CV upends first-place Indians

Softball: Falcons defeat Burroughs, 7-4, to draw within a game of first.

May 01, 2012|By Grant Gordon
(Tim berger Staff…)

BURBANK — It was a quick start, a furious finish and in between there was nary a dull moment as Pacific League heavyweights Crescenta Valley High and host Burroughs locked up on Tuesday afternoon.

It was the furious finish that saw the Falcons plate four seventh-inning runs before withstanding an Indians rally to further complicate the league race down the stretch, as Crescenta Valley continued its surge with a 7-4 victory at Olive Park.

"Obviously, it's huge," said Falcons interim Coach Mark Samford of the win, which is the sixth straight for CV and puts it a game behind first-place Burroughs in the league standings. "For league, we have to win them all. For the girls even to be considered as a league champion [contender] the way we started is huge. It's just a testament for the girls."

Crescenta Valley (17-5, 8-2 in league), which shared the league crown with two-time reigning champion Burroughs last season, lost to Burroughs and Burbank in the first round of league play to open up Pacific play at 1-2, while the Indians (18-3, 9-1) ran roughshod to the tune of an unbeaten league mark until Tuesday. Now, with three games left in league for both teams, Crescenta Valley must win out and hope that Burroughs stumbles at least once to force a shared league title.


"[The Falcons] wanted it more than us," said Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol. "We didn't compete today, plain and simple."

Holding tight to a precarious 3-2 lead entering the top of the seventh, the Falcons seized the game with a four-run seventh keyed in many ways by the core trio — Allison Lacey (two for three with three runs), Hannah Cookson (two for two with two walks, two stolen bases and two runs) and Jessica Morena (one for three with three runs batted in and a run) — that led it throughout the contest.

With the cushion, the Falcons were able to withstand a two-run home run in the seventh by Caitlin Loera, who went two for three with three runs and knocked in two in the seventh when she belted a shot to left field that was initially misjudged by the left fielder, who then tried to reverse her step, but instead fell.

Falcons starter Olivia Thayer then issued a one-out walk, but was able to induce a lineout to Cookson in center and a groundout to end the game.

"All we did was kept focused and practiced hard and it showed on the field," Morena said. "We're really excited now."

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