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Crescenta Valley gets its share

Softball: Behind big-time contributions from seniors, Falcons earn a share of Pacific League championship with 4-0 rivalry victory over visiting Arcadia.

May 13, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — With the Pacific League title on the line and their archrivals opposing them with the backdrop of senior day, motivation for Thursday afternoon's softball game was hardly in short supply for Crescenta Valley High.

And after a strong start to its regular-season finale, a focused Falcons squad reestablished itself atop the league after a brief hiatus, as Crescenta Valley's 4-0 win over visiting Arcadia assured it a share of the Pacific crown.

"It feels good, seeing as how we didn't get it last year, to prove to everybody that we could get it and we could come back," Falcons senior first baseman Sydney House of winning the league title after finishing second last season brought about the end of a three-year streak of championships. "We knew that we had to win this game and I think we definitely came out pumped up and ready to play."

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House blasted a solo home run that skipped off the top of the left-field fence before coming to rest on the other side to give the Falcons a 2-0 first-inning lead. Single runs by Crescenta Valley in the second and third innings built the final score, which hardly represented the rather lopsided feel of the game.

"They played well, they were focused," said Falcons Coach Dan Berry, whose team improved to 21-3 and 13-1 in league with its 12th straight win and secured a share of the league title with Burroughs, which defeated Burbank, 5-3, on Thursday night. "I think it was important that they stayed focused and worked hard. I think after the first game against Burroughs they saw the light."

Crescenta Valley, ranked 10th in the latest CIF Southern Section Division III poll, lost to Burroughs, 8-2, on March 31, but was able to avenge that loss on May 3, winning, 5-3, and has kept pace in first place ever since.

"Only so much is in our control," said senior Erin Ashby, who combined with Helene Cook for a shutout in the circle and also contributed two hits offensively. "We work as hard as we can to take advantage of what we can and hopefully things fall into place.

"I think the loss [to Burroughs] kinda pulled our team together. It was a wake-up call."

While matters didn't fall into place for the Falcons to secure the league title all to themselves, they certainly took care of everything they could on their end.

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