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Crescenta Valley High softball forces second-place tie with Burroughs

Softball: Falcons receive big day from Craig in 10-7 victory over Indians.

May 01, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — With both teams battling for a top-two spot in the Pacific League, there was little room for error when the Crescenta Valley and Burroughs high softball teams collided Wednesday.

With the pressure turned on, the Falcons committed four errors, but their bats covered up those miscues, as they bashed 11 hits en route to a 10-7 home victory. The win moved CV (12-9-1, 8-3 in league) into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings with the Indians (16-7, 8-3) and Arcadia (14-5, 8-3) with three games left to play.

“It was huge for league and playoff seedings,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Samford, whose team fell to league-leading Burbank, 10-2, Tuesday. “If we lose this game it changes the complexion of our standings and the importance of games down the line.”

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Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said the difference in the game was the clutch hitting of CV, which scored half of its runs with two outs.

“They were just tougher in their at-bats, we just told the girls they weren’t tough in their at-bats,” Nicol said. “Basically, it came down to a bunch of battles and [the Falcons] won more battles than we did. We have to do a better job of getting tougher when we have two strikes and two outs and [CV] did a great job of that.”

While Crescenta Valley never trailed in the contest, an equally potent Burroughs offense made sure the home team never felt comfortable. The Falcons held an 8-3 advantage heading into the sixth inning when the Indians clawed back into contention with a two-run single from Kaitlin Okimoto.

It put Burroughs, which piled on 15 hits, back within two runs after a passed ball scored Tori Talavera, who was one of four players to single aboard, in the frame.

In need of an answer, Whitney Craig picked up the call for Crescenta Valley in the bottom of the sixth. The junior capped off an impressive day when she bashed a two-run double off the fence in left-center field.

“When I came up I was nervous, but I knew I had to pull through because we needed the runs,” said Craig, who was two for three with four RBI. “Every time we’d get up and get runs, they’d get up and get runs. It was back and fourth; I had to do something.”

The blast scored Adela Alatraca (two for two) and Hannah Cookson, who were walked aboard with one out and moved into scoring position on a Tiffany Briscoe single.

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