"It's a hitter's dream, I'd say," said Falcons starting pitcher Elliot Surrey of playing in the diminutive confines of Hoover's field, which bequeathed eight extra-base knocks to the Falcons, including three home runs. "Little oppo popups that would be outs anywhere else are home runs here."
Cole Currie (two for two, two walks, three runs, two runs batted in) had the game's first home run, a two-run shot pulled over the left-field fence in the third to make it 6-1, before reigning All-Area Baseball Player of the Year Troy Mulcahey (three for four with two doubles, two runs and three RBI) popped another two-run dinger over the short center-field fence for an 8-1 advantage in the fourth. And finally, Surrey (three for five with two doubles, two runs and five RBI) annihilated a bases-loaded offering in the sixth that was only in doubt as to whether it would be fair or foul.
"Elliott's would've been gone anywhere," Currie said.
While Crescenta Valley (15-5, 7-1), which kept pace to stay a game behind first-place Arcadia, couldn't be contained inside the park, Surrey had little trouble in holding down the Tornadoes (4-12, 2-6), who scored a run to tie the game in the first, but were never heard from thereafter.
"Me, as a pitcher, I just kept throwing strikes and hitting my spots," said Surrey of rebounding from giving up a run in the opening inning. "I felt like the first inning wasn't a big deal."
It showed, as Surrey went five innings, allowed just two hits and struck out nine to no walks.
"Elliot's Elliot," Falcons Coach Phil Torres said. "He just does a great job."
Surrey's first-pitch double in the first was followed by a Mulcahey double that put the Falcons out to a quick 1-0 lead, but Hoover bounced right back.
"The first inning, they came out focused, dialed in," said Hoover Coach Joe Cotti, whose team dropped its second game in as many days after defeating rival Glendale on Friday.