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May 3, 2011 > HAAL diamond update

HAAL diamond update

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Moreau Catholic High School's baseball team made the most of an Easter week schedule of nonleague games, winning three out of four and taking third place in the Atwater Easter Classic tournament.

Richard L'Heureux earned a complete game victory in Moreau's first round 2-1 win over Buhach Colony High School, giving up just one unearned run and striking out five batters. The Mariners advanced to the semifinals with a 5-1 win over Pitman, but their tournament aspirations came a cropper against Los Banos, who scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Moreau 10-6.

Moreau needed extra innings again to win the third place game, 11-7 over host Atwater. Michael Temple had two hits, scored three runs and drove in one for the Mariners. Teammate Daniel Aguirre also delivered two hits and scored a run.

Moreau is now 11-5 overall, and still resides in third place in the Hayward Area Athletic League with a 5-2 league record, trailing Arroyo (6-1) by a game and league leader Bishop O'Dowd (7-0) by two as league play resumes this week.

Though still in the HAAL race, Mount Eden High School took a step backward in a disastrous week. The Monarchs were humbled twice in the Eagle Classic tournament, losing to John F. Kennedy (13-3) and American (10-4) before falling in an all-important league game, 12-4 to Castro Valley. Andrew Tamaru had three hits, scored a run, and drove in a run in the loss to the Trojans, and David Contreras delivered two RBIs for Mt. Eden. The loss left the Monarchs in fifth place with a 4-3 HAAL record.

Hayward High School also took part in the Eagle Classic. They too, like Mt. Eden, were humbled. Hayward took on Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday, April 25, losing 5-2, before getting blasted by Mission Valley Athletic League's Newark Memorial, 26-0, on Tuesday, April 26.

The HAAL softball schedule was a light one, and not fruitful for the local squads. Tennyson High School (2-5 and in sixth place) suffered a 13-3 home loss to San Leandro. First place Castro Valley sent Hayward back to the farm with a 14-0 loss, and Mt. Eden is still winless in the league following a 21-0 drubbing by Arroyo High.

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