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April 27, 2012 > Facha's gem highlights MSJHS Baseball

Facha's gem highlights MSJHS Baseball

Submitted By Kenny Jacoby

The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team ended a week of hard-fought play with a 1-1 record, edging out American 1-0 and falling short to Washington 5-2.

The game at American on April 18 was a textbook pitchers' duel, as both sides combined for only five hits during the contest. MSJ's Brandon Facha crafted a gem, throwing a two-hit complete game with zero walks. Facha needed only 62 pitches in providing MSJ with a much needed win. American's starting pitcher, Joey Hockett, went for six strong innings, allowing only three hits and amassing seven strikeouts.

MSJ took on its rival, Washington, on April 20, but suffered a disappointing 5-2 loss in a well-fought battle by both teams. Each side came out of the gate strong, with MSJ leading 2-1 after the first inning. However, it was Washington who prevailed as their hitting stayed alive late in the game, while MSJ could not put together a hit after the third inning.

Although MSJ's defense was solid for most of the game, Washington's offense proved to be stronger. A double in the fourth from Knight scored Nico Estevez, who had been walked. Doubles from Sewell and Jacobs off of Donoghue in the fifth inning gave Washington a 4-2 lead. Havard replaced Donoghue on the mound following Jacobs' double, and although he kept Washington in check, MSJ could not come back from the deficit. Sewell pitched the complete game for Washington, allowing two earned runs, as he walked four, struck out seven MSJ batters and amassed 140 pitches.

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