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Crescenta Valley All-Stars can't close out Tujunga

Softball: Tujunga forces winner-take-all final with 9-8 win over CV Major squad.

July 02, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

GLENDALE — What began as a three-team tournament has morphed into a three-game series for the District 16 Major Softball All-Star Tournament Championship.

Four days after the Crescenta Valley and Tujunga teams kicked off action Saturday afternoon, both will meet in Wednesday night’s tournament championship at 7:30 at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields after visiting Tujunga defeated Crescenta Valley, 9-8, on Tuesday to force an if-necessary title game.

“We all knew this was going to be a real competitive, back-and-forth series when this started,” Crescenta Valley Coach David Fox said. “We’re almost evenly balanced and today we made two to three mistakes that really hurt. When you’re facing a good team like Tujunga, you just can’t give extra chances.”

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Instead of preparing for Friday’s opening tilt of the Section 2 Tournament at Quartz Hill, Crescenta Valley will have to prepare for a do-or-die finale after its final rally was snuffed out in the sixth.

Tujunga led, 9-6, heading into the bottom of the inning when Crescenta Valley’s Amy Wurst (two for two with two runs) led off with a triple to right field. Wurst then scored when a fly ball from Tyler Herman, induced by Tujunga pitcher Lauren Coronado, was dropped in the outfield, allowing Herman to move to second.

Herman then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout from Joelle Ly. While Coronado coaxed a line drive to short for the second out, Crescenta Valley had life when Elizabeth Heinemann walked and moved to second on a wild pitch.

Yet, despite the momentum, Coronado and Tujunga survived on a flyout to end the game.

“It seems like it’s always a nailbiter when you play CV,” said Tujunga Coach Brian Oost, whose team improved to 5-1 in the tournament the last two seasons. “We’re two very good teams and I think the difference for us today was that we played better defense and had our own big inning.”

Crescenta Valley opened tournament action Saturday with a 10-7 victory over defending champion Tujunga, fueled in part by eight errors from Tujunga and a breakthrough six-run fifth inning for Crescenta Valley.

The tables turned Tuesday, as Tujunga’s defense bordered on stout in committing only three errors, while the visitors tallied a seven-run fourth inning that gave them some breathing room.

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