April 19, 2011 > Newark and Logan's first meeting goes as advertised
Newark and Logan's first meeting goes as advertised
By Nick Zambrano
Photo by Mike Heightchew
In a game that was sprinkled with a few homeruns and a pitching duel that matched punch for punch, no one saw the first meeting between Newark Memorial and James Logan ending the way it did.
In the highly-touted match up between Newark's Marissa Chapa and Logan's Raeann Garza, it was perceived that this April 13 contest would be a low-scoring one. Through three innings, Garza held the Lady Cougars lineup to two hits, a walk and six strikeouts. As for Chapa, her first three innings were similar, with four strikeouts and three hits. In the bottom of the fourth inning, things started to get interesting.
After striking out Logan cleanup hitter Jazmine Reed, Chapa was squared off against the dangerous Caley Bonansea. Bonansea has been a thorn in every pitcher's side, and was coming into the game batting .381, with one homer and 13 RBIs. There was little give and take between the two combatants as they were forced into a full count showdown.
Chapa mustered the next pitch in there but Bonansea took it and parked behind the center field wall to give Logan a mid-game lead of 1-0. Following the Bonansea homer, she retired the next six hitters; the Lady Cougars fed off Chapa's performance and responded in the sixth.
After an error by Logan first baseman Kelia Barkow allowed Chapa to reach first, Erica Contreras stepped into the batter's box. Not wasting any time, Contreras took Garza's delivery for a two-run home run to right center.
In the home half of the sixth, Logan tagged Chapa with back-to-back, one-out singles from Alexis Martinez and Reed. Newark opted to give Bonansea a free pass and loaded the bases. Chapa got the second out on a Melina Rodriguez pop out. But it was second baseman Ali Reed that saved the lead with a diving grab off of Tatyana Salazar's bat that ended the inning.
Logan finally tied the game up in the bottom of the seventh when Kimberly Goulart scored on a single from Clarissa Blaquera. However, the Lady Colts could not spring another run home and left the bases loaded after Chapa retired Martinez, Reed and Bonansea in order.
It would all come down to bottom of the ninth when Logan opted to play some small ball. After Garza reached base via a single, Marissa Perez laid down a sacrifice bunt that got Garza to second. After Martinez got on via a fielder's choice, it all came down to Jazmine Reed, who opted to drop a beautifully placed squeeze bunt with Garza already heading for home on the play.
It worked to perfection and off of all things, Logan won 3-2 on a squeeze from their cleanup hitter.
"It was her (Reed's) call. It's awesome, she's a very unselfish player" said Logan coach Teri Johnson.
The Lady Colts are now in sole possession of first place in the Mission Valley Athletic League at 5-0. After facing the Lady Cougars, Logan will travel to Reno for the Reno Easter Tournament; results of the tournament were unknown at press time.
WASHINGTON 7, MISSION SAN JOSE 0
After losing their last three games, the Lady Huskies decided they had enough and took it out on the girls from Mission San Jose High. In their last three games, Washington could only manage a combined three runs while surrendering 14 runs.
Emily Gibson rebounded from her rocky outing against Newark Memorial last week to go seven strong innings and record 12 punch outs. At the plate she went 2-4 with a run scored. On top of that, her battery mate Lindsay Carroll had the biggest offensive splash. The sophomore's two-run home run was part of the Lady Huskies' (8-7, 2-3 MVAL) three-run sixth inning. She'd finish the game 1-4 with three runs batted in.
While they were shut out, the Lady Warriors (0-4 MVAL) did have a few bright spots. Despite getting tagged for seven runs, Muntaha Samad hurled seven innings and racked up eight strike outs. Senior Megan McLaughlin had a triple and sophomore Cassie Broadwin grabbed a double.
JAMES LOGAN 10, AMERICAN 0
Before becoming a part of the epic battle with Newark Memorial, Raeann Garza was in shut down mode back on April 12 against American. In a mercy-shortened game, Garza went six innings, struck out six and gave up only two hits. Proving that she is a double threat, Garza went 2-4 with a double.
The Logan offense came out firing on all cylinders and collected four runs in the first inning. In the second inning they would tagged another two runs to the scoreboard. It wasn't until the sixth inning that the Lady Colts broke things open with another four-run outburst.
It was Alexis Martinez whose star shined the brightest during Logan's hit barrage. The Lady Colts' three-hole hitter went 3-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored and capped it all off with her first home run of the season.
Catcher Caley Bonansea continued her stellar sophomore campaign with her 3-4 performance. She finished a homerun short of the cycle but managed four RBIs.
IRVINGTON 0, NEWARK MEMORIAL 8
The Lady Vikings couldn't find an answer at the plate in their Tuesday, April 12, match-up with Newark. Irvington hitters were to two hits and struck out 18 times against Newark pitcher Marissa Chapa. Once again, Chapa went the complete seven innings for the win.
Dueling against Chapa was Kendra Campbell for Irvington. Campbell's outing was the polar opposite as she did go seven innings but surrendered 11 hits and seven runs. Offensively, Campbell connected for one of the Lady Vikings' hits; the other belonged to Kylie Mahana.
Newark leadoff hitter Regan Rodriguez supplied some of the offense in the shutout going 1-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored; Erica Contreras had two RBIs; and Maria Jimenez went 2-4.