Senior Surrey dials in

In his senior season, Falcons lefty is off to a perfect 5-0 start with eyes on Pacific prize

April 16, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk

With a stellar senior core at the center of a talented all-around roster, it's become a popular opinion that 2012 could be the best chance the Crescenta Valley High baseball team has had in years to win a Pacific League title and make a deep playoff run.

Fortunately for the Falcons, Elliot Surrey takes the mound every few days with a lethal left arm and a quiet confidence that's contagious.

"When he pitches, we know he's going to throw strikes and he's going to win us the ballgame," says left fielder Troy Prasertsit, one third of the Falcons' nucleus of four-year starters along with Surrey and center fielder Troy Mulcahey.


Surrey is unbeaten on the mound this season, swings a hot bat in the No. 2 hole and relishes the role he's grown into as a steadying influence for the Falcons.

"It's kind of a nice feeling knowing that they count on somebody every game that I'm out there," Surrey says. "It makes me feel good about myself, it gives me confidence, as well.

"It's just a good group of guys and we all support each other, which is good."

In five starts, Surrey is 5-0 with a minuscule 0.68 earned-run average. He's issued just one walk in 31 innings pitched, while fanning 44 and is holding opponents to under a .200 batting average.

"As a pitcher, he's left-handed, which gives him an advantage, his ball moves, he battles and he competes," Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres says. "He's locked in when he's pitching, things don't bother him all around and this year you can see where if things go bad around him, he can tighten that belt up and go back after guys.

"That's just kind of a sign of maturity where maybe you didn't see that the last couple of years. Now he'll bull his neck a little bit and keep going back after guys."

His solid start has been the foundation of the Falcons' own burst out of the gate. After Saturday's doubleheader sweep of San Diego Mater Dei, in which Surrey fanned 10 over five one-hit innings to get the win in the opener, the team is 12-4 overall and riding a five-game streak. More importantly, the team is 4-0 in the Pacific League with a showdown with reigning league champ and bitter archrival Arcadia looming on Friday.

Surrey opened league on the mound against Pasadena on March 23 with a two-hit complete game in a 3-2 win over Pasadena, in which he struck out 11, including the final three batters he faced to end the game.

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