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Falcons fall in first round

Baseball: Six-run second is too much for CV to overcome in 7-4 first-round loss.

May 17, 2012|By Grant Gordon
(Roger Wilson/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — One bad inning can end one heckuva good season.

Essentially, that's what happened on Thursday afternoon at Stengel Field, as the host Crescenta Valley High baseball team out hit and, at least for six innings, out pitched visiting Tustin, but could never come back from allowing a six-run second inning en route to a CIF Southern Section Division II first-round exit at the hands of the Tillers, 7-4.

"That's tough to dig out of," said Falcons Coach Phil Torres of the 6-0 deficit that came to be after Tustin scratched together six runs in the top of the second on four singles — two via bunt — an error, a hit batsman and two walks.

While the big inning told the story on the scoreboard, many of the Falcons (20-7), who totaled nine hits to the Tillers' six, thought there was another factor that kept them from advancing to Tuesday's second round.

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"Personally, the story of the game for me was when we hit the ball, it was just right at them," said senior right fielder Troy Mulcahey, the reigning All-Area Baseball Player of the Year. "We hit the ball hard all game."

Mulcahey ended the game with a hot shot to shortstop, hustling through and diving head first into the first base bag only to come up just short on the final out of the game and his successful Falcons tenure. It also concluded a stellar game, as he went three for four with a single, a double and a two-run home run in the third that keyed a four-run inning, bringing life to the Falcons and the score to 6-4.

"Right when I hit that two-run home run, I thought, 'We're back in it,'" Mulcahey said. "We were gonna battle."

Crescenta Valley did battle and made the most of an excellent six-inning relief performance by Elliot Surrey, but it just wasn't enough.

"We hit the ball hard, it's a big field and they tracked everything down," Torres said.

Alas, the game began with tale and congratulations of a Crescenta Valley CIF championship and after the third inning there was ice cream for everybody, but all the good karma didn't add up to a win for the Falcons, who couldn't cash in Cole Currie, who had singled to begin a two-hit day, and Mulcahey reaching base in the bottom of the first as a very close 6-4-3 double play was turned by Tustin to end the threat.

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