May 24, 2011 > MVAL baseball concludes regular season
MVAL baseball concludes regular season
By Kevin Yin
This past week, Monday, May 16, to Sunday, May 22, saw the final week of regular season play for baseball squads of the Mission Valley Athletic League. Entering the week there was no suspense as to whom the regular season champ would be, but there was still a heated battle for second place to resolve.
James Logan High School Colts had clinched first place in the MVAL's regular season standings last week, leaving the outcome of their matches this week somewhat superfluous to their season. On May 18, Logan met the Newark Memorial Cougars in what was a vital game for Newark but a meaningless one for Logan. The Cougars pulled out a late, 3-2 victory, thanks in large part to junior infielder Christopher Flexen's 1-3, two-RBI performance.
Logan bounced back, however, knocking over the Mission San Jose Warriors, 6-1, depriving the Warriors even a share of second place. Logan finishes the regular season with a 20-4 record, including 10-2 in conference play.
A big story of the second half of the regular season was the charge up the standings made by the Washington Huskies. After staring just 1-3 in conference play, the Huskies won six of their last eight MVAL games to finish second in the league's regular season standings.
Washington clinched the second spot with a win in the last week of play over their closest competitor: the Irvington Vikings. The Huskies edged Irvington, 4-3, on the final day of the regular season. The Huskies and the Vikings both finished the regular season with 7-5 records against MVAL opponents, but the Huskies hold the tie-breaker, having defeated the Vikings in both head-to-head matches. Washington's overall regular season record was 16-8, while Irvington's was 12-10-1.
Less positive than Washington's ascent but just as noticeable was the precipitous fall of the Mission Warriors. Mission had spent most of the regular season securely in second place, but were done-in by a brutal month of May where they lost their final four conference games. The Warriors final regular season record is 15-9, 6-6 in MVAL play.
With all of the jockeying for position that occurred on the season's final week of regular play, perhaps the biggest win belonged to a team that was certain to finish last. The Kennedy Titans came into the final game winless in MVAL play, but pulled out a 7-6 win over Newark to escape a winless conference season. Kennedy's final regular season record is 9-14, 1-11 in conference.
Next week the schedule will move into the postseason with the start of the MVAL playoffs. Check the TCV Sports website, http://sports.tricityvoice.com, for schedules.