June 1, 2012 > Men's Baseball: Season ends for Mission
Men's Baseball: Season ends for Mission
Submitted By Kenny Jacoby, Photos submitted by Dan Mark
The Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball team's season has come to an end, but not before reaching the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North Coast Section (NCS) championships - the first time since 1991.
MSJ pulled off a major upset in their first-round NCS game, edging out San Ramon Valley (SRV) in a nail-biter ending 3-2. SRV had been seeded fourth in NCS, while MSJ was seeded 13th. In the second round, MSJ was eliminated as they lost 13-3 to Granada, who was seeded fifth in NCS.
The victory over SRV was the highlight of MSJ's season. Brandon Facha pitched another great game, as he was able to keep the dangerous SRV bats in check. Facha threw a complete game.
After a wild first inning (SRV 2 - MSJ 1), both teams regained their composure and played great defense, and both pitchers were throwing masterfully. Neither team scored another run through the fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, however, MSJ rallied behind some solid hitting from the top of the order to put MSJ in the lead 3-2. SRV had a hit in each of the fifth and sixth innings, but Facha and MSJ's defense kept SRV from scoring in either inning. MSJ's carried their 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning as Facha struck out the first batter of the inning on a nasty 3-2 curveball, and MSJ upset the heavily favored SRV by a final score of 3-2.
After their victory, MSJ traveled to Granada for an NCS quarterfinal game. Unfortunately for MSJ, Granada's hitting was unstoppable, as they collected 17 hits and 13 earned runs over the course of five innings pounding MSJ's three pitchers in a 13-3 victory limited to five innings due to the 10-run rule in effect for the NCS tournament.
MSJ finished with an overall record of 13-12-1 this season, highlighted by the NCS victory over SRV. With only two senior starters, the MSJ varsity baseball team is looking forward to a productive 2013 season.