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Baseball: Crescenta Valley tries to help earthquake victims

March 12, 2011 | 10:30 pm

Crescenta Valley's baseball program relies on trainer Junko Nakayama, a native of Japan. Her parents and family live in Hachinohe, Japan. They came out of last week's earthquake and tsunami safe.

Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres considers Nakayama part of the "Falcon family" and wants to honor her and help the people of Japan.

On Wednesday at Stengel Field, when the Falcons play Monrovia in a doubleheader at 4 p.m., there will be buckets available to donate funds to the Red Cross. The Falcons intend to donate any funds raised specifically for the city of Hachinohe in the name of the Nakayama family.

"We want to support Junko any way we can and try to make a difference in her hometown," Torres said.

-- Eric Sondheimer