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Crescenta Valley 9-10 baseball opens with resounding win

Baseball: CV All-Stars take down Tujunga, 25-8, to open District 16 tourney play.

July 05, 2013|By John W. Scafetta, Special to the News-Press
  • Crescenta Valley's Jason Kim strides safely into home in a 25-8 win over Tujunga.
Crescenta Valley's Jason Kim strides safely into… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — In a double-elimination format tournament, coach Kevin Deitch fully understands the importance of starting fast and ending quick.

On Friday evening in the opening round of the District 16 9-10 baseball tournament, Deitch’s defending champion Crescenta Valley All-Stars struck early and often to upend the Tujunga All-Stars in a 25-8, four-inning victory at Babe Herman Field.

With the win, Crescenta Valley will battle the winner of a Burbank-Foothill contest at 9 a.m. Saturday. Tujunga will take on the loser Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

“I’m ecstatic about the way we played tonight,” Deitch said. “It was our first game and this is a young team. I thought we came out and did a good job of jumping on their pitching and scoring some runs to let our pitchers work ahead.”

Kai Purdy-Burton led the hit parade for Crescenta Valley, going four for five with a triple and five runs batted in, while teammate Jason Kim went three for three with a walk, a double and four RBI. Crescenta Valley pounded out 19 hits and left just eight runners on base in the game.

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The initial path to making a return to the Section 2 Tournament succeeded to near perfection in the first two innings for Crescenta Valley, as 10 batters came to the plate in each frame.

After Tujunga starting pitcher Zack Albert left the game with arm soreness after facing just two batters in the top of the first, the Crescenta Valley offense made its mark. Six of the first seven batters of the game reached base, as Crescenta Valley plated five runs on six hits.

Diego Robles, Issac Sung, and Jason Kim each had run-scoring singles, while Aaron Garcia’s two-run infield single highlighted the early offensive barrage. Tujunga shortstop Ethan Adams made a flawless pick on Garcia’s ground ball, but his throw to first was late and, consequently, a pair of well-executed base running decisions allowed both runners on base to score.

All of Crescenta Valley’s five runs in the top of the second came with two outs, highlighted by Kim’s two-run double that was sprayed into short right field. Patrick Weinemann and Sung also had RBI singles in the inning.

“I’m very happy with the way we’re hitting the ball,” Deitch said. “I just hope that we can continue that tomorrow morning. We’ve been practicing for a good couple of weeks now — three or four days a week. They’ve really come a long way.”

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