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CV runs streak up to seven

Baseball: A big second inning puts Falcons up early en route to mercy-rule win.

May 06, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — The Crescenta Valley High baseball team’s first hit of a fateful second inning on Wednesday night against visiting Burroughs at Stengel Field traveled about two feet from home plate. The last traveled nearly 400 and blew the Pacific League game wide open.

Kyle Pomeroy’s three-run home run gave the Falcons an eight-run lead and capped a frustrating second inning for the Indians that set the wheels in motion for an 11-1 five inning Crescenta Valley win.

The Falcons (18-5, 9-2 in league) avenged a league-opening loss to Burroughs on March 23 by jumping on Indians starter Nate Albers early to improve their current win streak to seven.


“We hit some balls on the screws, that’s the same pitcher that gave us a hard time at their place,” Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said. “I think we were a little more disciplined. We didn’t chase and when he had to bring the ball in the zone we hit the ball pretty hard.”

Burroughs (9-14, 6-5), which has lost three in a row in league, trailed, 1-0, going into the bottom of the second inning, when Nate Rousey, who earned the win with a six-hit complete-game performance on the mound, led off with a hit by pitch.

Troy Prasertsit followed with a bunt that died just in front of the plate where Indians catcher Ryne Kahikina had to come out to make an unsuccessful attempt to field the ball.

Jason Kim moved the runners with a groundout and Edward Lee plated both for a 3-0 lead with a double that dropped just inside the right-field foul line.

Cole Currie walked and Elliott Surrey kept the assembly line running with a softly lined hit that got past the charging left fielder for a two-run double that rolled to the fence.

Surrey was out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple, but the Falcons went on to deliver some clutch two-out at bats.

Joe Sedano walked and Troy Mulcahey singled sharply to left field to bring up Pomeroy, who smashed a 1-0 offering high over the left-field fence.

“They hit the ball extremely well tonight,” Burroughs Coach JR Schwer said. “They’re a tough team.”

Sean Bradshaw relieved Albers and allowed just three hits over the next 2 1/3 innings, but the Indians could not record an out in the bottom of the fifth inning before Jason Kim doubled in Prasertsit, who had two hits, to enact the mercy rule.

“We pitched well this week and we hit the ball hard, which is good this time of year,” said Torres, whose team added two runs in the bottom of the third inning on an error and a run-scoring double by Surrey. “[Burroughs] is the loss we’ve been chasing since March.

“All you can do is keep winning.”

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