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La Cañada softball stymies Crescenta Valley

Softball: Crescenta Valley can't keep up with La Cañada's offense in 10-6 nonleague road loss Thursday.

February 28, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CANADA — Offense will have to be the tone setter for the La Cañada High softball team this season, and the Spartans certainly knew that in their season opener with Crescenta Valley High Thursday.

Both sides combined for a ton of offense, but it was La Cañada’s 13 hits with four players posting multi-hit games that led it past Crescenta Valley, 10-6.

“I’m very happy, you put up 10 runs against a team like CV in the first game of the year [it’s good],” La Cañada Coach KC Mathews said.

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Crescenta Valley also gave La Cañada plenty of chances offensively, as it committed five errors in the game, and had several other mental errors, from base running, backing up plays defensively and lack of focus, Falcons Coach Mark Samford said.

“The frustrating thing is that’s not indicative of how we can play,” said Samford, who had his starting second baseman Adela Alatraca exit the game in the second inning when she reinjured a broken finger. “Those things are frustrating.”

Offensively, the Falcons (0-3) were led by leadoff hitter Hailey Cookson (three for four, stolen base) and Whitney Craig (two for four, four runs batted in).

“I thought [Craig] did a great job of settling in there and focusing,” Samford said of his No. 7 hitter. “She’s a more than a capable player. ... It was a huge step forward for her and was huge for us.”

La Cañada jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning behind a bases-loaded walk drawn by Kelsey Drange, which was followed by a bases-clearing double from Annie Monroe, who finished two for four with four RBI.

“I knew I had to pick up my team,” Monroe said. “Anyone else behind could have done the same thing, but I was just ready and aggressive on the first pitch.”

Crescenta Valley answered with two runs and in the fourth — on a two-RBI double from Craig — and three more in the fifth to pull within a run, 6-5, heading into the bottom of the fifth.

As had been the case all night, the Spartans had an answer at the plate. La Cañada’s Aubri Thompson got on base to start the inning when a pop fly was dropped by the CV first baseman, who was attempting an over the shoulder catch just on the outfield grass.

It was one of five of the Falcons’ errors in the game with two more coming on the very next play.

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