Indians suffer cricial loss

SOFTBALL: Burroughs knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten in league with a 3-1 loss to Crescenta Valley, 3-1.

May 08, 2010|By Charles Rich

OLIVE PARK — Burroughs High softball Coach Jose Valle had an inkling that trying to win the program’s first league championship since 1982 wasn’t going to be easy, especially when factoring in Crescenta Valley has held the top spot for the past three seasons.

Valle’s suspicion became reality after Crescenta Valley got a two-run single from Sydney House in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 3-1 Pacific League win Wednesday afternoon at Olive Park.

“CV took care of business and they got the hit when they needed it,” said Valle, whose team held a one-game lead over crosstown rival Burbank and a two-game bulge over Crescenta Valley entering Wednesday’s competition. “I expect the league to be intense the rest of the way.”


Burroughs dropped to 13-9 and 10-1 in league with three games remaining. Crescenta Valley improved to 15-8 and 9-2. Burbank and Crescenta Valley are tied for second.

The most realistic scenario for the Falcons to earn a share of the league crown is for it to win out, including defeating Burbank, which it would need to beat Burroughs. If that were to play out, all three teams would share the league title with two losses apiece.

The Falcons, who have won eight straight contests, used House’s timely hit and another quality pitching performance from junior Erin Ashby (11-5) to split the two head-to-head meetings with the Indians. Burroughs posted a 2-0 road win against Crescenta Valley on March 23.

House, a junior first baseman, looped a two-out single to right-center on a full-count pitch from Heather Haynes (7-4) to drive in Allison Lacey and Alyssa Sovereign.

“[The pitch] was a little bit outside and high,” said House, who finished with two hits. “I had to keep my hands in and try my hardest to get it to the right side.

“We had to focus and put in our energy in the last two innings.”

Ashby had to battle against the Indians. The right-hander struck out nine and scattered three hits despite Burroughs having a runner reach second base five times.

Ashby and Co. put up plenty of resistance to keep the Indians at bay.

“Erin is an impact player,” Crescenta Valley veteran Coach Dan Berry said. “We’ve had some luck winning eight in a row.

“We’ve been good with the bats and the pitching. It’s a good time to do it. We can only take care of ourselves, and we’ve still got the three [league] games left.”

Crescenta Valley took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. The Penn State University-bound Sovereign doubled with one out, snapping Haynes’ streak of retiring 10 in a row. She then scored when Haynes uncorked a wild pitch and the catcher threw wildly to third.

Burroughs came right back in its half of the fourth.

With two outs, Hallie White walked. Haynes then hit a grounder to the third baseman, who threw wildly past first, allowing White to race home with the tying run.

Crescenta Valley finished with six hits, including two from Sovereign, who had two runs.

Haynes finished with nine strikeouts.

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