Baseball really is a simple game, but is tough to play well. Because the ball is small adds to the difficulty. To win consistently, a team must minimize mental and physical mistakes, hit in a timely manner, and pitch effectively, that is keep hitters guessing and off balance.
All of these elements were showcased this past Friday, as Crescenta Valley High whitewashed visiting Glendale, 10-0, in a Pacific League game halted after five innings, St. Francis moved past Harvard-Westlake, 8-7, in a Mission League contest, Rio Hondo Prep outlasted Flintridge Prep, 18-14, and Burroughs narrowly defeated Hoover, 3-2, in a Pacific League match.
Losing to league rival Arcadia seven days earlier, the Falcons were led by left-handed pitcher Elliott Surrey, who allowed just one hit, while striking out nine and walking none over four innings against the Nitros (1-6 and 1-5 in league), who have dropped six consecutive games.
The Falcons (12-5 and 4-2 in league) took command early and waltzed to the easy victory as they built an 8-0 lead after three innings.
Crescenta Valley made good use of six walks and eight hits off pitchers Skyler Ku and Zachary Fields.
Nate Rousey drove in two runs and collected two hits for the Falcons, Surrey had a hit and scored a run, Bogart Avila drove in two runs with a single, Kyle Pomeroy drove in two runs, and Jason Kim doubled in a run.
Brady Markel’s base hit in the seventh inning gave the Golden Knights (10-9 and 1-5 in league) their first league triumph.
Andrew Yu’s single drove in two runs.
Reliever Tei Vanderford came into the game in the third inning, and notched the win.
Flintridge Prep’s inability to limit the opposing team from scoring runs has been its downfall. This malady struck again in a Prep League game as five Rebels’ hurlers weren’t able to find the plate. So far, the Rebels (7-9 and 4-3 in league) have given up an average of 8.6 runs per outing.
Rio Hondo Prep bolted to a 3-1 lead after two frames, and then added a seven-run third inning to lead 10-1. In the inning, the visiting Kares (8-7 and 3-4 in league) belted out eight hits, with Jason Sterris knocking in three runs with a double.
Brandon Lawton’s double in the bottom of the fifth was the game-winner for Burroughs, scoring pinch-runner Daniel Rojas, who came in for Hector Gonzalez, who had a two-base hit.
Host Burroughs (8-11 and 4-2 in league) went ahead 2-0 when Christian Garcia homered to center field off Bob Romero. Jimmy Kenney scored on the hit after reaching base on a force out.
Hoover (5-8 and 1-5 in league) pushed across two runs in the fifth inning, and was aided by two Indian throwing errors. Tyler Delzell was safe on a force out, and crossed the plate on a bases-loaded walk, while Cameron Doran reached on an error, and scored on a miscue.