Showing their talents for four seasons around the diamond, Elliot Surrey and Troy Mulcahey proved again to be integral pieces to the puzzle for the Crescenta Valley High baseball team, playing lofty roles in the Falcons winning the Pacific League championship for the first time since 2008. Though the Falcons were eliminated in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs, it didn't detract from the accomplishments Surrey and Mulcahey achieved.
The UC Irvine-bound Surrey, a senior pitcher/first baseman, was named to the All-CIF Division II first team Tuesday. Mulcahey, a senior pitcher/outfielder, earned a spot on the second team.
According to Falcons Coach Phil Torres, members of the Southern Section Baseball Advisory Board also selected a second team based on additional All-CIF nominations from coaches, though it was not released on the CIF's website.
For Surrey, postseason awards are nothing new.
"It's pretty big and it's very humbling," said Surrey, a left-hander who earlier shared the league's co-most valuable player with teammate Kyle Murray after leading the Falcons to a mark of 20-8, 12-2 in league. "It's humbling because you are in there with a lot of great players who did well, too.
"I just went out there and competed and let the results be the results."
The results proved to be quite impressive for Surrey, who finished 6-1 over 50 1/3 innings. He posted a splendid 1.11 earned-run average, struck out 73 and allowed just three walks.
Surrey hit .341 with 14 runs batted in, 22 runs and eight doubles.
"My coaches helped me become a better overall player," said Surrey, who was a second-team member last season. "Everything has paid off over the last four years and it will be something great to look back at."
Torres, who has guided the Falcons to 10 league championships and one CIF title since taking over the program in 1998, said Surrey proved to be reliable in all facets of the game.
"He's consistent and that's what you are looking for," Torres said. "It's a great honor for him and he did a great job in league and out of league.
"He'll be successful at Irvine."
Mulcahey, who was an All-CIF first-team honoree last season and is the reigning All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, hit a team-high four home runs, including a pair in league. He hit .432 with 23 RBI, 23 runs, a team-high 38 hits and 13 doubles.
On the mound, Mulcahey (2-1) struck out 37 in 27 2/3 innings and sported a 1.77 ERA.
"With Troy, his offensive numbers are hard to ignore," Torres said. "The guys in the division knew who he was and how hard he could hit the ball.
"It's neat for Elliot and Troy to get All-CIF because they've been good players throughout. it's tough to make the first and/or second team."
Kyle Davis of Garden Grove Pacifica was named the division's player of the year after helping his team win the CIF title.