Crescenta Valley High baseball returns to form versus Burroughs

Baseball: Falcons score five runs over last two innings to notch 7-0 victory at Stengel Field on Tuesday.

April 29, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa,

GLENDALE — For the visiting Burroughs High and Crescenta Valley baseball teams, Tuesday evening’s Pacific League contest provided a way for each squad to respond to its respective effort during Friday’s rivalry game action.

While the Indians enjoyed a victory over archrival Burbank on Friday, the Falcons received a tie at rival Arcadia that dealt Crescenta Valley a blow to its league title chances.

The result clearly weighed heavily on the minds of the Falcons, who scored five runs over the final two innings for a 7-0 victory at Stengel Field.


“No one wants a tie,” said Crescenta Valley pitcher Brian Gadsby, in reference to his team’s 4-4 tie on Friday versus the Apaches in a game that was called in the middle of the eighth inning due to rain. “I mean for me, honestly, I’d rather take a loss than a tie because at least it’s a decision.

“It’s obvious we were frustrated to get that tie and we wanted to bounce back against a good Burroughs team and it’s good to get a win. Hopefully somebody can trip up Pasadena.”

Gadsby received his wish, as Pasadena was upset, 1-0, by Burbank, which moved the Falcons (14-7-1, 7-1-1) into a first-place tie with Arcadia (7-1-1 in league) with Pasadena (15-5-2, 7-2) now in pursuit.

Burroughs (10-10, 4-5) remained in fourth place with the defeat.

Gadsby helped move his team into the penthouse with a six-inning gem, as he blanked the Indians, scattering four hits and striking out four on 75 pitches (58 strikes).

Gadsby helped his own cause on the bump with an inning-ending pickoff in the first inning, which came after back-to-back singles from Roy Hirota and Max Haddad, and a pickoff in the third that followed a hit batter.

“We actually work on pickoffs in practice,” Gadsby said. “But it wasn’t just pickoffs, but great defense from the guys behind me and from [catcher] Kewin Ledesma behind the dish.”

Ledesma also threw out two base runners, as the Indians recorded four outs on the base paths, versus three outs against the Falcons.

“We made some mistakes, had some busted hit and runs,” Burroughs skipper Craig Sherwood said. “But I’m not going to second-guess my guys right now. We’re in a close game where we have to try to make things happen.”

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