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Crescenta Valley's late rally falls short in CIF playoff loss

Baseball: Falcons falter in first round of postseason against Notre Dame at home.

May 20, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — A seventh-inning rally gave the Crescenta Valley High baseball team some hope and the Falcons faithful something, at long last, to cheer about at Stengel Field on Thursday afternoon.

But it wasn't enough to overcome the previous six innings of struggles or to keep the Falcons' season from ending in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

After being outplayed by Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for much of the game, the Falcons scored twice in the seventh and brought the tying run to the plate twice with the heart of their order threatening only to fall, 6-3.


"We knew we were behind by five, so we needed to get some runs," said Falcons right fielder Tyler Pollak, one of four Falcons to reach base in the seventh inning. "Everyone did their job for the most part. We just couldn't get it done."

Knights starting pitcher Jack Morello held the Pacific League runner-up Falcons (23-5) to one run on two hits over six strong innings, but was replaced on the mound by Matt Lathuras to begin the seventh and Crescenta Valley responded immediately.

Cam Silva led off the inning with a sharp single to right field and Bogart Avila followed with a base hit to right. A 2-2 wild pitch to Pollak advanced both runners and Pollak took the next pitch outside to walk and load the bases with no outs for the top of the order.

Leadoff man Cole Currie made it 6-2 with a slow grounder to first base that plated Silva and next batter Elliott Surrey came through with a two-strike single up the middle to score courtesy runner Bryan Wang from third base.

Center fielder Troy Mulcahey, who hit a team-leading nine home runs on the season, stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and quickly fell behind, 0-2, with the second strike coming on a check-swing call that drew adamant protest from Mulcahey and Falcons Coach Phil Torres.

But Mulcahey took the next two pitches in the dirt and another off the plate to work the count full, only to strike out swinging. Troy Prasertsit came up next and got ahead of Lathuras, 2-0, before chopping a high bouncer back to the mound for the final out.

"We had a little chance there, you couldn't ask for more," Torres said. "We had a guy with nine home runs up there and he's the tying run and he just chased ball four, unfortunately."

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