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CV bests rival, 7-2

Softball: Falcons win, but title falls from their grasp after Burroughs win.

May 14, 2010|By Grant Gordon

ARCADIA — A combination of luck, skill, fortitude and fate was needed for the Crescenta Valley High softball team to emerge Thursday with its fourth consecutive Pacific League title.

And on Thursday afternoon, the Falcons and Peter Kim, an assistant principal at Crescenta Valley, had taken care of two of the first three steps needed to do just that.

Crescenta Valley took care of business against host Arcadia in its league finale, but not before withstanding a spirited effort from the archrival Apaches that saw the Falcons take away a 7-2 victory.

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“It’s always a good game between us because we’re rivals,” said sophomore Allison Lacey, who had two hits and a pair of runs, including the first of the game, which gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the first that would hold as the score until the sixth. “But we stepped up and did work.”

After extending its lead to 3-0 in the sixth, Crescenta Valley (18-8, 12-2) saw Arcadia (12-11, 8-6) creep back in with two runs in the sixth. But the Falcons, as has been a recent trend, answered immediately to the tune of a four-run seventh that put the game to rest.

“This was our game and we had to come in focused,” said Falcons pitcher Erin Ashby in reference to the team’s approach knowing it had to beat Arcadia for a chance at sharing the league title. “Now we just have to sit and wait and hope things fall our way.”

The third part of the Falcons’ league-title equation didn’t come to fruition, however, as Burroughs defeated Burbank, 4-0, to claim the title outright. Had Burbank won, the three teams would have shared the league title. However, CV, represented by Kim, won a coin flip earlier in the day and would have gone into the playoffs as the league’s top team.

But well before Burroughs and Burbank took the field, Falcons Coach Dan Berry was beaming at what his team had accomplished, whether it resulted in a league crown or not.

“There’s absolutely zero quit in these kids,” said Berry, whose team was down 3-0 to Burbank in the first inning on Tuesday, but rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning en route to an 11-4 win. “I’m proud to have coached them.”

Lacey singled with one out in the first and then moved around to score on the strength of a pair of Arcadia errors.

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