May 17, 2011 > MVAL baseball standings tighten up
MVAL baseball standings tighten up
By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew
A traffic jam has developed in the middle of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) baseball standings, as after the action of this past week (Monday, May 9, to Sunday, May 15) second to fifth place in the conference are now separated by only one game.
With games against the MVAL's two bottom teams, the James Logan Colts unsurprisingly extended their first-place lead over the rest of the MVAL. The Colts overcame a surprisingly strong challenge by last-place Kennedy, beating the Titans, 9-6, on May 11.
Kennedy actually out-hit Logan, 11 to nine, but was unable to capitalize on those opportunities. Seniors Pascual Flores and Zack Vallejo came up big for Logan; Flores went 2-3 with two RBIs, while Vallejo went 3-3 with one RBI.
Logan followed up its win over Kennedy by trouncing American, 9-1, on May 13. Logan is now 19-3 overall, and 9-1 in MVAL play. Having now clinched first place in the regular season standings, the Colts will finish the season out next week with games against Newark Memorial on May 18 and Mission San Jose on May 20.
Mission San Jose had held on to the runner-up spot behind Logan all season long, but now find themselves in a dogfight with three other teams for second place. Mission's only game this past week was a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to the Washington Huskies in eight innings on May 13. Mission came back from a 4-0 sixth inning deficit, but was unable to overcome the devastating hitting of Washington senior Bryce Fryan, who went 4-5 including one double and four RBIs.
After starting 6-2 in MVAL play (including delivering Logan's only defeat), Mission has dropped its last two conference games. The Warriors are currently tied with Irvington for second place in the MVAL, with an overall record of 15-7, 6-4 in conference.
The Irvington Vikings have continued to display their resiliency, staying in the race for second place despite losing three of their last five MVAL contests. Irvington dispatched American on May 11, 4-1, thanks to a strong defensive performance. Senior Matt Tomblin threw a rare no-hitter despite the opposing Eagles scoring a run off of a walk.
Irvington then had an opportunity to secure sole possession of second place, but was pounded by Newark, 12-6, on May 13. The Vikings record now stands at 9-9-1, 6-4 in MVAL play. Irvington and Mission will meet this week on May 18 in a key game which will go a long way in determining second place in the conference's final regular season standings.
Washington is still alive for second place as well. After picking up big wins over Newark and Mission this week, the Huskies are now only a half-game out of second place. They have only one game remaining in the regular season, against Irvington, in another critical game for second place.