Wild cards, road games abound

Baseball: Prep travels to Capistrano Valley Christian on Friday, CV hosts Northwood today.

May 18, 2010|By Grant Gordon

GLENDALE — With respective second-place league finishes behind them, Flintridge Prep and Crescenta Valley High’s baseball teams now enter the chaos and great unknown that is the CIF Southern Section postseason.

The Rebels will travel, and travel far, to face Capistrano Valley Christian in the opening round of the Division VI playoffs on Friday, while the Falcons will host Northwood today in a Division II wild-card game at 4:15 p.m. at Stengel Field.

While Prep was one of seven second-place squads to receive first-round placement in Division VI, which features 11 wild-card games, CV was not fortunate enough to be selected as one of four second-place squads in the first round in Division II, but is, instead, in one of the division’s mind-spinning 16 wild-card games.


“You just never know,” said Falcons Coach Phil Torres of how the postseason brackets will play out. “We’re fortunate to be playing at home.”

Northwood (13-13, 7-8 in Sea View League), which finished tied for fourth in its league, travels to face a Falcons squad (19-6, 11-3 in Pacific League) that had been riding an eight-game winning streak before losing to rival Arcadia on Friday, 6-2, in a game that was hardly CV’s finest hour. Nonetheless, Torres believes his team can and should bounce back.

“It’s a new day,” said Torres, whose team, should it prevail, would play at Mayfair on Friday. “They’re high school kids, they’ll turn the page. We’ll be fine, we’ll be ready to go.”

Northwood has lost its last two contests.

The Timberwolves are led at the plate by Kyle Purzycki (.438 average, 20 runs batted in, 16 runs), one of seven players with 10-or-more RBIs on the season. On the mound, Zack Weiss boasts a 6-4 record with a 2.68 earned-run average and 69 strikeouts in 52 innings.

Reigning All-Area pick Joe Sedano has been a mainstay in the heart of the Falcons’ order, while sophomores Troy Prasertsit, Nate Rousey, Troy Mulcahey and Elliot Surrey have also been key contributors, with the latter three having been the most formidable on the mound, as well.

Still, Torres knows little about Northwood and believes that’s how it is for most starting the playoffs.

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