fact that Crescenta Valley appeared to just be warming up on its way
to a second straight section title.
The three-time District 16 champion scored the first 11 runs of
the contest and received another strong pitching performance from
Kaela Green to post a 14-2 four-inning mercy-rule victory, advancing
to the Division 3 Tournament, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday in
Crescenta Valley 3 0 8 3 -- 14 13 0
Tehachapi 0 0 2 0 -- 2 4 8
* Game called because of 10-run mercy rule
Crescenta Valley IP H R ER BB K
Green 4 4 2 2 2 2
Tehachapi IP H R ER BB K
Kapitzke 4 13 14 7 2 3
WP-- Green (3-0).
LP-- Kapitzke (3-1).
2B: CV-Green 3, Johnson 2.
SB: CV-Sovereign 2, Deunay, Vine; T-Kapitzke.
"It's just tournament fatigue, and when that sets in, it becomes a
mental game," said veteran Coach Alan Eberhart, who will guide an 11-
and 12-year-old team at the divisional level for a second straight
year, following his success as an assistant on the CV Major Baseball
All-Star squad last summer.
"It's a great advantage [to be in the position we were]. But
[Tehachapi] was awesome. They should be very proud of themselves."
Tehachapi (8-3) battled valiantly to reach Tuesday's final,
winning three straight games in the second-chance bracket following
Friday's 17-3 opening-round loss to CV (6-0).
But after an emotionally draining 7-4 victory against San Fernando
in Monday's second-chance bracket final, Tehachapi came out
noticeably flat from the start, resulting in three first-inning runs
for Eberhart's squad.
"[Scoring three in the first] let me breathe [in the circle],"
said Green (3-0), who, in addition to scattering four hits, collected
three doubles in four at-bats, scoring twice and driving in five
"And it's really easy to pitch with such a great defense behind
Green led a 13-hit attack for CV, which outscored its sectional
opponents, 41-14, and improved its postseason margin to 81-17.
"Kaela Green was just awesome. She pitched great," said Eberhart,
whose squad collected five hits -- three for extra bases -- and took