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Rivals shut down Falcons

Baseball: CV never gets going in 6-2 loss to league-champ Arcadia.

May 15, 2010|By Grant Gordon

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Even on the occasion in which the Falcons were not their own worst enemies, nothing seemed to roll their way.

Example enough came as Arcadia High shortstop Garrett Tuck barehanded a grounder from Crescenta Valley’s Joe Sedano, making a stellar play for the final out in the visiting Apaches’ 6-2 Pacific League win over the Falcons in front of a jampacked crowd at Stengel Field.

“It’s easy to play when it’s 10-0,” said Falcons Coach Phil Torres, whose team had an eight-game winning streak halted, a streak in which seven of the wins came by seven runs or more. “We played pretty afraid. We played pretty scared.”

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With the victory, Arcadia (22-3, 14-0 in league), the ninth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division II, defeated CV (19-6, 11-3) to finish the league season undefeated.

With Arcadia having already clinched the league title and CV having already wrapped up second place, only playoff standing and the rivalry were at hand. Nonetheless, the Falcons seemed out of their game from the onset.

“It’s unfortunate not to play your best in a big game,” said Torres, whose team committed five errors. “I thought with [it being] Arcadia and the crowd, that you’d get their best effort and sometimes you don’t.”

Arcadia got a complete-game effort from side-armer KJ Edson. Edson allowed seven hits, including three to Elliott Surrey, but made a habit of stranding Falcons runners.

Edson was staked to a 1-0 lead from the start, as Arcadia made good on two hits, a walk and an error in the top of the first.

CV starter Troy Mulcahey ran into more trouble in the second when he loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks, but induced a two-out groundout only to see the play result in another error that allowed two runs to cross.

Surrey came on in relief and pitched the next four innings, allowing two runs.

A Mulcahey groundout in the bottom of the third scored Surrey to make it 5-1 before Kyle Pomeroy singled in Sedano, cutting the lead to 5-2.

Still, the game never seemed close as it limped along at a slow pace.

In the sixth, Arcadia added another run.

Adding injury to insult, both Surrey and reliever David Whitaker were pegged by line drives to the mound.

It’s a performance that Torres hopes his players take to heart.

“[They] should go home and [they] should be pissed off,” Torres said.

But when the playoff brackets are announced Monday, he added that everything starts over.

“Everybody’s 0-0 now,” he said, “everybody starts fresh.”


Get in touch GRANT GORDON is the sports editor. He can be reached at (818) 637-3225 or grant.gordon@latimes.com.

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