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By Jonathan Raber | June 14, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — A quick glance at the boxscore and a casual observer might infer that one big inning did in Crescenta Valley Western on Wednesday night. While a seven-run sixth inning by the visiting Burbank Diamonds was game-deciding, it was a miscue in the fourth inning which put Western in a deficit it would not overcome as it fell, 9-2, in the championship game of the District 16 Junior Softball Tri-Cities Tournament of Champions at Scholl Canyon. "In softball, you can't make any mistakes, especially against a good team like Burbank," Western assistant coach Mike Meyer said.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Glendale News-Press | June 15, 2013
GLENDALE - Natalie Bitetti had a sixth inning to remember. The Crescenta Valley Kiwanis pitcher put her stamp on a thrilling, well-played tilt with Crescenta Valley Aristo in the District 16 minor softball Tournament of Champions title game Saturday at Scholl Canyon. PHOTOS: Aristo vs. Kiwanis girls' softball Bitetti struck out the side in the top of the sixth inning to keep the Kiwanis deficit at one run. Then in the bottom of the frame, she stepped up to the plate with two runners on and capitalized with a walk-off double to right center to give Kiwanis the 14-13 victory and the championship trophy.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 20, 2013
BURBANK - With four double plays, three home runs and more than 30 runs scored, Tuesday's nonleague softball game between Holy Family and Providence provided its share of wild moments. However, the most thrilling moments of the contest came in the later innings, as well as in extra innings, as the Gaels and Pioneers tried to settle things in the game at Olive Park. While both teams saw their pitchers struggle, it was finally Holy Family that was able to take advantage of its opportunities down the stretch, as the Gaels scored nine runs in the eighth inning to walk away with a 22-14 victory.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 6, 2014
A season ago, nary a local softball squad made it to the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Only Crescenta Valley High and Holy Family advanced to the postseason, with both falling in the wild-card round, while Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Glendale and Hoover were left on the outside looking in. The Falcons, Nitros and Gaels will all be helmed by new skippers, while every team - though some are clearly in...
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 8, 2014
GLENDALE - While the Glendale High softball team might be a bit young, with eight underclassmen on board, they've already learned about execution during the first week. Sophomore Alex Howard provided a glimpse of what might be in store this season for the Nitros. Howard hit a game-winning, two-out home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to lead host Glendale to a 3-2 win against Grant in a Lincoln Classic Tournament contest Saturday. Glendale then recorded a 12-0 victory against Los Angeles Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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By Charles Rich | July 15, 2013
It's a simple game plan that's worked positively throughout the postseason for the Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Star softball team. Instead of swinging away for the fences during each at-bat, Crescenta Valley has adopted the formula of putting the ball in play and using its speed to put up crooked numbers. It worked again for Crescenta Valley, which posted a 9-1 win against Culver City on Sunday in a Southern California State Championship contest at Harvey Field in Jurupa. Crescenta Valley, which previously won District 16 and Section 2 championships, will next face District 58 champion Tri-Valley in a semifinal game at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the same venue.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 12, 2012
While Hannah Cookson's team didn't stick around the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs for long, the memory of the Crescenta Valley High softball player's exploits this season was a lasting one for coaches around the division. A slick fielder, a dangerous hitter and a gamer in every sense of the word, Cookson got her due with the release of the All-CIF team, which included the Falcons sophomore center fielder and No. 3 hitter alongside the division's best players. "I was really happy," said Cookson of her first All-CIF honor.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
After two days of scheduled games in the Southern California State Championship Division All-Star 9-10 softball tournament, the Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Stars played none, won one and moved on to Sunday's winner's bracket. Originally scheduled to open play Thursday, the Section 2 champion had its opener pushed back to Friday as the tournament expanded to seven teams. CV showed up to Harvey Field in Jurupa Valley about two hours ahead of its 7:30 p.m. start time Friday and grew antsy as the time drew near and it still awaited its Section 5 opponent to show.
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From Staff Reports | June 6, 2012
The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. TRIO OF GAELS EARN ALL-LEAGUE Several members of the Holy Family softball team picked up All-Horizon League honors after season's end. The Gaels, who finished 8-12, 4-4 in league to tie for third place with Bishop Conaty-Loretto, had two players named to the first team and one to the second team. Senior pitcher Elena Lomeli and freshman catcher Ginnes Paladini earned spots on the first team.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | June 29, 2013
GLENDALE - In a contest full of errors, it was perhaps one fielding gem and one baserunning miscue that tilted the favor of the Crescenta Valley Major All-Stars softball team in Saturday afternoon's District 16 first-round action. Crescenta Valley survived eight errors of its own in holding on to defeat defending champion Tujunga, 10-7, at Scholl Canyon Ball fields. With the victory, Crescenta Valley advances into Sunday's winner's bracket action at 5:30 p.m. back at Scholl Canyon versus idle Foothill-Vaquero.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
GLENDALE - With preseason aspirations of breaking into the top four of the Pacific League standings, Glendale High's softball team was well aware it would need to pull off some victories versus teams it had traditionally struggled against. Thursday provided just that situation and opportunity. Glendale staved off a late Crescenta Valley comeback bid to claim a 7-5 league home win bolstered by a big four-run first inning and highlighted by the fleet-footed talents of Sammy Fabian and the tenacity in the circle of Jordan Lousararian.
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April 25, 2014
SOFTBALL Glendale 14, Hoover 1 (six innings): The Nitros ran roughshod over the rival Tornadoes Friday at Hoover High in Pacific League action. Jordan Lousararian went the distance for the victory, striking out four and allowing four hits, while contributing three hits on offense. Grace Sinisterra, Rachel Bartamian and Tiffany Bartamian also had three hits each. Sammy Fabian had two hits, including a home run, and two stolen bases. Glendale (12-5, 4-4) is now tied for fourth in league with Arcadia, while Hoover fell to 6-7, 2-6. Deana Cruz knocked in Hoover's only run, scoring Evie Unger.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - For four seasons, Crescenta Valley High's Hannah Cookson has drawn acclaim largely due to her dangerous bat in the heart of the Falcons' lineup. But her glove and range in center field have been steady, if not spectacular, all along. In a pivotal Pacific League game against archrival Arcadia on Friday afternoon at Crescenta Valley High, Cookson shined in all facets. PHOTOS: Cookson leads Crescenta Valley to 3-1 victory Her two-run home run propelled Crescenta Valley to a lead it would not relinquish and a dazzling over-the-shoulder catch sealed the Falcons' 3-1 victory over the Apaches.
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From Staff Reports | April 17, 2014
SOFTBALL Crescenta Valley 17, Hoover 0 (five innings): Crescenta Valley cruised to a Pacific League road win Thursday. The Falcons (9-4, 4-2 in league) scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to take a 12-0 lead. Hoover dipped to 5-5, 1-5 in league. BOYS' TENNIS Crescenta Valley 13, Burbank 5: The visiting Falcons posted a Pacific League victory Thursday. Crescenta Valley improved to 9-3, 7-2 in league. BOYS' GOLF Pasadena Poly 216, Flintridge Prep 247: Justin Yu had a nine-over-par 45 on Thursday for the Rebels in a Prep League match at Brookside Golf Course No. 1. Flintridge Prep dropped to 6-4, 0-4 in league.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
GLENDALE - It's been a frustrating season for the members of the Glendale Community College softball team. Though it was expected to be a season in transition, the Vaqueros have encountered a few extra speed bumps along the way. Glendale looked to reverse its fortune Thursday against rival College of the Canyons in a Western State Conference Blue Division contest, but a string of errors paved the way for a 10-5 home defeat for the Vaqueros at...
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - It's no secret that Hannah Cookson is among the elite hitters in the Pacific League and likely beyond. Cookson provided further evidence Tuesday, as she hit two home runs and drove in seven runs to power Crescenta Valley to a 10-0 home win against Glendale in a league game called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. “She got that nice, smooth swing,” said Crescenta Valley first-year Coach John Pehar, whose team improved to 6-5, 2-1 in league.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
ARCADIA - Having won its first five games of the season, it appeared the members of the Hoover High softball team had gained plenty of traction. In the first inning of Thursday's Pacific League road contest against Arcadia, the Tornadoes' streak of perfection skidded out of control. Hoover allowed nine runs in the opening inning and suffered a 19-1 defeat in a game called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule. “Everybody on the team got a big dose of real softball,” said Hoover Coach Rich Henning, whose team finished with just one hit and dropped to 5-1, 1-1 in league.
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April 2, 2014
SOFTBALL Crescenta Valley 10, Pasadena 0 (five innings): The Falcons began Pacific League play Tuesday with an easy win over Pasadena on the road, buoyed by a big day from Hailey Cookson, who had three doubles, two runs and three runs batted in. Taylor Hill was four for four with a run and RBI, while Baylee Renfro (two hits, two RBI, run) and Chloe Fairbrother (two hits, run) also had good outings. Olivia Thayer got the win in the circle, throwing four scoreless innings and striking out four.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
LA CAÑADA - How big an impact the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball team will make within the competitive Mission League may very well center on how much the squad treats those contests as anything other than league play. That's because the Tologs continued their strong nonleague run with a 10-5 victory over visiting Maranatha on Thursday afternoon in a game in which Flintridge Sacred Heart scored in five of six innings and took advantage of six Minutemen errors. “The girls played well today and if you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we'd be 8-2, I wouldn't have believed it,” said Flintridge Sacred Heart Coach Kirk Nishiyama, whose team improved to 8-1 in nonleague games this season and 8-2 overall.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press | March 25, 2014
GLENDALE - The Hoover High softball team is aware that it will face tough competition once Pacific League play begins in April and opponents like Crescenta Valley High, Burbank and Burroughs line up against the Tornadoes. Until league starts, the Tornadoes will take advantage of teams that are just as young and inexperienced as they are. After scoring 45 runs in their first three games of the season - all wins - the Tornadoes continuing piling on runs in Tuesday's nonleague game against visiting Sacred Heart of Jesus.
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