Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball stunned by Westchester

Softball: Old foe Westchester dominated CVFH, 12-0, in five innings of Division tourney.

July 23, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • Crescenta Valley-Foothill catcher Camie Ellingford tags out a Westchester Del Rey runner at home in a 12-0 loss.
Crescenta Valley-Foothill catcher Camie Ellingford… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — When the Crescenta Valley-Foothill and Westchester Del Rey Junior All-Star softball teams last met, CVFH pulled out a walk-off win on Westchester's home field to take the 2012 Southern California Division III tournament title.

For the fourth year in a row, the two were reunited in divisional play Tuesday. This time, Westchester dealt CVFH a blow to its hopes of repeating in Southern California in its own backyard of the Scholl Canyon Ballfields.

It wasn't even close in the most recent chapter written by the two opponents, with Westchester cruising to a 12-0, five-inning victory after racking up 11 hits and benefiting from six CVFH errors. Despite the ugly loss, CVFH Coach Will Thayer’s confidence wasn’t close to being shaken.

“They put it on us, we made a bunch of errors, we got behind and it snowballed on us,” Thayer said. “It happens, I told them, ‘Any good team, the team that wins the [Major League Baseball] World Series will go 95-[67]. They’re going to lose once in a while. We’ve won five games in a row, all we have to do is win three games in a row and we’re right back to it.’”


After escaping a first-inning jam started by an error and infield single, things turned worse for CVFH in the second. It was tagged for nine runs in the bottom half of the inning on seven Westchester Del Rey hits, a walk, three errors, two wild pitches and another misplayed ball in right field that proved costly.

Westchester forced CVFH to make a pitching change after 1 1/3 innings. It opened the inning with three hits. A walk and error later, it strung a trio of singles together for a 6-0 lead. Two more errors and a single led to three more tallies before the inning finally ended after a pitching change.

Westchester brought the mercy rule into play in the bottom of the fourth when it scored three runs on two hits, two errors, a wild pitch and passed ball for a 12-0 lead.

When it came to last year, Westchester Coach Brent Times assured his team remembers how its season ended in a 5-4 walk-off loss to CVFH.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a revenge thing, but we knew we have a good team and they have a good team,” Times said. “We came to play. They come to play, so I know next game is going to be a little bit tougher.”

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