The Mission Valley Athletic League still belongs to the James Logan High softball team.
The Colts mashed their way to a 16-7 win over visiting Newark Memorial on Thursday, extending their winning streak in regular season MVAL play to 64 games and further distancing themselves from the rest of the pack in the league standings.
Three days after a narrow 4-2 win over Newark Memorial, Logan banged out 21 hits in the rematch. Catcher Michaela Burpee went 5 for 5 with three RBIs, and center fielder Alexis Mattos was 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Eight Logan players had hits and six had multihit games.
"We were seeing the ball really well," Mattos said. "We just played our hearts out. I think this was our best game all season."
Newark Memorial (15-5, 7-3 MVAL), Logan's top MVAL rival, struck first in a wild game that saw both starting pitchers knocked out by the second inning.
The Cougars scored two runs in the top of the first before Logan responded with four runs in the bottom half, all before recording an out. But Newark had a big inning of its own in the second to retake the lead 6-4.
Logan (18-2, 10-0) regained the lead for good in the fourth inning on Deanne Garza's RBI single.
Burpee and Brianna Bailado also drove in runs in the inning to put Logan ahead 9-6.
The Colts then exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning when they batted around.
"We know that teams are going to score runs against us, so we know we have to score runs against them," Logan coach Teri Johnson said. "We've really worked a lot on our hitting."
Newark's offense tallied eight hits in the first two innings but couldn't figure out Logan reliever Julissa Patino.
The sophomore allowed just one run and four hits in the final five innings.
Maricela Matos led Newark Memorial, going 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs.
Her two-run triple put the Cougars ahead in the second.
Desiree Herrera and Laurisa Hernandez also had multihit games for Newark.
Pinole Valley 4, Albany 2: The host Spartans scored three runs in the third inning and clinched the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division title with the victory over the Cougars (10-10, 6-3 TCAL-Rock).Pinole Valley (16-6-1, 9-1) received five innings of shutout pitching from Jake Dent and two hits, from teammates Kasey Wallace and Kevin Lao in the victory.
Granada 5, Foothill 2: The host Matadors (14-6, 4-6 East Bay Athletic League) came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Falcons (11-9, 3-7). Ryan Anderson slammed a two-run home run in the first inning for Foothill, but Granada countered with two runs in the bottom of the first, then single runs in the next three innings. Casey Soltis slugged a solo home run in the fourth inning and was 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs in the game.