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Crescenta Valley High softball pushes back for win over Hoover

Softball: After falling behind to Hoover, CV mounts comeback, 8-6.

March 28, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Hannah Cookson, left, receives a high five from Chloe Fairbrother in an 8-6 win over Hoover Thursday. Cookson hit a two-run homer in the sixth to end the scoring.
Crescenta Valley High's Hannah Cookson, left,… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

LA CRESCENTA — The Hoover High coaches and players felt this was the perfect time for the program to finally break a long standing Pacific League stranglehold that Crescenta Valley has possessed for years.

And it looked as if the Tornadoes were ready to dispel the ghosts of defeat Thursday in a league game against the host Falcons.

PHOTOS: CV vs. Hoover girls' softball

Hoover jumped out to a three-run lead to open the game, and even when Crescenta Valley fought back to take the lead, the Tornadoes didn’t wilt, but instead did some battling of their own to tie the score.

But there is a reason why Crescenta Valley has been one of the premier — if not the premier — programs in league for decades. And with perhaps the most potent offensive weapon in the league in Hannah Cookson, the Falcons have a knack for finding a way to win.

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That’s just what they did Thursday.

Cookson delivered a monster two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that broke a tie and paved the way for an 8-6 victory for the Falcons.

Crescenta Valley (6-6-1, 2-0 in league) did notch the win, however, Hoover (2-3, 0-2) proved it has the talent to challenge the storied Falcons.

“You have to give every bit of credit to Hoover,” Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Sanford said. “They came in, they weren’t afraid, they played the way they needed to play and you have to give them a lot of credit for the game that they played. You can tell that their coach works hard and their girls work hard.”

Hoover Coach Rich Henning said this year’s team is like nothing he’s coached in his six years he’s been with the program. He said the players are dedicated, they put in a great deal of extra time and they are committed to making the program a winner.

“I got a bunch of seniors, and they are all committed this year, and that’s something I haven’t always seen in this program in the past,” Henning said. “Right now, we really feel like we can play with anybody in league.

“But we gave up some runs that we shouldn’t have, and we committed some errors that we shouldn’t have that led to some runs. But what I’m most proud of is that in the past, they would have just collapsed after those errors. But they didn’t this time.”

Although it was Hoover that put the pressure on the Falcons early, it was Crescenta Valley that would finish things — thanks to the bat of Cookson.

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