Big bats blast Falcons past Glendale

Baseball: Surrey, Ha and record-setting Mulcahey lead Falcons' way in 11-0 league win.

April 27, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — With extra-base hits aplenty and power pitching to boot, Crescenta Valley High's baseball team flexed its might against host Glendale.

Behind big contributions from Elliott Surrey and Terry Ha at the plate, among others, and a standout performance on the mound from Troy Mulcahey, the Falcons thumped the Nitros, 11-0, in Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League tilt at Glendale High.

"It should be a game that we pound the ball and work on some things," said Surrey, who went three for five with four runs batted in and two runs scored.


The Falcons had 11 hits, including five for extra bases, beginning with a two-run home run by Surrey in the first inning and Mulcahey's ninth of the season in the top of the third, establishing a new single-season Crescenta Valley home run record. It broke the mark Mulcahey shared with current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Trevor Bell, who hit eight in 2004 and '05.

"Coach [Phil] Torres told me about [the record] previously," said Mulcahey, who pulled a 1-0 offering over the left-field fence. "I just think it's a great thing to accomplish, especially it being Trevor Bell. That makes it even more special."

Mulcahey's dinger presented the Falcons with a 4-0 advantage, as they were methodical in their dominance, posting a two-spot in the first, scoring single runs in the second and third, two more in the fourth and sixth and three in the seventh.

"Today was just a good day," said Ha, who went two for two with a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs and drove one in when he lasered a triple to left-center field in the second. "If we all concentrate, that's just what happens. Everyone takes good at-bats and it pays off."

While the Falcons were steady offensively, Mulcahey kept the Nitros' bats at bay.

"I just tried to keep the ball down," said Mulcahey, who went 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing three hits — all singles to Rafael Rios, Angel Covarrubias and Dillon Howard — two walks and tallying nine strikeouts. "I felt really comfortable out there."

The win brought the Falcons, ranked sixth in the latest CIF Southern Section Division II poll, to 18-2 and 7-1 in league, while the Nitros fell to 3-9 overall and 1-6 in league.

Through the first five innings, Glendale was fundamentally sound, as it simply couldn't keep up with the Falcons, but one glaring negative was the seven strikeouts looking that the Nitros tallied.

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