NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Riding a six-game winning streak and hitting the ball hard all over the field, the Crescenta Valley High baseball team is spending its spring break heating up.
The Falcons bats were white hot over their final two offensive innings of Wednesday’s closing game of the 44th annual Babe Herman Tournament, pounding out 14 runs on nine hits in that span to bury Jesuit, 19-9, in what had been a close game through four-plus innings.
“We’ve had some close games, but we just hit the ball hard tonight,” said Falcons first baseman Kyle Pomeroy, who went three for four with three runs batted in, including the tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning. “That’s just it. You put the barrel on the ball and you hit the ball hard and good things happen.”
Joe Sedano’s grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 16-6 was the crescendo of the Falcons’ offensive onslaught, which saw the team bat around in both the fifth and sixth.
“We made a lot of mistakes early, but we hit the ball pretty good tonight too, which is a good sign,” Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said. “It’s a good week to get hot and when you get all these at-bats day after day, sometimes things start to click for you a little bit.”
Jesuit (7-4) scored in each of the first five innings, taking a 6-5 lead on a single by Brad Gerig in the top of the fifth.
Crescenta Valley (9-3) responded with a four-run, one-out rally keyed by a double from Troy Prasertsit (three for three) followed by a game-tying single by Pomeroy.
Tyler Pollak walked and Nate Rousey singled through the left side of the infield to give the Falcons a 7-6 lead when Pomeroy scored from second base. Pinch-hitter Mark Sereno then doubled to plate Pollak and Rousey for a 9-6 advantage.
Cole Currie continued the hit parade with an opposite-field single that scored Sereno and the rout was on.
Pomeroy’s second hit and RBI of the inning came on a high chopper over second base with the bases loaded to score Elliott Surrey for a 12-6 lead.
Rousey led off the sixth with a bunt single and Jesuit began to fall apart. Eddie Lee was hit by a pitch, Currie reached on an error to load the bases and Sedano crushed a 3-1 pitch high over the left-field fence to increase the lead to 10.
“We played some good teams and when you execute and do things right, good things happen,” Pomeroy said. “Everything’s been going well.”
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