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Crescenta Valley High baseball notches first league win at Burroughs' expense

April 04, 2014|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Burroughs High's Roy Hirota, right, tags out Crescenta Valley's Adrian Damla at home plate in a Pacific League baseball game at Burroughs High on Friday. Crescenta Valley won the game 4-1. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs High's Roy Hirota, right, tags out Crescenta…

BURBANK — With both the Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley baseball teams, squads that had made the playoffs a season earlier, having opened up Pacific League play with losses to teams that had finished outside of the top four in league last year, perhaps Friday afternoon’s league showdown took on even more importance.

For the Falcons, at least, that was the mindset.

And, behind some early offense and solid pitching, Crescenta Valley staved off host Burroughs for a 4-1 league victory.

“After that loss [Tuesday against Pasadena], we probably had our two best practices of the year,” said Crescenta Valley’s Austin Brines, who was four for four with a run batted in — the Falcons’ only RBI that came off a hit. “We were zoned in. Our goal is the Pacific League title and we can’t give up any more games.”

Crescenta Valley (8-7, 1-1 in league), which has won two straight league titles and shared the crown with Burbank last year, got 12 hits, three walks and loaded the bases in three innings, but scratched and clawed for its runs against Burroughs senior right-handed sidearmer Cole Meyer, who went the distance and struck out three.

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“I think Cole Meyer did a great job,” said Burroughs Coach Craig Sherwood, whose team fell to 6-6. “He competes; he has the desire to win.”

In contrast, the Falcons used a pair of arms, with senior right-hander Tanner Carrico getting the start and the win to improve to 2-2, while All-Area ace Brian Gadsby, a junior righty, came on in relief for his third save of the season.

“Tanner did a great job keeping us in the game,” Brines said. “Then we got to bring in our guy, Brian, and he did an awesome job.”

Carrico threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned), three hits, hitting one batter and striking out four. Gadsby came on with a 2-1 count, one out and Burroughs junior Max DeAmicis on second after a double — the only extra-base hit of the game and one of only five hits for the Indians.

Gadsby got the final two outs of the stanza on four pitches — all strikes. He allowed two hits — both infield singles to shortstop — and no runs over 2 2/3 innings, striking out two, including the final batter of the game as he came back from down, 2-0, in the count with three straight strikes.

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