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Crescenta Valley High baseball cruises past La Cañada in opener

Baseball: Gadsby pitches a gem, while Falcons offense, Spartans defense leads to 19-0 CV win.

March 04, 2014|By Emin Avakian, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Crescenta Valley High's Nick Diaz gets a high five from Joe Torres after scoring the second run against La Cañada during a nonleague game at Stengel Field on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)
Crescenta Valley High's Nick Diaz gets a high five…

GLENDALE — Crescenta Valley High’s Brian Gadsby turned in a pitching performance that, in hindsight, didn’t need much run support.

The Falcons offense gave it to him anyway and, coupled with six errors from the La Cañada defense, the defending Pacific League co-champions cruised to a 19-0 season-opening victory on Tuesday evening at Stengel Field.

PHOTOS: Crescenta Valley cruises to 19-0 victory in season opener

Gadsby, a junior and Crescenta Valley’s No. 1 starter this season, struck out 10 batters and gave up two hits while also walking two batters in six strong innings for the Falcons, who will look to him to lead the rotation.

“He’s our ace, there’s no question,” Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said. “He’s been really good in January and February and we know he’ll compete all season. We’ll need to find some pitchers to go along with him.”

The meeting between the teams was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but was delayed due to rain. It marked he second consecutive year they have faced each other in the season opener, with La Cañada winning in 2013, 6-3.

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“It’s always nice to start the season with a win,” said Torres, who coached the Falcons to a 20-8 record last year, including a 12-2 Pacific League campaign. “No fun starting with a loss like last year. We were able to get some guys who work hard at-bats and that’s not always going to be there.”

Crescenta Valley’s offense compiled 13 hits — four in a second inning that saw the Falcons get on the scoreboard with five runs that proved to be more than enough for Gadsby and the Falcons defense behind him. Brett Klein led off the inning with a single and eventually scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch with Bryan Wang at the plate

Bryan Wang’s single allowed Ryan Lynch to score and a throwing error at first base plated Nick Diaz to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead. Wang advanced to second on the error and was picked up by a double off the bat of Kewin Ledesma, who was temporarily pulled for Kevin Hello, a pinch runner. Hello scored on the inning’s second wild pitch before Lewis was able to stop the bleeding and get out of the inning.

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