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Crescenta Valley baseball's Ted Boeke voted Pacific League's best

Baseball: Senior is named league's POY; plenty more Falcons notch all-league honors.

May 21, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High's Ted Boeke was named the Pacific League Player of the Year after contributing to the Falcons on the mound and at the plate.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Crescenta Valley High's Ted Boeke… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

Just like the championship, the Pacific League's Player of the Year award was likely still up for grabs with four teams in position to win the title coming into the regular-season finale.

By the end of the night, the room for debate was closed when Ted Boeke hit a game-winning, three-run homer to lead Crescenta Valley over its league rival Arcadia in the top of the seventh inning, 5-4, on May 10 and to a share of the league title with Burbank.

After the game in which there was so much on the line, Falcons Coach Phil Torres said Boeke’s performance was exactly what a league MVP would do. It proved prophetic for Boeke, who reaped the league's top honor after a standout senior campaign.

“You never know what's going to happen with the voting when there's eight guys in there, but I think everyone did a good job of putting things aside in the league meeting,” said Torres, whose team finished 20-8, 12-2 in league, and was eliminated in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs by Yucaipa, 1-0, Friday. “[Boeke] was the best choice, he affected all of our games in a bunch of a different ways.”

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Three other Falcons — Bryan Wang, Austin Brines and Brian Gadsby — were All-Pacific League first-team selections, but Boeke, the team’s leadoff and most clutch hitter, starting shortstop and one of its top pitchers, stood above the rest.

“It's really just awe,” said Boeke of his reaction to being named player of the year, adding how inspired he was by Falcons graduates Kyle Murray and Elliot Surrey, who were the league’s co-players of the last season. “It means a lot to me to be up there.

“You never really expect something like that. The year I had was phenomenal, I couldn't have asked for a better year or a better ending to [league]. You don't expect something like that, but you're so happy when you get it.”

The senior hit .408 (20 for 49) and posted team-highs in hits, total bases (33), runs scored (16) and batted in (12), doubles (five) and home runs (two) in 14 league games this season. His slugging percentage (.673) was also a team best.

On the mound, Boeke went 2-0 with a 1.47 earned-run average in six games, three starts and 19 1/3 innings in league. He notched a complete game, a save and 32 strikeouts to nine walks in that span.

It was Boeke’s ability to seemingly produce whenever needed in big moments that pushed him over the top to the league’s top honor.

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