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February 28, 2012 > Two wins open Mission San Jose Varsity Baseball Team 2012 Season

Two wins open Mission San Jose Varsity Baseball Team 2012 Season

Submitted By Ed Hugo

February 22:
The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team opened the 2012 season with two victories, downing Hayward 6-1 and San Rafael 14-2. Brandon Facha pitched six strong innings and Devon Jones and Scott Havard supplied the offense as MSJ defeated Hayward High. Facha was in control throughout the contest as he scattered six hits and struck out seven Hayward batters in his six innings on the hill. Havard followed Facha by throwing a scoreless seventh.

Jones had four consecutive base hits (three singles and a double) with each hit driving in Havard who reached base ahead of Jones on two singles, a double and a walk. Havard's double in the sixth inning broke open a tight 3-1 game and provided MSJHS with key insurance runs.

The MSJ bats came alive against San Rafael as they rapped out 20 hits to support the two-hit pitching effort of Kyle Welker and Scott Havard. Welker started the game on the mound for MSJ and was a bit rusty in the first inning as he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter. After allowing a two-run single, he settled down and shut out San Rafael for the next five innings allowing just one hit. Havard came in to relieve Welker and pitched a scoreless seventh as he struck out the side.

At total of seven MSJ batters had multi-hit games as they pounded out five doubles and many sharply hit singles. Havard, batting leadoff, and Jeff Chu who batted second, reached base seven times and scored on five occasions. They both drove in two runs. The next five batters in the MSJ batting order followed Havard and Chu by reaching base 15 times, scoring seven runs and driving in six runs. Devon Jones lined out two doubles, Brandon Facha smoked a long double and a single, Patrick Andresen clubbed two doubles, Brandon Fuhs reached base in four of five at bats with three singles and an error and Patrick Yang also reached base four times on a double, single and two walks.

The MSJ defense has supported their pitchers by being nearly flawless in their first two games committing only one error.

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