GLENDALE — The snug confines of Babe Herman Field felt downright spacious during Wednesday afternoon's District 16 9-10 Baseball All-Star Tournament championship game, with Crescenta Valley pitcher Scott Vinceri and his Burbank counterpart Blaine Traxel each handcuffing their opposing lineups.
Well-struck balls were in short supply and, in the end, two unearned runs were all that separated the two squads, with Crescenta Valley advancing to the Section 2 Tournament beginning on Saturday in Quartz Hill on the strength of a 2-0 win.
"I was pretty happy because that was my second time pitching [against Burbank]," said Vinceri, who earned the save in his team's 5-4 win on Monday that clinched a berth in the championship game. "It was pretty important [to keep my pitch count low] because I was able to stay in and pitch."
Vinceri cruised through 5 1/3 innings on just 65 pitches with three hits allowed and nine strikeouts before being relieved by Lucas Martos-Repath. Mulder Paredes then battled back from being down, 0-2, to work a six-pitch walk, but Martos-Repath snuffed out the rally with a strikeout looking and a popout to shortstop.