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Crescenta Valley High baseball wins fifth straight over Hoover

Baseball: Both Falcons, Tornadoes see improvement in CV's 7-2 Pacific League win Friday.

March 29, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley third baseman Joe Torres, right, holds up the ball to show the umpire he had it, but the umpire called Hoover runner Luis Zamora safe at third.
Crescenta Valley third baseman Joe Torres, right, holds… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — While the scoreboard reflected the Crescenta Valley High baseball team being the clear winner, there were still positives for the Hoover program to take away Friday.

The Falcons were able to pile on 16 hits and jumped out to an early lead in the Pacific League contest at Hoover High, but still played the regulation seven innings in getting the 7-2 win.

“We scored some runs but we left a lot of guys on base,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres, whose team left 12 runners on base, seven in scoring position, in the win. “We took some bad at bats, too, and that’s something we’ve got to improve on.”

Hoover may have suffered its eighth loss of the season, but first-year coach Brian Esquival hopes a small corner was turned.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’re starting to hit the ball a little better, starting to make plays defensively and pitches are getting a little more confidence on the mound and that always keeps games more competitive than what they’ve been in the past,” said Esquival, whose team’s seven previous losses have come by an average of 11.3 runs.

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Bryan Wang turned in an all-around performance for CV with a four-for-four outing, along with pitching two innings of relief without giving up an earned run.

Crescenta Valley’s offense cooled off a bit after a three-run first inning, something it may not be able to afford when it travels to Burbank High (7-6, 2-0 in league) April 5 at 6 p.m.

“We just have to keep fighting next time and keep it going until the end. ... It’s going to be a big game, it will be a test for us,” said Wang — who scored a run, stole a base and struck out three batters — of his team’s offense and upcoming clash with Burbank.

It appeared CV (10-5, 2-0) was going to run away with the game, as it scored three runs on five hits — all singles — in the top of the first inning with Johnny Psaltis and Austin Brines logging run-scoring singles in the frame.

Hoover (1-8, 0-2) had an answer in the bottom half when sophomore Fidel Hernandez cranked a two-out solo bomb over the left-center field fence.

It was just the second game Hernandez, who was previously ruled academically ineligible, has played this year.

“That felt good, all I was thinking was smash it,” said Hernandez, who later added a double, of his home run. “It just feels good to have the opportunity.”

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