MONTROSE -- The sting from a cut on top of her right ankle dissipated
when she slid into home plate.
Getting on base wasn’t a problem for Crescenta Valley High softball
player Kaycee Crownover, who sustained a quarter-sized mark running the
bases aggressively. Then the waiting game and minor pain vanished.
Crownover finished with a season-high four hits and scored the winning
run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead CV to a 2-1 Pacific League victory against Glendale at Montrose Park on Monday.
Thanks to Crownover, the Falcons (16-2, 4-0 in league) extended their
league winning streak to 44. The junior first baseman said she didn’t
hesitate attempting to score in a topsy-turvy contest that took about two
hours to finish.
With one out, Crownover singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by
Glendale pitcher Heather Hamasaki (10-6). CV’s Sammy Dempsey then singled
and the ball handcuffed the Glendale leftfielder for an error, allowing
Crownover to score.
“I was out there thinking that somebody would pick me up,” said
Crownover, who registered three singles and a triple. “I knew they would.
I could feel the cut when I ran and it stung. It went away when I touched
Crownover said she focused on keeping the winning streak intact
instead of competing in an elongated contest against Glendale.
“There’s pressure to keep the streak going because everybody is out to
get us,” Crownover said. “I didn’t think much about the game going on
CV took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Melanie McCauley doubled in Sarah
Glendale (10-7, 2-2) tied the game in the sixth against CV pitcher
Kris Franks (14-2). Franks, who entered the inning without allowing a
hit, gave up three singles. Vanessa Roggia’s hit scored Audrey Andrade,
who broke up Franks’ bid for a no-hitter.
Traditionally, the outcomes of CV-Glendale games have been close.
“Anybody who didn’t see this today missed out on a well- played game,”
Glendale Coach Kris Kohlmeier said. “It was worth the price of admission.
Both pitchers were magnificent.
“I’m not happy with the loss, but I’m happy with the growth of our
team. In the past, Glendale teams have had a tendency to get uptight
playing against CV. That didn’t happen today.”