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Is it finally CV's time?

Junior-laden class is likely favorite to reclaim Falcons' perch atop Pacific League.

March 04, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — For the last two seasons, Crescenta Valley High's baseball team has had a wealth of underclassmen seemingly brimming with potential.

While that talent has certainly been glimpsed, Falcons Coach Phil Torres and his staff are still looking for a season in which consistency meets flair. Whether or not that time is here remains to be seen, but after a second-place Pacific League finish last year behind two-time reigning champion Arcadia, the Falcons have the league's most vaunted group of returners.

"It's an 11th-grade team that's experienced, they've been through the battles," Torres said. "You always want to go out and win league, that's why you play."

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But the X-factor will be the mental game for the Falcons, who are likely to be led by juniors Elliott Surrey, Troy Mulcahey, Troy Prasertsit and Kyle Murray.

"We've got plenty of arms, kids [who] are experienced. It's how mature [they] are, how are [they] gonna react when something goes bad," Torres said. "I don't think it has to do with anything baseball-wise. It has to do with growing up. That stuff has to come from the inside."

The traditionally vaunted Falcons staff will feature reigning All-Area picks Surrey and Mulcahey, who will also anchor the middle of the lineup, along with Murray. Murray is a junior who worked his way through the program away from any limelight, but, according to Torres, has earned himself a spot as the team's clean-up hitter and frontline starting pitcher.

"Guys are just gonna have to step up and play defense, because we're pretty good on the bump," Torres said.

Kyle Pomeroy, a senior, could also lend a helping arm as he looks to have recovered from a damaging arm injury that's kept him off the mound the last two seasons. Sophomore Cole Currie will also return to start, but will move from second base to shortstop to fill the vacancy left by Nate Rousey. Rousey, a standout pitcher, as well, moved to Fresno after his father, former Cal State Northridge baseball Coach Steve Rousey, received a job as an assistant coach at Fresno State.

Coach Buzz Cook of Flintridge Prep, the only other local team to make it to the playoffs last year, falling in the wild-card round, same as Crescenta Valley, is dealing with the loss of seven seniors from a 16-player roster.

Elsewhere locally, Glendale, Hoover and St. Francis were all on the outside of the postseason looking in.

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