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Crescenta Valley baseball misses chance to take down rival Arcadia

Baseball: Falcons have shot to win in seventh, but can't cash in, losing to Apaches, 3-2.

April 19, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Adrian Damla had a single, one of four Falcons hits, in a 3-2 Pacific League loss to Arcadia.
Crescenta Valley's Adrian Damla had a single, one… (Libby Cline )

GLENDALE — It was a night of missed chances for the Crescenta Valley High baseball team Friday night.

Trailing Arcadia by a run heading into their final at-bats, the Falcons put the tying and winning run on base but ground into a game-ending, 6-4-3 double play. It allowed the Apaches to walk away with a 3-2 Pacific League win.

“We gave ourselves chances in the last two innings, you know,” Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said, “and [we] hit it right on the nose to end the game, but hit it right where the shortstop was standing.

“He smoked it, that pitcher didn't fool him, he smoked it, but hit it right to him. If he hits it three feet this way or three feet this way there's going to be a play at the plate.”

It was one of two glaring signs of CV's offensive struggles, as it had just four hits Friday night at Stengel Field.

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Crescenta Valley (13-7, 5-2 in league) had a chance to move back into first place in league, as Burbank (11-7, 6-1) knocked off Burroughs (12-8, 6-1), 8-6, the same night to create a tie for first place between the two rivals. Instead, the loss dropped the Falcons into a tie for third place with the Apaches (14-6, 5-2).

“We still have to play seven more games,” Torres said. “Absolutely [there's plenty of time left], there's one round for everybody, so we're just going to start it all over again tomorrow.”

CV's Joe Torres represented the tying run when he drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ted Boeke became the potential winning run when he worked a full-count walk to put runners at first and second with one out, prompting an Arcadia pitching change.

The Falcons’ next batter smashed the ball to shortstop, who rolled it for the game-ending double play, which led to Arcadia's reliever taunting the home crowd with a celebration.

“We'll play them at the end of the year, we'll remember their pitchers little arrow shot from the mound, too,” said the elder Torres, whose team finishes the season at Arcadia May 10 at 7 p.m.

While the game-ending double play may be the most memorable evidence of the Falcons’ woes at the plate, the first inning is the best example.

Crescenta Valley had a chance to take control of the game, loading the bases with one out in its first at-bats, thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches. The Falcons walked away with just one run and a 1-0 lead on a Nolan Rea single after a line out and grounder to the pitcher ended the threat.

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