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Falcons off to Colton

Softball: CV faces Colton in first round Thursday, while Prep, Holy Family have wild cards today.

May 18, 2010|By Grant Gordon and Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Despite an 11-game winning streak, good fortune doesn’t exactly seem to be presenting itself to the Crescenta Valley High softball team.

Having played itself into a scenario to possibly share the Pacific League title and then enter the CIF postseason as the league’s top seed, the Falcons could do no more than watch as Burroughs clinched the league crown.

Entering this week’s postseason as a streaking second-place squad, the Falcons will now venture to Colton for a first-round road game against the San Andreas League champion.

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“Nothing surprises me with the draws,” said veteran Falcons Coach Dan Berry, whose team tackles its latest challenge on Thursday at 3:15 p.m.

Flintridge Prep and Holy Family also made it to the postseason, but both will begin their second seasons today.

The Rebels, after taking third in the Prep League, will host Paraclete, an Olympic League at-large berth, in a Division V contest, while Holy Family will travel to face Baptist Christian, the Victory League’s No. 3 team, in a Division VI affair.

For Berry and the Falcons, after an up-hill trek to get back into the league title hunt, the team appears ready to simply roll along with whatever obstacle’s put in front of them.

“That’s all you can do, it’s one pitch at a time,” Berry said.

Led all season by pitcher and leadoff hitter Erin Ashby and shortstop Alyssa Sovereign, Crescenta Valley (18-8, 12-2) has steadily improved, with the likes of Sydney House, Cece Martinez, Nicole Salas and Allison Lacey making lofty contributions.

“We have to be extremely happy with how they’ve come together and how they’ve performed,” said Berry, whose Falcons advanced to the quarterfinals last season and have advanced past the first round every season since 2002.

Colton (19-7, 14-1 in league) has won five in a row, having allowed just one run in that span.

Yellowjackets pitchers Marcilena Valenzuela and Marlaina Fuerta have combined for just over 128 innings pitched and own respective 1.73 and 0.88 earned-run averages. Valenzuela also has a .478 average with 25 runs batted in and 25 runs scored.

Should CV advance, it would face either Warren or a wild-card draw on May 25 at a site to be determined.

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