The year on the diamond has come and gone for the Crescenta Valley High School baseball and softball teams. Both programs had quality years, advancing to the playoffs, but both were eliminated in the first round.
The baseball team recaptured the Pacific League championship this season, after having lost it to Burroughs High in 2015. The Falcons were co-league champions this time around with Burroughs, with a 12-2 record. It was CV’s fourth league title in the last five seasons. The team fell to Oxnard in the CIF Division II first-round playoff game on May 19 at Stengel Field. CV was down just 1-0 through four innings, but a big fifth inning by Oxnard, including four consecutive hits and two errors by CV’s defense, pushed the score to 5-0 and essentially put the game away.
The Falcons went 20-8 overall, and were led by pitchers Will Smiley, Trevor Beer and Max Meyer, and infielders Adrian Damla and Ryan Lynch, and catcher Kewin Ledesma.
The CV softball team was eliminated in the Division III wild-card game on May 17 at CVHS. The Falcons led Cerritos 6-5 heading into the seventh and final inning, but gave up two runs and eventually lost 7-6 to end their season. CV went 15-12 overall, 11-3 in the Pacific League, good for third place behind Burroughs and Glendale.
The Falcons were able to sweep Burbank this season, something no team was able to do in year’s past with dominating Caitlyn Brooks pitching and hitting. But Brooks graduated in 2015, and the Bulldogs suffered a down year, going 8-6 in league. CV also crushed rival Arcadia this year, winning 15-6 and 6-1, but it could not overcome Burroughs. The Indians swept CV, 4-1 and 12-5 in late April.
The Falcons were led by second-year coach Amanda Peek and players Sydnee Wells, Jessica Yzaguirre, Kendall Ebert, Taylor Schaffer and Taylor Hoogenhuizen.