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Forfeit can't fade CV squad

Baseball: One day after having title win nullified, Junior All-Stars claim crown.

July 12, 2011|By Emin Avakian, Special to the News-Press

TUJUNGA — This time, it's official.

Just one day after Crescenta Valley's one-run victory over Burbank in the District 16 Junior Baseball championship game was protested and nullified on the grounds Crescenta Valley used an ineligible player, the two teams were back on the field ready to settle it once and for all.

Fueled by motivation and feeling like it had something to prove, Crescenta Valley came out swinging in the first inning en route to a 11-2 trouncing of Burbank at Tujunga Little League Fields on Monday afternoon.

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"This was our chance to come out and prove we can beat Burbank, and we throttled them," said Crescenta Valley Coach Peter Cosfol, whose team's 3-2 Sunday win was forfeited. "We put the pedal to the metal."

In regards to the forfeit, Cosfol said his player, Ty Lousararian, had been playing all season with a waiver, but the protest showed it hadn't been signed by Little League District 16 volunteer administrator Dave Ritchie. Crescenta Valley appealed the ruling, but the decision went in Burbank's favor, causing a forfeit and setting up Monday's game.

Burbank Coach Tony Castiglioni said, in other words, that he didn't think twice about protesting the loss, but didn't mention how he got the information.

"I'm told to look at my roster and make sure all the paper work is completed, so if it applies to me, then it should apply to everyone else," he said. "The same kid played Friday night, so they should have been out of the tournament."

Castiglioni apparently filed the protest during Sunday's game that had Burbank holding a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, where Crescenta Valley's Jacob Cook tied the score with a double to right that plated Johnny Alvarado. Cook came around to score on an error by the third baseman.

In the if-necessary contest on Monday, Crescenta Valley wasted little time, swinging hot bats in the first inning, which continued for the duration of the ballgame. Jacob Martinez and Jacob Cook each hit RBI singles to get the first-inning rally going that also had Crescenta Valley scoring on a passed ball.

It would be all Crescenta Valley starting pitcher Kevin Hello would need, as he pitched a no-hitter into the fifth inning. By that point, the team led, 10-0, and had the mercy rule in mind. Ultimately though, Burbank scored in the bottom halves of the fifth and sixth innings to avoid the early exit.

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