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Surge still going for CV

Softball: Falcons’ win over Burbank keeps them in hunt for title.

May 12, 2010|By Grant Gordon

LA CRESCENTA — When first the Burbank High and Crescenta Valley softball teams locked up in a Pacific League affair, the teams combined for 15 runs with the Bulldogs taking home a dramatic extra-inning, one-run victory.

Though the teams combined once more for 15 runs, Tuesday’s showdown was a far different ballgame, as consequently, Crescenta Valley appears to be a much different ballclub after winning its 10th straight game in the form of an emphatic 11-4 home victory against Burbank.

“Everybody’s done their part,” said Falcons junior pitcher Erin Ashby, who got the win in the circle and sparked a Falcons comeback with a first-inning home run on her way to a two-for-two day at the plate with a walk, three runs and two runs batted in. “Some people have stepped it up in the field, some people have stepped it up in the plate.”

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Crescenta Valley (17-8, 11-2) certainly stepped it up and answered in kind after Burbank (17-8, 11-2) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning only to watch it quickly fall to the wayside when the Falcons erupted for five first-inning runs of their own.

“They defend their home turf well, they came up with big hits,” said Bulldogs Coach Nicole Drabecki, whose team had a seven-game winning streak halted. “After we scored the three runs, I was thinking, ‘Wow, we have a good game in front of us.’ And then they came back. They scored those runs and they never stopped.”

The Falcons offense, bolstered by senior shortstop Alyssa Sovereign’s three hits and two runs and a two-run home run by Sydney House, followed the five-run first with a huge four-run fourth that essentially put the game on ice.

“[The team is] 100% different,” said Sovereign of the Falcons since they first played the Bulldogs. “Our team camaraderie is way better.”

With Tuesday’s outcome, both teams are assured finishing no lower than third place in league, as both are tied for second heading into Thursday’s finale in which the Falcons face rival Arcadia and the Bulldogs take on rival Burroughs, which sits in first place.

Should both CV and Burbank prevail, it would force a three-way tie for the league title.

“I guess you could say we are,” said Ashby of rooting for Burbank. “We always want the best outcome for the season, so we’ll just cross our fingers and hope for the best.”

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