By Jason Kurosu
The CV Falcons’ varsity baseball team attempted to regain the Pacific League championship Friday night from the one team that has managed to thwart them not only this season, but during the last two title runs: the Arcadia Apaches. However, it was just not to be.
After giving up a three-run home run to Arcadia senior George Papavasiliou in the second inning, the Falcons’ offense could never catch up, only driving in a lone run in the third inning. Much of the lack of offense had to do with the stellar pitching by Arcadia’s Kirk Edson, who finished the season off with a 10-1 record(most wins in the division) and an 0.56 ERA (2nd in the division). Edson induced little more than ineffective bouncers from the Falcon batters for most of the game.
The uphill battle only grew more daunting with a series of wild pitches, a passed ball, numerous errors and a 2-RBI single that ballooned Arcadia’s 3-1 lead into an 8-1 lead that eventually would be the final score.
“Elliot had a rough game,” CV Coach Phil Torres said after the game.
Junior Elliot Surrey was the starting pitcher for the Falcons. He gave up five runs before giving way to junior Kyle Murray and being moved to first base in the bottom of the third inning.
On the other side of the pitching spectrum, Edson pitched a complete game and after the final strikeout, the Apaches dogpiled in the infield, celebrating their Pacific League Championship in elated fashion. The victory, which ended the Falcons’ seven-game winning streak, moved Arcadia just a half game in front of the Falcons in the standings, making the decision a crucial one in terms of the league title.
However, with the playoffs looming, Coach Torres does not want to linger on the loss.
“We’re starting at 0-0 again,” Torres said. “We’re going to [brush our] uniforms off and start fresh.”