NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With the additional time spent in the batting cage, it's no wonder why the members of the Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Star baseball team are prepared and confident when they step into the batter's box during a game.
Nearly each day, all 13 of the Crescenta Valley players spend about 20 minutes apiece perfecting their swings in the cage. It's paved the way for success during the postseason.
Crescenta Valley pounded out 13 hits Tuesday afternoon en route to a 14-1 victory against Burbank in the District 16 Tournament championship game at Babe Herman Field. The contest was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Crescenta Valley will next meet Sherman Oaks in an opening-round game of the Section 2 Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at Northridge City Little League Field.
"Everybody goes over to [Crescenta Valley assistant Dan Mulcahey's house] and we try to work all the time getting better," said Crescenta Valley shortstop Zach Feehan, who had three hits, including a grand slam. "The hitting has just been incredible."