Crescenta Valley High's offensive output was minimal at best, but surprisingly it proved more than enough to upset previously undefeated Hoover, 3-1, Thursday in a Pacific League softball game in front of about 200 at Montrose Community Park.
The Falcons (15-1, 5-0 in league play) managed only two hits off Hoover ace Nancy Evans, but the Tornadoes (18-1-1, 4-1) pitched in with three key errors--all of which contributed to Crescenta Valley's three unearned runs in the second and third innings.
Before Thursday, no team had scored more than two runs against Hoover, which is ranked No. 2 in the state, according to Cal-Hi Sports.
"They wanted to go undefeated," Hoover Coach Kirt Kohlmeier said. "Now they know what it's like to lose one."
After Arizona-bound Evans retired the first three batters on two strikeouts and a groundout in the first inning, Crescenta Valley's Elizabeth Barnes singled to left to lead off the second. Evans retired the next two batters, but Barnes advanced to third in the meantime. When Amanda Huddleston's hard chopper got past shortstop Shannon Feliz, Barnes scored and Huddleston ended up at second. On the next pitch, Erin Linnemeyer singled down the first base line, allowing Huddleston to score for a 2-0 Crescenta Valley lead.