednesday, April 13. Washington High School Huskies (6-5) upset the Mission San Jose High School Warriors (9-5) with a final score of 6-2 primarily due to a dominant third inning where the Huskies got off to an early 4-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, they continued the losing trend throughout the rest of the week. On Friday, April 15, they suffered a brutal 13-3 loss to Irvington. They experimented with multiple pitchers but it was to no avail as the Vikings simply dominated. MSJ's struggles carried on to Saturday when they traveled to College Park to take on the Falcons yet fell 5-3 after digging themselves into a 4-0 deficit in the first inning.
"All we can do is move on, work harder at practice, refocus, and come out with a ton of intensity against Logan on Wednesday," said MSJ captain Matt Imhoff.
Meanwhile, the Irvington High Vikings (5-5-1) took on the Newark Memorial High Cougars (7-6) and imposed their strength with a 6-2 victory with five of their runs coming in the second and third innings. The key difference in the game was the batting as the Vikings put up a .316 in comparison to the Cougars .167. Irvington couldn't follow up on the win as they were shutout 9-0 by the Alameda Hornets on Saturday, April 16.
When the John F. Kennedy Titans (6-8) visited the Encinal Jets they were demolished 11-1 primarily because of star pitcher Ray Cole who had seven strikeouts and allowed a mere three hits in five innings. Later, on April 15, the American Eagles (5-7) kept the Titans winless within league play as they posted a 3-2 win in credit to senior Jason Davis who had 2 RBIs.
Finally, the James Logan High Colts (12-1) swept through this week with ease as they registered commanding wins over both American and Newark Memorial. In their victory over the Eagles, Michael Johnson was the star as he hit a double and a home run to give him a total of two runs and four RBIs.
Led by senior Pascual Flores and pitching aces Brandon Yau and emerging sophomore Alex Martinez, the Colts are quickly running away with the MVAL title with little signs of slowing down.