ARCADIA — Ted Boeke hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh and the Crescenta Valley High School baseball team edged host Arcadia 5-4 on Friday night.
With the win, Crescenta Valley (20-7, 12-2) earned a share of the Pacific League championship with Burbank and will go into next week’s playoffs as the league’s No. 1 team. Arcadia (20-7, 10-4) finished tied with Burroughs for third, and will get the league’s automatic after winning the tiebreaker.
Crescenta Valley trailed 4-2 entering the seventh inning, but got two men on for Boeke with one out. Arcadia opted to lift starter Austin Georgen and bring in reliever Joey Harmon to face Boeke.
Boeke was waiting for a fastball and when he got it, he didn’t miss, sending a shot over the left-field fence to give his team the lead.
“I knew the fastball was his go-to pitch,” Boeke said. “So when I was looking fastball, I got one and hit it.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s something I was wanting to do since freshman year and it’s a dream come true. When you think you’re going to hit a home run, bad things happens. So I was just going up there thinking hit the ball hard.”
Crescenta Valley starter Brian Gadsby was left in to pitch the seventh and quickly got two outs before Troy Resch singled to give the Apaches hope. But Gadsby got Georgen to ground to end the game and Arcadia’s three-year reign as league champion was over.