By Jason KUROSU
Crescenta Valley High’s varsity baseball team extended their unbeaten record at home to 7-0 on Tuesday night defeating the Muir Mustangs 10-0.
Muir came into the game with the curious distinction of having a better road record than their home record, but the statistics did not pan out for them at Stengel Field.
Already down 1-0 after the first inning, Muir starting pitcher Josh Muema-Washington ran into serious trouble in the bottom of the second as CV’s hitters put up eight big runs on the scoreboard. A series of errors by the defense behind Muema-Washington and two runs scored on wild pitches only compounded the problems that the Falcons’ hitters were giving Muir.
CV’s pitchers, on the other hand, suffered no such troubles, allowing only two hits throughout the entire game. The two pitchers, junior Cole Currie and senior Chas Turansky, combined for 11 strikeouts.
After the disastrous second inning, Muema-Washington settled down, putting up zeroes in the third and fourth. However in the bottom of the fifth, a leadoff triple, which nearly left the yard by Falcon shortstop Ted Boeke, put the pressure on Muir again.
But rather than pitch to the next batter, Muir elected to intentionally walk the next two hitters, loading the bases up with the score at 9-0, creating force-outs at every base in order to avoid the mercy rule of a 10-run lead after five innings. But mercy was granted quickly as senior Cam Silva drilled a single through the infield, driving home the final run.
With the win, Crescenta Valley improved to 14-5 overall and 6-1 in the Pacific League, while also maintaining their spotless record at home. Five Falcon batters drove in runs.
Muir drops to 5-12 and has yet to defeat an opponent within the Pacific League.