House lined a pitch from Hoover starting pitcher Christina Iezza over the center-field fence to give the Falcons (14-8 and 8-2 in league) a 3-0 lead. The win also kept the Falcons within striking distance of Burroughs for the league championship. The third-place Falcons trail first-place Burroughs by two games and are one game behind Burbank for second place. Crescenta Valley and Burroughs will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Olive Park in Burbank.
“We all need to stay together because we know we have a big game with Burroughs,” House said.
Ashby, a junior right-hander, limited the Tornadoes (8-12 and 3-7) to one hit in six innings. Ashby struck out the side in the third inning. She also struck out two in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings.
Ashby contributed two doubles and one single for the Falcons, who got a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first from shortstop Alyssa Sovereign that scored Ashby to make it 1-0.
Hoover Coach Rich Henning said the Tornadoes couldn’t recover from the three-run deficit.
“When you fall behind, 3-0, to a quality team like a CV, you have put yourself in a giant hole,” said Henning, whose team suffered a 5-0 home loss to Crescenta Valley on March 30. “We were not quite there to rebound.
“We are still making baby steps, but when we play one of the better teams, it’s more like a crawl. We have a lapse, and it just seems to cost us.”
A lapse on a grounder to second wound up costing Hoover in the second.
With two outs, Ashby hit a grounder to the second baseman, who booted the ball and then threw wildly past the first baseman. Ashby advanced to second and scored on a single by sophomore catcher Allison Lacey to extend the lead to 4-0.
Ashby drove in a run with a single to make it 5-0 before junior designated player Kelly Bako hit a solo home run down the left-field line to extend the lead to 6-0.
House capped the scoring with a run-scoring single in the sixth.
Crescenta Valley Coach Dan Berry, whose team has won three league championships in a row, said the big first inning carried the Falcons.
“They attacked in the first inning,” said Berry, who received a two-run home run from Sovereign in the sixth to make it 8-0. “We hit some balls hard.
“Now, we have got Burroughs next and we just have to prepare for them and hope we can do things well. You can only control what’s in your own hands.”
Crescenta Valley got two hits apiece from Cecelia Martinez and Bako.
Hoover got one hit each from Iezza and Vanessa Dorado.
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