Crescenta Valley falls in frantic finish

Baseball: District 16 champion squad stumbles late in Section 2 contest, must win out to stay alive.

July 19, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk,

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — While frantically trying to dig their way out of the mess made by a meltdown on the mound and in the field in the sixth inning, the members of the Crescenta Valley District 16 Junior Baseball All-Stars had nearly repaid the same fate on their opponent, San Marino, by the conclusion of a wild seventh inning on Sunday night.

Crescenta Valley was able to cut a nine-run deficit down to three runs by scoring three apiece in the sixth and seventh innings, but the comeback fell just short, as San Marino posted a 17-14 win at Scholl Canyon Park to advance to the championship game at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the same venue.

Crescenta Valley, which was knocked into the loser's bracket, must now play an elimination game against Encino at 5:30 p.m. today at Scholl Canyon to try to get back on course to win the tournament and advance to the District Tournament. In order to do that, Crescenta Valley will have to win today and then and then beat San Marino twice, including in an if-necessary game Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. at Scholl Canyon.


"Now we're gonna have to come back and win three games starting [today]," Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said.

Josh Cook connected on a monster three-run home run to dead center field in the bottom of the sixth to cut San Marino's lead to 17-11. At the time, it seemed to hardly matter in the face of the 13-run inning San Marino had just put up, an outburst fueled by six hits, including a two-run home run, four walks and two costly errors.

"I think if we catch that fly ball in the sixth inning, it's 11-11 and we win the game," Torres said in reference to a dropped catch in center field that extended the inning and allowed San Marino to eventually score seven more runs. "Then it's a whole different scenario."

But Cook's blast would be the beginning of a comeback that had San Marino anything but comfortable in trying to close out the last inning.

Kyle Tremain reached on an error to start the bottom of the seventh and although San Marino was able to retire two of the next four batters, it also walked the other two to load the bases. A fielding error on a Michael Russo ground ball brought in two runs and Crescenta Valley pulled to within 17-14 on a throwing error up the right-field line on a strikeout and passed ball.

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