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Ted Boeke delivered when Crescenta Valley High baseball needed him most

Falcons senior produced clutch hits, big-time pitching performances all season long for Pacific League champs.

August 13, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley High's Ted Boeke is the All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.
Crescenta Valley High's Ted Boeke is the All-Area… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

As Ted Boeke was told by his father, and as he tells it now, he had a baseball with him since he arrived.

“He brought me my first baseball the day I was born,” Boeke says of his father.

While Boeke’s dad bestowed his son with his first baseball on the first day of his life, setting it right next to his baby boy, he has never tired of it roughly 17 years later.

“I’m just one of those kids that eats, drinks and sleeps baseball,” Boeke says. “I could never get enough of it. I don’t know what I would do without it.”

Now, following an ultra-successful senior season on the baseball diamond for Crescenta Valley High, Boeke is moving on to play at Loyola Marymount University. He does so following a season in which he grabbed notice from coaches, fans, teammates, opponents and media alike.

He did it with a right arm that threw a momentous no-hitter against Loyola and a crucial complete game against Burroughs.

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He did it with a bat that was equal parts clutch and powerful and that sent a Pacific League-winning home run into the Arcadia night.

He did it all most of the time. Hitting with a flair for the dramatic and unmarked consistency, pitching in big games with big results and stepping up into a leadership role, Boeke took his spot on center stage for the Falcons and emerged as the best ballplayer around, earning a unanimous vote from the sports editors and writers of the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press, La Canada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun as the 2013 All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

“I don’t think we had anybody that was more reliable,” Falcons Coach Phil Torres says. “He was responsible for a lot of things: Defense up the middle, driving in runs, leading, pitching.”

Boeke led the Falcons in a staggering array of statistical categories. As one of six Falcons to play in all 28 games, he led the Pacific League co-champions in at-bats (90), runs (29), hits (34), triples (two), home runs (five), runs batted in (24), batting average (.378), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.656) and total bases (59).

“He hit from day one of the season to the end of the season,” Torres says.

Though it was overshadowed by his prowess at the plate, Boeke did plenty on the bump, as well. He posted a 4-1 record and a 0.98 earned-run average through 11 appearances and 35 2/3 innings. He added 53 strikeouts, a pair of complete games and a 1.03 WHIP.

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