“I was really pleased with our first couple of innings,” Drabecki said. “I felt we stayed as close as long as we could.”
Crescenta Valley began to pull away in the third.
Baillie Kirker, who had two walks, a double, two runs and an RBI, drew a one-out walk before Ziemann followed with a single. Cancelosi followed with a bloop single to center field and Green followed with another blooper that scored Kirker and a hustling Ziemann for a 3-1 lead.
Burbank had an opportunity to bounce back when Alexis Hernandez, who also had a walk, tripled to lead off the bottom of the third. An Uchida fly to center appeared to have scored Hernandez on a sacrifice, but an appeal to the bag that Hernandez left early turned into an uncharacteristic double play.
It also began a span in which Cancelosi retired eight in row.
“It was a great job by her to finish it up,” said Berry of Cancelosi, who allowed three hits and two walks, recovering from early troubles.
While Cancelosi kept the Bulldogs at bay, the Falcons were flying around the bases.
A fourth-inning triple by Ashby, who scored twice, and an ensuing single by Sovereign made it 4-1 before Ashby lined an inside-the-park home run to center that also scored Brielle Walker and Nicole Salas in the fifth.
“We had to get focused,” said Ashby of the Falcons playing better than in previous games.
In the sixth, the Falcons piled it on, scoring eight runs.
Keyed by a Ziemann triple, a double-steal that scored Natalie Honda, a triple by Sydney House and back-to-back doubles by Kirker and Ziemann, it was an exclamation mark that likely served notice that the defending league champs are as dominant as ever.
In addition to Green, Bacon and Lacey also had two-hit games.
“I think it’s a huge win,” Ashby said. “Not only because it puts us a game up on [Burbank], but also because it builds our confidence.”
GRANT GORDON is the sports editor. He can be reached at (818) 637-3225 or email@example.com.