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ARCADIA — Jonathan Larson connected on a 1-2 pitch for a two-run triple, giving Garrett Tuck all the runs he would need to lead the Apaches to a solid 3-1 Pacific League victory Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd at Arcadia High.
Tuck pitched six innings, stuck out seven and allowed one unearned run on four hits, and it was his sacrifice fly in the third inning that gave Arcadia (13-3, 5-0) a 1-0 lead.
“He was waiting for this,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “There was a different look in his eye. He came focused and hit his spots.”
KJ Edson picked up his first save of the season when he struck out the first batter he faced. He struck out the third batter and got the last out on a grounder. Tuck didn’t have to search far for motivation.
“They beat us in football and they beat us in basketball,” he said. “We just said wait until baseball, and we were able to do that tonight.”
It seemed as if the Apaches would cruise to the victory and Tuck would record the shutout, but Crescenta Valley (11-5, 3-2) wouldn’t go down without a fight in the seventh.
The Falcons loaded the bases after Kyle Pomeroy got to third after two consecutive Arcadia errors. Tyler Pollak reached first base after a strikeout, wild pitch and Edward Lee singled to center to represent the tying run.
“I knew if I got in trouble they’d get my back,” Tuck said. “Jon’s been hitting real well and that hit was big, and KJ did his thing.”
Edson showed he was in midseason form after getting Crescenta Valley’s Cole Currie to strikeout to record the first out. Elliott Surrey reached first on another Apache error, allowing Pomeroy to score the Falcons’ lone run.
Arcadia 3, Crescenta Valley 1
Crescenta Valley 000 000 1 – 1 4 3
Arcadia 001 002 X – 4 8 4
Troy Mulcahey and Troy Prasertsit; Garrett Tuck, KJ Edson (7) and Chris Lucas.
3B: Jonathan Larson (A). 2B: Kyle Pomeroy (CV). SO: Mulcahey (CV) 13; Tuck (Arc) 7. W: Tuck (4-2). L: Mulcahey (2-2). Sv: Edson (1)
Records: Crescenta Valley 11-5, 3-2; Arcadia 13-3, 5-0