By Alan Der OHANNESSIAN
The Falcons varsity baseball team continued its winning ways at the Babe Herman Tournament as it routed the Torrance North Saxons 9-0 Tuesday night at Stengel Field. The Falcons have been on an offensive tear defeating Oak Park 15-2 on Monday.
CV was 12-1 overall heading into Wednesday night’s game against West High.
“During spring break, we get to hit here in the morning … improving our timing,” said CV Coach Phil Torres. He added that hitting is also a matter of confidence.
That confidence started to appear in the fourth inning.
Saxons pitcher Haydon Weir walked CV’s Terry Ha, who then stole second base.
Teammate Cole Currie, who went two for four, capitalized with an RBI double as Ha slid into home plate, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
What the Saxons saw in that inning was a prelude of the wave that was going to come in the sixth and seventh innings.
Bogart Avila, Ha and Currie singled respectively, again pressing the Saxons’ defense. Unfortunately for the Saxons, the Falcons offense caught fire and never looked back as Bryan Wang, Ha (who went three for five) and catcher Avila all scored runs to give the Falcons a commanding 4-0 lead.
However if the Saxons thought their misery would end there, they were mistaken as the Falcons scored five runs in the seventh inning, saving their best for last.
After being struck out on his first two at-bats, Kyle Murray hit a home run to left field to extend the Falcons lead to 5-0. Afterward, teammates Kyle Pomeroy, who struggled earlier, singled. The trend seemed contagious as Ted Boeke and Avila also followed him with hits. Boeke came around to score to make it 6-0.
Adding insult to injury, Saxons’ shortstop Brandon Gideon had two errors in a row, leading to another two consecutive base hits by Currie and Ha. This paved the way later on for Joe Torres, Prasertsit and Elliot Surrey to score, putting the nail in the coffin for a 9-0 lead.
After the game, Torres said that defense becomes easy when the pitcher doesn’t allow strikes.
Overall, Falcons’ pitcher Murray outperformed Weir in strikeouts 14-6. Also, the Falcons out-hit the Saxons 15-4 and had one stolen base.
The Falcons resume Pacific League play, where they are 4-0, on April 15 against Arcadia at Stengel Field.