The win was Crescenta Valley’s 12th in its last 13 league games since dropping its league opener to Burroughs on March 23. The Falcons’ only loss in that span came to Arcadia, which clinched the league title on Tuesday with its win over Glendale.
“We’re just way more into it [now],” said Rousey, who held Burbank to one earned run on five hits over six innings in a 6-4 win on April 2. “We all got hyped up after that [loss to Burroughs] and we’ve just wanted to [beat these guys] for a while.”
The Falcons (20-5, 11-2 in league) have clinched second place with the regular-season finale against Arcadia remaining on Friday.
As Crescenta Valley increased its lead inning by inning in the early going, Burbank steadily ran and threw itself out of the game with baserunning gaffes and errors.
After the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Surrey double with one out followed by a two-out Mulcahey single, the Bulldogs (14-13-1, 8-5) had their first baserunner of the game picked off at first base for the first out of the second inning.
Trying to build on a 1-0 lead to start the third inning, Crescenta Valley had a runner at first with no outs when Cole Curie bounced what looked to be an easy double-play ball back to the mound.
But the throw was wide of second base, no outs were recorded on the play and the Falcons had the bases loaded with no outs when Surrey bunted his way aboard one batter later.
Mulcahey then came through with his second RBI hit of the day, a single that drove in two for a 3-0 lead.
More questionable baserunning with no outs squelched a potential Bulldogs rally in the bottom half of the third when Ryan Favor doubled to deep-center field, but was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.