James Logan High senior Alex Martinez tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts, and the Colts beat visiting Washington 5-0 in a Mission Valley Athletic League baseball showdown Friday night.
The Colts (15-7, 9-3 MVAL), Huskies (15-7, 8-4) and Newark Memorial entered the day tied for first. Logan held on to at least a share of the top spot with two league games left.
Martinez, who's headed to Cal, said trusting his pitches and "my guys" was key to his effort.
The Colts have enjoyed a big week, also besting Newark Memorial 3-1 on Wednesday.
"We knew how high the stakes were coming into this game, and so all week in practice we've had tremendous intensity and incredible focus," Martinez said.
Washington starter Brandon Sewell allowed just four hits but was hurt by three errors in the Colts' four-run second inning.
Martinez allowed just a bunt single to Nick Quejado in the fourth inning. The only other Washington player to reach base was Zach Wallace, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth. However, Martinez picked off pinch-runner Nick Maldonado.
Ulysses Ramos started Logan's rally in the second with a one-out single, and Anthony Camarena reached on an infield error. Anthony Garcia advanced the runners with a sacrifice. Ramos scored on a wild pitch, and Sefath Yasini hit an RBI single to right. Amalani Fukofuka reached on an error by Sewell, and Yasini scored on the same play when the shortstop threw wildly to third base. Fukofuka scored on a wild pitch.
Track and field
MVAL championships: James Logan's Jeffrey Prothro Jr. produced one of the best marks in the state this season in the boys triple jump at Tak Fudenna Stadium in Fremont.
His winning mark of 49 feet, 1 inch (wind-aided) had been bettered by only Castro Valley's Nate Moore under any conditions in the state entering this weekend, according to PrepCalTrack.com.
Logan's Karsten Wethington placed second with a wind-aided leap of 46-4. He fouled on his first two attempts. One more foul would have ended his season in the event. But the junior, who also won the 100 meters, got in a clean jump of 44-5 on his final trials attempt to advance.
Logan won both team titles, but while the boys squad won by more than 100 points with a score of 206, the girls team edged Newark Memorial 142-139.
Newark's girls got double individual wins from Taylor Craft (triple jump and 100 hurdles) and Mianni Brown (400 and 200), but a double win by Amihan Agustin in the 1,600 and 800 helped Logan win the title.
-- Phil Jensen