By Brandon HENSLEY
One more win and the Falcons’ boys baseball team has itself another Pacific League championship.
The Falcons were able to hold down Pasadena High School last Friday, and easily took care of Glendale Tuesday afternoon at GHS to put them in the position they has hoped for all season long: win and they’re league champs.
CV enters Friday’s game vs. Arcadia 11-2 in league (19-7 overall), tied with the Burbank Bulldogs, though CV swept Burbank this season. Burroughs and Arcadia are tied for third with 10-3 records. It’s been that close for most of the season.
After CV lost to Arcadia 3-2 on April 19, the team has rattled off six straight wins, including back-to-back victories over Burbank and Burroughs. It was pretty much the only option for CV if it wanted the championship.
“We didn’t feel the pressure,” said junior Bryan Wang. “We just went out there and played. It was a really fun week.”
On Fan Appreciation Night last Friday, the Falcons trailed 1-0 after one inning against Pasadena, but things changed in the second when they scored five runs off of pitcher Patrick Saucedo, including two-run doubles by both Joe Torres and Michael Russo.
Pasadena got some runs back on shaky infield defense by CV, but the Falcons held on for a 7-3 win.
“All the teams are competing this year,” said Wang. “Even Pasadena has some good players. It’s been crazy in league.”
The Falcons beat Glendale 8-0 on Tuesday. CV put up two runs in the first inning, and three runs each in the third and fourth. The Falcons’ pitching staff, led by starter Wang, held the Nitros scoreless. Glendale committed five errors.
If not for the close loss to Arcadia, things might be a little better for CV heading into Friday. Wang said the team is focused on Arcadia this week, not the last time they played.
“I don’t think so. It just makes us want to work harder to want to beat them and win league,” he said.
Wang pitched his freshman year, but not last season. CV was stacked with good arms in 2012 with Elliot Surrey, Kyle Murray, Troy Mulcahey and Cole Currie.
But three of those guys graduated, and Currie left the team earlier this season to focus on basketball. Now Wang is back on the mound, this time with Ted Boeke, Jonny Psaltis and Brian Gadsby.
CV’s pitching hasn’t given up more than three runs in its last nine games.
“That was the thing about losing all those starting pitchers,” Wang said. “We didn’t know what our rotation as going to be, and Jonny and Ted and especially Brian stepped up. They’ve been pitching amazing.”