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Falcons notch co-MVPs in Pacific League baseball

Baseball: Crescenta Valley High aces Surrey, Murray take home top honor after pitching team to league title.

June 09, 2012|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

Having wrestled away the top spot in the Pacific League from longtime champion Arcadia High, Crescenta Valley also found itself atop the list of the All-Pacific League baseball team.

As it related to the Pacific League Player of the Year, to the winner went the spoils, as the Falcons senior pitching duo of Kyle Murray and Elliot Surrey shared the honor ahead of teammates Ted Boeke, Troy Mulcahey and Cameron Silva claiming first-team accolades as part of a Falcons players contingent of eight all-league honorees.

"I think they're probably the two best pitchers in league and I think everybody realized that," said Falcons Coach Phil Torres, whose team posted a 20-8 record and a first-place mark of 12-2 in league that unseated three-time defending champion Arcadia. "Everything starts with pitching."

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Second-place Burbank's Dylan Mersola and Daniel Starkand, along with Brian Pozos of fourth-place Burroughs, also nabbed first-team recognition.

Surrey and Murray proved to be a driving force in bringing the league crown back to Crescenta Valley for the first time since 2008.

"I thought it was gonna go to Elliot or Troy," said Murray, who has known Surrey since they were Little Leaguers, of the POY honor. "It's pretty cool to see how far we've come."

Both Murray and Surrey found out they'd been voted co-players of the year at the team's postseason banquet. Surrey opened up the banquet program in which the honorees were listed, only to find — at least at first — that he wasn't on it.

"First I looked through the first team and I didn't see my name," Surrey said. "Then I looked at the second team and the honorable mention and I wasn't there and I was like, 'I guess I didn't make it.' Then I looked up top and saw the co-players of the year and I was like, 'Wow, I didn't know I had that great of a year.'"

Surrey, a left-hander, finished his year with a 6-1 mark over 50 1/3 innings, tallying a 1.11 earned-run average and 73 strikeouts to just three walks. In league play, he posted a 4-1 record with a 1.47 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 33 1/3 innings.

"Elliot did it with his bat, too," Torres said, "and he's just a great kid who works hard and plays his butt off and coaches realize that."

The UC Irvine-bound Surrey hit .341 with 14 runs batted in, 22 runs and eight doubles (.350 average, 10 RBI, 13 runs and five doubles in league).

Murray notched six hits in 12 league at-bats, but it was clearly his right arm that earned him recognition and the Falcons a league crown.

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