GLENDALE – Perfect at last.
For the first time in Pacific League history, the Arcadia High School baseball team became the first team to go undefeated in the regular season with a 6-2 victory over Crescenta Valley on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at Stengel Field.
The Arcadia (22-3, 14-0) faithful watched KJ Edson go the distance for his eighth victory. Senior Garrett Tuck barehanded a grounder to shortstop and fired to first for the last out, leading to a celebratory mobbing on the pitcher’s mound.
“You couldn’t have asked for a better end than that,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “It’s good to be able to look back and see something that nobody’s ever done before.
“To do something like that is pretty special.”
Edson struck out six and allowed six hits and two runs, both coming in the third inning. He walked only one.
The Apaches now await the CIF-SS Division 2 playoff pairings, which will be released Monday.
Tuck also set the school record for most hits in a career.
He went 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the first to score Jonathan Tom and give Arcadia an early 1-0 lead. He then broke Tim Smoley’s record of 106 career hits when he singled to right field in the fourth inning. The game briefly was stopped so that Lemas could retrieve the ball and give it to Tuck as a souvenir.