“I’ve been waiting on the ball and putting it in play,” said Avila, who delivered a run-scoring single as part of a seven-run second inning that gave the Falcons a 8-0 lead. “I thought that was an important part of the game [in the second inning] and I wanted to get [Nate Rousey] in.”
Hoover committed five errors, three of them in the second inning. Crescenta Valley had little difficulty capitalizing on the miscues.
Elliott Surrey had a two-run single off Hoover starting pitcher Tyler Delzell (1-4) to extend Crescenta Valley’s lead to 5-0. Joe Sedano had a RBI single to make it 6-0 before Troy Mulcahey came through with a two-run double to raise the lead to 8-0.
“Things just seemed to snowball there in that inning,” said Hoover first-year Coach Joe Cotti, who received a run-scoring single from Delzell in the fourth to cut the lead to 10-1. “They hit the ball well and they are a very good team.
“We just came out flat and you can’t afford to give six or seven outs an inning to a team like that. We just need to come back.”
Crescenta Valley scored two runs apiece in the third and fourth. In the third, the Falcons made it 10-0 on an error and a run-scoring single by Sedano. Cole Currie and Surrey had run-scoring singles in the fourth to complete the scoring.
“We have talked about putting the ball hard in play and taking it up the middle by design,” Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said.
Sedano, Mulcahey and Surrey (6-2), who pitched four innings of three-hit ball for the win, all had two hits each.
Hoover and Crescenta Valley will take part in league games today. Hoover is at Arcadia at 3:30 p.m., while CV takes on visiting Burroughs at 7.