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Indians put scare into CV

SOFTBALL: No. 1-ranked Falcons have to come back with three late runs to earn 3-1 Pacific League victory against Burroughs.

April 30, 2008|By Dylan Kruse

LA CRESCENTA — For the second time this season, Burroughs High gave the mighty Crescenta Valley softball team everything it could handle for the first five innings in a Pacific League battle on Tuesday afternoon.

However, much like the first meeting earlier this season, the Falcons stepped up when it mattered most — the final two frames.

Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the sixth, Crescenta Valley rallied to score three runs, all of which came with two outs, to narrowly edge the visiting Indians, 3-1.

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With the win, Crescenta Valley, the No. 1 team in CIF Southern Section Division III, improves to 22-0, 10-0 in league, setting up a huge showdown with second-place Burbank today.

“That’s a good game,” Crescenta Valley Coach Dan Berry said. “Burroughs played us very well, but Burroughs played Burbank to 1-0 last time they played. Some teams just match up well.”

The Indians (10-11, 6-4) clearly showed they matched up well against the Falcons from the get-go. But in the end, Burroughs was forced to endure a bad case of deja vu thanks to the Falcons’ comeback.

“Tremendous effort by our girls,” said Burroughs Coach Steven Garcia, whose squad was tied, 2-2, with Crescenta Valley before the Falcons pulled away for an 8-2 victory in their previous league meeting on March 20.

The Indians wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard in the top of the first.

Kerry Hodgins, who later singled, led off with a walk and was promptly bunted over to second by Katie Budrick. Taylor Buliavac — who finished two for three — then ripped a long double to right-center field, bringing around Hodgins and giving Burroughs an early 1-0 lead.

“We knew we could compete with them,” Garcia said. “It’s just a matter of us going out there and putting it together.”

The early advantage was something Hodgins wasn’t about to give up without a fight. The senior right-hander kept the potent Falcons lineup off balance all afternoon, giving up just one earned run, scattering six hits and allowing five base runners through the first five innings.

After surrendering the run in the first inning, Crescenta Valley hurler Heather Bacon matched Hodgins every step of the way.

Bacon allowed just three hits and fanned nine batters in her seven innings of work to pick up the win.

“She did really well,” Berry said. “If she limits them to one run and we lose, shame on us.”

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