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May 3, 2011 > Colts, Spartans and Huskies keep winning games

Colts, Spartans and Huskies keep winning games

By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew

As the Mission Valley Athletic League baseball regular season enters its final month of play, James Logan, Mission San Jose and Washington each played some of their best ball of the season against nonleague foes during the week of Monday, April 25, to Saturday, April 30.

Logan used this week to rebound from their close loss to Mission two weeks ago. In three nonleague games, Logan posted wins over Clayton Valley (4-2), Valley Christian (3-0) and San Benito (7-1). Sophomore Alex Martinez was dominant against Valley Christian, pitching a no hitter against the Warriors that included eight strikeouts.

Senior Jason Puckett had big games for the Colts against Clayton Valley and Valley Christian, going 2-4 with one RBI and a run against the former, and 3-4 against the latter.

Mission crushed Andrew Hill High School, 15-0, on April 25, with senior Matt Imhof throwing a staggering 17 strikeouts while allowing only three hits for the Spartans. Mission then used more powerful pitching to dispatch Christopher High, 4-3. Spartans' senior Chris Gaines threw 14 strikeouts against Christopher, allowing just two hits and one earned run.

Washington has recovered nicely from a slow start early in the season. The Huskies began the year only 5-5, but have won seven of their last eight contests. Washington experienced a hectic week of non-MVAL action, playing five games in five days against nonleague foes-and winning all five. Much like Mission, Washington managed its success behind some devastating efforts from a variety of pitchers.

Against Waterford, on April 27, Huskies senior Bryce Fryan allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts. On April 28, in a 10-0 romp over Mariposa that was called after five innings on account of a 10-run mercy rule, senior Jarrett Costa allowed no hits along with seven strikeouts and one walk. Finally, while beating Hillmar 4-0 on April 29, senior Justin Dhanda's shutout included 15 strikeouts and only one hit.

Despite their loss to Mission on April 20, Logan remains the leader in the MVAL standings with a 16-2 overall record and a 6-1 record in league play. Mission is close behind at 14-5, 5-2. Irvington is currently in third, at 7-7-1, 4-2, while Washington leads a three-way tie for fourth place at 12-6, 3-4. Next week, MVAL teams will return to playing mostly conference games.

In addition to the play from the top three clubs of MVAL, American High School hosted the Eagle Classic over spring break, with several clubs from in and out of the Bay Area participating. For all MVAL baseball scores, log onto the Tri-City Voice Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com.

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