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Crescenta Valley High baseball gets shutout, big homer in win over Burbank High

Baseball: Shutout, Boeke blast difference in Falcons' 3-0 win over Burbank.

April 05, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High pitcher Brian Gadsby threw a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Burbank High.
Crescenta Valley High pitcher Brian Gadsby threw a four-hit… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

BURBANK — As expected, the Crescenta Valley High and Burbank baseball teams found themselves locked in a pitcher’s duel in a Pacific League showdown at Burbank High Friday night.

That was all forgotten about for a few moments when the Falcons’ Ted Boeke smashed a first-pitch slider in his third at bat over the fence in deep left field, sending the ball onto Glenoaks Boulevard for a two-run home run.

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“He threw me a fastball in the previous at bat and I didn’t think he was going to come with another one, so I sat slider first pitch and got it on the barrel,” said Boeke, who pondered if he’d ever hit a ball that far before. “I’d like to think so, but maybe not.”

It provided CV starting pitcher Brian Gadsby all the insurance he’d need, as the sophomore submariner threw a four-hit shutout for a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

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“That was gone once it left the bat,” said Gadsby, who just started throwing submarine in the summer. “That was a jack.”

Gadsby’s gem and Boeke’s blast overshadowed another quality start from Burbank ace Angel Villagran, who allowed just four hits, one earned run, a walk and a hit batter in the complete-game outing.

There were a total of eight three-up, three-down frames in the game, with Villagran logging three in the second, third sixth and seventh innings and Gadsby, who induced 16 groundouts, doing so in the second, fifth, sixth and seventh.

“This is a game you think about all winter long, ‘OK, how are we going to beat these guys over at their place?’” CV Coach Phil Torres said of the win. “But it’s just one game. We’ve got a lot of games to play and that’s what we just told the kids. We have a lot of work to do still.”

The game kept the Falcons (11-5, 3-0 in league) atop the league standings with Burroughs (9-7, 3-0), which defeated Muir, 25-1, Friday, and dropped the Bulldogs (7-7, 2-1) from the unbeatens into a third-place tie with Arcadia (11-5, 2-1).

“Overall, I think we didn’t play to our level,” Burbank Coach Bob Hart said. “I thought their guys did a good job, particularly the guy on the hill [Gadsby]. I just felt like in terms of sticking to our plan a little bit, I think we got away from it.”

An error opened the door for Crescenta Valley's first run in the top of the first.

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