Crescenta Valley baseball forges first-place tie

Baseball: Gadsby goes distance, Falcons tally 15 hits in 6-2 win over Pasadena.

April 23, 2014|By Grant Gordon,

PASADENA — For seven innings, Crescenta Valley High junior pitcher Brian Gadsby was strong on the mound and his defense was flawless behind him.

The Falcons’ bats were chiming, as well, but runs were hard to come by in a first-place showdown with host Pasadena.

That changed from the fifth inning on, as the Falcons put together six runs over the final three innings to hand the Bulldogs their first league loss and force a three-way tie atop the league standings.


“We’ve been waiting for this game,” said Gadsby, whose Falcons improved to 13-7 and 6-1 in league and have won six straight after a league-opening loss to Pasadena at home on April 1. “Since that opening loss at home on a Tuesday, we’ve been marking this one on the calendar.”

Gadsby went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10.
In contrast, Pasadena (14-4-1, 6-1), which is now also tied with Arcadia (6-1) in first, used five pitchers.

“Every game I pitch, that’s my mentality,” said Gadsby, a reigning All-Area first-teamer in baseball and football, of going the distance. “I’m not going out until I’m at 150 pitches or the game’s over, win or loss.

“I came out thinking this is my game.”

The Falcons pounded out 15 hits, with Bryan Wang (two hits, run batted in), Michael Russo (three hits, stolen base), Kewin Ledesma (two hits, hit by pitch, RBI, run), Joe Torres (two hits, walk), Nick Diaz (two hits, run) and Ryan Lynch (two hits, run) all producing multiple hits and every Falcons starter notching a hit.

“I knew this game was gonna be tough,” said Bulldogs Coach Mike Parisi, whose team had an 11-game unbeaten streak snapped. “They had some great at-bats today. That was more hits than we’ve given up all season.

“They were the better team today, by far.”

Crescenta Valley struck first in the top of the fifth with two runs, but Pasadena tied it in the bottom half of the inning. After producing what would be the game-winning run in the sixth, the Falcons sealed the game with a three-run sixth inning.

“That was a killer,” Parisi said.

Through the first four innings, Crescenta Valley stranded seven runners, but finally scratched out two runs in the fifth without a hit, much less a ball leaving the infield.

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