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Falcons have no answer for Northwood

Baseball: Crescenta Valley High sees season end with 9-1 wild-card loss at Stengel Field on Tuesday.

May 19, 2010|By Grant Gordon

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — When Crescenta Valley High baseball Coach Phil Torres saw his team’s draw for its CIF Southern Section Division II wild-card game, he knew Tuesday’s contest would be an arduous one at that.

He knew the Falcons would see the best that Northwood had to offer in the form of starting pitcher Zack Weiss.

And, indeed, the Falcons got the right-hander’s best, as he was borderline spectacular for seven innings, enjoying a lead throughout as the Timberwolves jumped all over CV pitching from the start and never looked back, while Weiss never allowed a CV offensive to move forward.

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The end result was a 9-1 win for visiting Northwood on Tuesday afternoon at Stengel Field and, subsequently, the end to Crescenta Valley’s season.

“That guy’s pretty good,” said Torres of Weiss, who relinquished just three hits and one walk over seven innings, while striking out five. “He pitched pretty well.

“I’m not sure anyone’s come in here and thrown that hard since Trevor [Bell’s] been here.”

Bell, a Crescenta Valley graduate, is now with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, while Weiss is headed to UCLA.

The Bruin-to-be hurler also hit a three-run home run in the third as part of a three-hit day in which he knocked in four runs and propelled Northwood (14-13), the fourth-place squad from the Sea View League, into a first-round contest against Mayfair on Friday. Crescenta Valley, after a second-place finish in the Pacific League ended its campaign at 19-7.

“Nineteen wins is a lot of wins for a very young club,” said Torres, who had just two seniors starters and had five underclassmen in the starting lineup. “But that doesn’t mean everybody’s automatically better next year. That’s what everybody needs to remember.”

On Tuesday, his underclassmen provided the only offensive highlights, as freshman Cole Curries had a pair of singles, a stolen base and a run batted in, cutting the score to 6-1 in the bottom of the third when his infield single scored Nate Rousey, who led off the inning with an infield single.

On the mound, though, Rousey was victimized by a single to right off the second baseman’s glove and then an opposite-field bloop single to start the game.

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