Hit after hit after hit. That was the story of the Little League All-Star baseball game between Vaquero-Burbank and Crescenta Valley, whose bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning, collecting an impressive 12 hits.
“We did what we came out here to do and that was to jump on fastballs,” said Crescenta Valley manager Mike Herman. “Attack and don’t put it in the umpire’s hands.”
The offensive barrage propelled the Crescenta Valley to a 19-1 victory over Vaquero-Burbank at Montrose Park on Thursday to advance to the District 16 Little League All-Stars final against Jewel City-Foothill All-Stars. The game was called after three innings due to the “run rule,” which states any team trailing by 15 or more runs after the third inning must concede.
July’s opening day ceremonies and games marked not only the return of Major League Baseball and a semblance of normalcy in a world of COVID-19, but the beginning of Nik Turley’s comeback tour. “That was my first opening day,” said Turley, a journeyman pitcher who earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season-opening roster, a first in the Crescenta Valley Little League product’s career. “With no fans, it was a different experience for an opening day, but it was pretty special for me.” It was especially momentous for Turley, 30, because he had not pitched in the major leagues since 2017 due to a suspension and Tommy John surgery. The Pirates claimed him off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, with whom he made his MLB debut, two years ago and made a place for the left-hander on their 30-man roster.