UNION CITY -- After spending 10 innings in the squat, James Logan High catcher Jason Childs was ready to see Friday's Mission Valley Athletic League showdown with Newark Memorial end.

He did just that when he singled home Isaiah Bond in the bottom of the 10th inning to deliver a 2-1 walk-off win for the Colts. It was the senior's first career game-winning hit.

"That's the first one and it's real sweet," Childs said.

It was a key win for Logan (9-5, 3-1 MVAL), which entered the day a game back of first place -- behind both Newark Memorial (10-4, 3-1) and Washington. Logan dropped an early league game to Kennedy and in a competitive league, another loss could've put them in an early hole.

"We approach every game with the same mentality," Childs said. "Our motto is 'nameless, faceless opponents.' We have to go in with the same approach every game because it doesn't matter what they have on their chest, we just play the game the way we know how."

Bond was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning. Alex Martinez, a Cal-bound pitcher who went the first eight innings on the mound, put down a sacrifice to move Bond into scoring position.

Childs followed with a hard hit grounder up the middle. It deflected off the glove of Newark shortstop Jacob Ramirez and trickled into center field, and Bond scored uncontested.


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"I knew they were going to challenge," Childs said. "I just looked for a fastball. All game we worked on letting the ball get deep. I just had to make sure I let the ball get deep, trust my hands and try to shoot something back up the middle."

Martinez and Childs, Logan's Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, combined to go 6 for 8 and drove in both of the Colts' runs. Childs reached based four times, adding a walk to his three hits.

Martinez and Newark starter Francis Thometz hooked up in a pitchers' duel early.

The Cougars scored first when Josh Roman came home on Edgar Gonzalez's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Logan tied the game in the fifth when Martinez singled home Amalani Fukofuka with two outs. Fukofuka had singled and moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Thometz.

The Colts threatened in the seventh, putting runners on the corners with two outs, but Childs grounded into a fielders' choice.

Newark got a runner to third with two outs in the top of the 10th, but Logan reliever Cesar Jimenez got Ramirez to pop out to end the inning.

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Thometz, Stevenson (6), Gonzalez (9) and Roman. Martinez, Jimenez (9) and Childs. W: Jimenez (5-0). L: Gonzalez (0-1). Records: Newark Memorial 10-4, 3-1 MVAL; James Logan 9-5, 3-1.

Highlights: NM -- Roman 2 for 4, run; Thometz 5 IP, 1 run, 6 hits, 3 strikeouts; JL -- Childs 3 for 4, walk, RBI; Martinez 3 for 4, RBI, 8 IP, 1 run, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts.