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April 3, 2012 > Newark pre-season wrap-up

Newark pre-season wrap-up

By John Suza, Photo by Mike Heightchew

The Newark High School Cougars started the MVAL baseball season on a great note by beating Kennedy High School 11-4 with a game-ending explosion by scoring six runs in the sixth inning and an additional three runs in the seventh inning.

Now that the MVAL league has started up for the season, lets look back at how the pre-season went for the Newark Cougars. Since Newark played quality teams from outside of the MVAL league in the pre-season, they're results could be good insight into how the league games will go

On Feb. 25, Newark defeated the Burlingame Panthers 5-0. The Cougars' pitching staff had a great game shutting down the Panthers and were off to a great start. Days later, on Feb. 27, The Cougars crushed the visiting Hayward Farmers by 13-4. There were some outstanding hits from Newark with plenty of speed on the bases. The next day's game against San Ramon's California Grizzlies ended in defeat for the Cougars with a final score of 4-3.

March started off well as Newark beat the Castro Valley Trojans 2-0 on the Cougars' home field on March 3. The Cougars added another tally in the win column only days later on March 6 when the College Park Falcons were denied a victory in a close game of 5-2. However, the Cougars learned the bitter taste of defeat on March 10 when Newark was beat by the Dougherty Valley Wildcats in a 3-2 game.
Unfortunately, Newark did not come out on top in that cat fight. Luckily, Newark got back into their groove as they played a shut out against Moreau Catholic for a 8-0 win. The Cougars' hitting was especially strong in this game, thanks to hard work put in by the coaching staff. Newark gave another shut-out performance against Pinole Valley only five short days later with a 4-0 victory. Though the game went scoreless for the first six innings, the Cougars were able to rally in the seventh and score all four runs in one inning. And the final pre-season game ended in yet another shut-out victory for the Newark Cougars, this time against Alameda with a low-scoring game of 1-0 scored in the fifth inning.

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