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April 26, 2011 > HAAL diamond update

HAAL diamond update

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Moreau Catholic High School's baseball team rolled into the holiday weekend on the heels of a five-game winning streak (each one an important HAAL win) after notching two emphatic victories last week.

The Mariners utilized the "7-11" attack in their road win at Hayward High - with seven runs in the second inning, and 11 in the fourth - on their way to a 21-6 stomping of the Farmers. Four Moreau players - Michael Temple (2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBIs), Brett Adami (3 R, RBI), Richard L'Heureux (3B, 3 R, 3 RBIs,) and Ronald Zelaya (2B, 3 R, 5 RBIs) had three-hit games. One Mariner, Adam Robinson, got four knocks, scored twice and drove in five runs. Hayward's Dillion Pereira had a standout game for the Farmers, scoring three runs.

Moreau's batting attack was relatively subdued in their next outing, a 5-1 road win over San Leandro High. Zelaya (2 hits, RBI) and Temple (2 RBIs, R) added their typical offensive punch, but the player of the game was L'Heureux, who aside from his two hits (both doubles) and an RBI, pitched the complete game, scattering three hits. L'Heureux is among the league leaders both offensively (with a batting average hovering around .500) and pitching (a microscopic ERA of 0.89).

At week's end, the Mariners have pulled into sole possession of third place in the Hayward Area Athletic League with a 5-2 record (11-3 overall), one-half game behind Arroyo (5-1) and two games behind first place Bishop O'Dowd (7-0).

Still in the hunt is the Mt. Eden Monarchs, who after falling 4-1 in a nonleague contest against American High School, outlasted San Lorenzo 2-1 in 8 innings. David Contreras pitched a masterful complete game for the winners, surrendering just two hits, striking out five and walking only one batter. Contreras also helped his own cause at the plate, with three hits and a run scored. Eduardo Tungui was 2-2, and Kyle Leano delivered a hit and an RBI for Mt. Eden, who are in fourth place in the HAAL with a 4-2 record.

Pulling up the rear is the Tennyson Lancers, who are winless in the league (1-7-1 overall). Tennyson took it on the chin twice last week, 10-0 to Arroyo High School and 12-1 to San Lorenzo.

Moreau's softball team is having similar success to their baseball team. The Mariners put up football-type scores in their two wins last week, first crushing Hayward High 19-0. Shelby Long was downright beastly in the win - this was her box score: 4-5, 2 HR, 3B, 5 R, 5 RBIs; 5 IP, 11 K and no walks. (But aside from that, she didn't really do that much.)

The Mariners' next game was a relative nail-biter, as they squeaked by San Leandro 17-5. Jessica Marin starred at the plate, leading off the game with a home run, then added a double and two singles, as well as scoring four runs. Long was merely average in this win, pitching another complete game, hitting another homer and driving in six runs. Teammate Leilani Akai contributed three hits, scored twice and had three RBIs.

At week's end, Moreau, with an HAAL record of 5-2, is in a virtual tie for second place with Arroyo, whose 4-1 record is percentage points better than the Mariners. Both teams are stalking first place Castro Valley (6-0).

News wasn't so good for the other local squads. Tennyson fell to 2-4 with a 14-2 loss to Arroyo. Hayward is still winless in the league after a 14-3 road loss to San Leandro.

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