"Unfortunately, we couldn't recover from it. You take out that one inning, it's a great baseball game."
It was one swing that did the most damage for the Falcons (19-2, 8-1 in league), as Kyle Pomeroy touched them all on a grand slam that made it 6-1 during the inning and CV starter Kyle Murray largely took care of the rest, going the distance and striking out 10 for the victory on the mound.
Perhaps oddly enough in a game decided by nine runs, the victors were largely dismayed with their play over six and a half innings, while the Tornadoes (6-13, 4-5) had much to be pleased with over six and a half innings.
"We have a lot better baseball [in us] that we can play," said Murray, who allowed just one hit, but walked five and also hit a batter. "I think we just came out a little flat."
Said Cotti: "We played a great baseball game except for one inning."
The Tornadoes actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Michael Zalin blooped a single to center that scored Will Davis, who had walked.
It was to be the only hit of the day for Hoover, though, while Crescenta Valley collected all of its knocks in the telling third, which started with Davis plunking Falcons No. 9 hitter Terry Ha to lead off the inning. Ha was hit by a pitch twice in the stanza and scored after each. Davis hit three batters in all during the inning and walked two more, while the Tornadoes defense committed four errors.
The carnage began to come to fruition when Troy Prasertsit's sawed-off single scored Ha to tie the game. On the next at-bat, Murray looked to have grounded into a double play, but the ball was bobbled and then the shortstop missed second base with his foot and errantly threw to first, as Cole Currie scored the go-ahead run.
Pomeroy then stepped up to open the floodgates.
"I was just trying to hit a fastball," Pomeroy said. "He was throwing the knuckleball and didn't really have control, so I was just looking for a fastball and something to hit hard."