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Falcons tumble against rivals

Baseball: First-place showdown doesn't bring out CV's best in 4-2 loss to Arcadia.

April 16, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With a resounding start to the season, the Crescenta Valley High baseball team's ascent to reclaim its spot atop the Pacific League was seemingly headed in the right direction.

That was until the Falcons, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division II, ran into the roadblock that was the archrival Arcadia Apaches — the two-time reigning league champions.

Despite throwing their best three arms at their rivals, the Falcons never found their way and looked far from their best in a 4-2 defeat to the Apaches on Friday night at Stengel Field in a first-place league showdown.

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"I think we all feel if we play our best game, we can beat them," said Falcons shortstop Cole Currie. "But they play well. League goes through them and they showed it again tonight."

With the game tied, 2-2, entering the seventh, CV's Troy Mulcahey, who had come in to relieve starter Kyle Murray in the fifth, issued a five-pitch walk with two outs. Falcons Coach Phil Torres wasted no time in bringing in Elliott Surrey. Surrey got behind 3-0, with his third pitch — a mid-level fastball — getting past catcher Cam Silva and allowing the go-ahead run into scoring position. Three pitches later, Arcadia's Tyler Dominguez lined a single to short left. Left fielder Troy Prasertsit's throw home was on line, but short of the plate and Silva bobbled it, allowing George Papavasiliou to score. Dominguez later added an insurance run on a double steal, scoring just ahead of the Falcons getting the runner at second.

The stanza summed up the Falcons' effort in Torres' eyes, as he characterized his team's play as, "scared" and "immature."

"We didn't pitch well, we didn't receive well," Torres said. "You gotta make that throw [from shallow left field].

"I don't think anybody could be happy about how they played. At least I hope not."

The Falcons (14-3, 4-1) fell into second place with the loss, while Arcadia (14-3, 5-0) extended its league winning streak to 22 games.

Murray threw four innings, allowing two runs (one earned), six hits, striking out six and walking two. Mulcahey then came on and went 2 2/3, giving up two hits, two walks, hitting a batter and striking out two. The winning run was charged to him, but was allowed by Surrey, who faced two hitters and allowed a pair of singles.

The Falcons trio was forced to work through trouble all game, none of them able to turn in a 1-2-3 inning and getting lost in a slew of deep counts.

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