Crescenta Valley High’s baseball team committed seven errors, and Cleveland parlayed a five-run first inning into a 13-5 romp in last Saturday’s Babe Herman Tournament game at Stengel Field.
The Cavaliers (6-4) got their first three batters aboard against pitcher Brian Gadsby, who allowed two singles and a walk.
Gadsby then picked off a runner at second base, but gave up a run-scoring hit to Harley Faye.
Peyton Long reached on a fielder’s choice, and Jack Hartman scored to make it 2-0.
Reno Rankin’s single loaded the bases, but after Gadsby got the second out on a force at the plate, the catcher’s throw to first base sailed down the right-field line as three runs scored.
Two innings later, Cleveland scored a run, then tallied two runs in the fourth and fifth inning, and were aided by four errors.
The Falcons (3-3) cut into the lead with a run-scoring single in the fourth by Johnny Psaltis, and Joe Torres in the fifth.
Down 10-2, CV’s three-run outburst in the sixth off Steve Perez made it a five-run deficit as Psaltis, Adrian Damla and Nolan Rea had run-scoring hits.
In another Babe Herman tourney game, Glendale was held to three hits in a 5-0 shutout by Granada Hills.
The Highlanders (6-4) were ahead 3-0 after six innings, and kept the Nitros (1-5) from getting a runner to third base.
Glendale’s Andrew Swett singled with one out in the first, and moved to second base on a wild pitch, but Omar Nunez, who struck out six in the complete-game outing, fanned the next two batters.
In the second, Glendale’s Jack Porras was safe on an error, but was stranded after the next two hitters were retired.
Glendale’s Javier Aguayo went the distance and gave up eight hits and four earned runs.
Aguayo hit Kyle Feffer in the third, he went to second base on a sacrifice bunt, and Justin Castaneda (three hits) singled in the run. Clayton Hubbard’s double scored Castaneda.
It became 3-0 in the fifth when Hubbard’s scoring fly plated Castaneda (double), and it swelled to 5-0 in the seventh when Castaneda belted a one-out, two-base hit that moved runners to second and third, J.B. Garcia added a run-scoring hit, and Castaneda scored on an error.