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Burroughs, Pasadena Battle In Shoot-Out; Indians Win, 45-34

By Rick Assad

An all-out offensive explosion took place at Memorial Field on Friday between Burroughs High and Pasadena.

Effective running, timely passing and a key interception by senior defensive back Cerain Baker in the waning moments with the ball on the Burroughs 48-yard line were on display and when it was over, the Indians held off the Bulldogs 45-34 in a Pacific League opening match.

Ben Peters ran for 302 yards on 45 carries and scored four touchdowns in a 45-34 win over visiting Pasadena. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I thought it would be a little bit more of a defensive game,” Burroughs coach Mike Reily said. “I wasn’t quite expecting this many points on either side of the ball to be honest with you. But what a great battle. What a great game from a spectator perspective. The kind of back and forth and the drama. It was a fun game.”

Senior running back Ben Peters carried the ball 45 times and accounted for 302 yards with four touchdowns. This was the ninth most yards ever gained on the ground in school history.

Pasadena (269 total net yards) forged ahead 14-13 heading into the second quarter, but Burroughs outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 in the second period and moved in front 31-20. The Indians led 38-28 after three quarters.

Reily was asked what he liked the most about his team. “Their no quit attitude,” he said as the Indians improved to 2-1 and are 1-0 in league. “We told them that Pasadena is a squad where they’re going to rally and they’re going to be right back in the game. We had a decision to make whether to keep fighting or whether we quit and our kids decided not to quit and decided to keep fighting and I was excited to see that from my squad.”

Nathan Piper’s steady hand directed the offense to a victory over the Bulldogs in a Pacific League opener. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Junior quarterback Nathan Piper’s five-yard toss to senior wide receiver Charlie Rodriguez (56 yards on five receptions) broke the seal with 10:21 left for a 6-0 lead and an 11-yard scamper from Peters made it 13-0 with 5:13 on the clock.

Piper finished his night by completing 13 of 20 for 178 yards with three interceptions.

Senior defensive back Hakeem Hickman’s fumble recovery made it possible for Peters to contribute a two-yard scoring run with 10:06 remaining before the half as the Indians led 21-14.

With less than three minutes on the clock before the intermission, Piper’s 23-yard toss found senior wide receiver David Lennstrom as Burroughs (504 total yards) danced ahead 28-20.

After senior kicker Jonathan Rivas drilled a 26-yard field goal, the lead swelled to 31-20 with eight seconds left.

Peters located the end zone on a one-yard run with 1:32 remaining in the third frame that made it 38-28 and his five-yard dash with 7:14 on the ticker in the fourth quarter saw the Indians jump out to a 45-34 edge.

When Pasadena senior tailback Jaloni West scurried in from 36 yards and 4:26 left in the opening stanza, the Bulldogs were within 13-6.

West (46 rushing yards on six carries and two receptions for 16 yards) later caught an 11-yard toss from senior quarterback Daron Derderian (five of 12 for 47 yards) with 8:28 left in the second quarter that shaved the advantage to 21-20.

The Indians’ defense tries to disrupt Pasadena senior quarterback Hakeem Herring, who led the Bulldogs to a pair of scores in the second half. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Senior cornerback Kalonji West picked off Piper and scurried 44 yards with 3:11 left in the third period and when Derderian’s two-point toss to senior wide receiver Jalen Jolley (91 yards on six catches) was successful, the Bulldogs led 14-13.

“They were very athletic and great looking kids and well coached,” said Reily of the Bulldogs, who are 0-4 and 0-1 in league.

Pasadena senior field general Hakeem Herring (13 of 22 for 171 yards and one pick) had an eight-yard scoring toss with 4:07 on the clock in the third quarter as the Bulldogs drew within 31-28.

Herring also chimed in with a nine-yard pass and 10:17 showing in the fourth period that lowered the margin to 38-34.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Can’t Keep Stride With Arcadia

By Rick Assad

At least recently, when it comes to the Pacific League girls’ volleyball race, most of the time Burroughs High and Arcadia are near the top of the standings.

On Tuesday afternoon, these two behemoths met and after four sets, the visiting Apaches prevailed, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-14.

Marin Grote goes up for a point, but is met by Arcadia’s Katie Blastek (#12) and Hannah Ruiz in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians played well in the second frame and were tied 17-17 in the third set on senior outside hitter Marin Grote’s tapper.

It was also level at 18-18 on outside hitter Lydia Grote’s kill.

“I think the first and second games we were definitely really, really excited, and we were all playing really well as a team, I think,” said Grote, a sophomore. “In the third game, we kind of stopped communicating to each a little bit more. We weren’t playing the best that we could have been.”

Grote added: “I think we did that really well [communicate] in the second game and then in the fourth game there was no talking on the court. We stopped playing as a team. We started playing one individual player on the court.”

Shea McGovern prepares to serve for the Indians in a clash with the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia (5-2 and 3-1 in league) gathered itself and outscored Burroughs 7-1 with the clincher Lydia Grote’s shot hitting the net.

Grote felt there was a lesson to be learned. “I definitely think we are better than what we played tonight,” she said. “I think we did lose communication in the third and fourth sets and if we had kept it together, I think we’d have stayed more excited and more up and we’re making less errors.”

Grote continued: “I think that next time we play them we’re definitely going to be better at communicating. We’re going to get every ball.”

The Apaches pulled in front 5-0 in the third game on a kill from senior opposite hitter Hannah Ruiz (12 kills).

Digging deep, the Indians rallied and evened it at 9-9 on freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue’s service ace.

Arcadia took the final two sets and the match behind strong play from Hannah Kennedy, who had a match-high 23 kills. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arcadia then bolted in front 15-10 on a smash from senior outside hitter Hannah Kennedy (match-best 23 kills).

The Apaches zoomed into a 21-18 lead on Kennedy’s tapper which caused the Indians (7-2 and 3-1 in league) to seek a time out.

“I prepare the girls as if we’re going to game five,” Arcadia coach Jennifer Estrada said. “So that’s how they’re playing. That’s how I train them. They’re going to game five and that’s it. Because if I prepare them that we’re going to win it in three, then their mindset is that not to take it to five.”

Marin Grote gave it her all, but it wasn’t enough against the Apaches. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Estrada went on: “Whereas if we’re going against such a great school, we already know, hey, they’re going to challenge you guys. I mean we play against a lot of schools in our league and they haven’t challenged us. A game like this is awesome because these girls can actually go point by point.”

The second game was even at 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6 on a kill from Kennedy.

Burroughs then jumped out to an 11-9 advantage on Marin Grote’s smash as the Apaches asked for time.

Arcadia tied it at 13-13 on a bullet from senior outside hitter Ashley McDonald (five kills) and led 18-15 on a service ace from junior libero Haley Kennedy (16 digs).

The Indians evened it at 21-21 on Marin Grote’s spike which forced the Apaches to call a time out.

Lydia Grote shows off her skills in a Pacific League match against Arcadia. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

It became 23-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and her rifle shot clinched the set and evened the match at one game apiece.

“Coming out of the second game we had a lot of momentum going into the third and then we flopped,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We gave them six points in a row, so we’re down 6-0. We had to crawl back to tie it up at 18, then they got seven in a row.”

What does Real need to do in order so that an opponent doesn’t go on prolonged runs?

“We need to be better in practice at not letting that happen,” he noted. “Because we practice that. And we’re not very good at that.”

Net play was furious in a Pacific League match between Arcadia and Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

The initial set was deadlocked at 3-3 on a kill from McDonald, but the Apaches went on an 8-2 spurt that included an ace from Ruiz as Arcadia took control 11-5.

When Haley Kennedy delivered a service ace it became 16-8,.

Arcadia junior middle blocker Ayala Plummer’s rocket made it 20-12 which prompted the Indians to call for time.

The Apaches moved ahead 23-13 when junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s hit sailed out of bounds and the set was iced on McDonald’s kill.

“The only good thing about it is that we’re still in the hunt,” Real said. “We have to beat everybody else from now on.”

The Indians have time to work on some things before facing Arcadia on Oct. 12, with a 3:30 p.m. start time.

Burbank Girls Volleyball Extended Five Sets, Beats Crescenta Valley

By Rick Assad

It seemed that whenever the Burbank High girls’ volleyball team needed a point or a key play, Melissa Daniel was ready to deliver.

In the fifth and deciding game in Thursday’s Pacific League match, Daniel had six kills and a combined stuff as the host Bulldogs took down Crescenta Valley, 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 15-7.

Melissa Daniel led the way for Burbank with 20 kills and 22 digs against Crescenta Valley. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Daniel scored the first two points on kills before sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway (six aces and three kills) tossed in an ace that made it 3-0.

Daniel’s spike pushed the lead to 4-0, while senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Erin Lashkari’s stuff extended it to 5-0.

“Yeah, that’s so important, getting off strong because CV is a strong team, too,” said Daniel, a senior outside hitter who contributed a match-best 20 kills and 22 digs. “But we need to establish that lead to make sure that we could take this game.”

Lashkari and Daniel then teamed up on a jam as the advantage swelled to 6-0.

Burbank’s defense was stellar, especially in the fifth set versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Falcons (1-7 and 0-3 in league) scored a point on a net violation, but Daniel added a kill and senior opposite/outside hitter Arpi Garibyan (three kills) tossed in a stuff that made it 8-1 as Crescenta Valley asked for time.

“We’re definitely coming on stronger this year,” Daniel said. “We want to make a better showing than last year which wasn’t our best effort. This team this year is super close and it’s helping with our connection and I think we’re working great together.”

Daniel’s spike made it 10-1 and her smash supplied the Bulldogs with a 12-6 lead.

Crescenta Valley’s Teny Noordermeer rises up, but is met by Erin Lashkari in a Pacific League match. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Eventually Burbank (4-0 and 3-0 in league) would take the match after winning three of the next four points including Treadway’s dagger that made it 14-7 and senior defensive specialist/libero Katie Marcy’s service ace for the clincher.

When asked if it was intentional that she had the ball set in the fifth set, Daniel said that it wasn’t.

“It just happened to turn out that way,” she said. “I definitely didn’t play my best the first couple of sets. But I definitely came out with more stronger energy and the whole team had a lot more energy in that fifth set because we want to win.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo also felt confident in the fifth set. “With that experience she’s (Daniel) going to put that ball away for us,” he said. “We just had to feed the hot hand. We practice these games where you gotta feed the hot hand and the hot hand’s gotta figure it out. She contributed a lot today.”

Ashley Eskander, who had 25 assists, serves in a match against the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The opening game was tied 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 5-5, 6-6, 9-9, 10-10 and 11-11, but the Bulldogs took over 16-14 on an ace from senior opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan (six kills and 13 digs) and 20-16 on Treadway’s bullet.

When Lashkari had a tap-stuff, Burbank led 21-19, but the Falcons tied it at 21-21 on an ace from senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang.

A kill from Daniel gave the Bulldogs a 22-21 edge, and the Bulldogs would take three of the next four points for the set.

Burbank led 4-1 in the second game on Garibyan’s stuff and 12-5 on Torosyan’s winner.

A kill from Daniel gave the Bulldogs a 16-10 edge and it would be even at 20-20 on a stuff from Treadway.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 24-24 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill, only to see Lashkari’s spike make it 25-24 and Daniel’s kill push it to 26-25.

Burbank moved in front 3-0 in the third set on Treadway’s ace, and it would be tied 14-14 on Treadway’s tapper.

The Bulldogs darted in front 17-14 on Marcy’s ace as Crescenta Valley asked for time and then outscored Burbank 11-3 for the set.

It was tied eight times in the early going in the fourth set before the Bulldogs led 12-10 on an ace from sophomore setter Ashley Eskander (25 assists).

The Falcons forged a  20-16 advantage on Gang’s blast as the Bulldogs needed a time out.

Burbank came within 23-20 on Treadway’s service ace as the Falcons asked for time, but when Lashkari’s serve sailed out of bounds, the fifth set became necessary.

Burroughs Girls Volleyball Starts Slow, Ends Fast Against CV

By Rick Assad

An early deficit may have been the perfect springboard for the visiting Burroughs High girls’ volleyball team on Tuesday.

After losing the opening game, the Indians roared back and took the next three for a 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-21 Pacific League decision over CrescentaValley.

“I think we made a lot of errors today,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “CV didn’t make errors. They made us have to play. They’re digging balls. They’re serving well. So if we’re not on point, you know, this is hard.”

With the match level at one game apiece, Burroughs forged ahead 10-6 in the third game behind a kill from junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo, who finished with 10 kills.

The Indians moved ahead 12-9 on a smash from sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote.

Grote’s dagger made it 17-11 and when senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who will play volleyball for the University of Washington, delivered a bullet that made it 19-11, the Falcons called time out.

Outside hitter Marin Grote had a match-best 21 kills in a Pacific League win over host Crescenta Valley. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have a lot of upperclassmen which is an advantage, I think,” said Grote, who finished with a match-best 21 kills. “A lot of experienced players. And so it takes the team working together to get it rolling, as you saw in the third game.”

Burroughs led 21-12 on senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude’s kill and it became 23-12 on Patenaude’s service ace.

Patenaude had seven kills for the match.

Marin Grote’s smash gave the Indians a 24-14 edge and junior setter/opposite hitter Shea McGovern’s ace the set.

Crescenta Valley (1-6 and 0-2 in league) led 6-0 in the fourth set behind junior setter/outside hitter Madison Blohm’s service ace.

But the Indians came within 8-4 on Marin Grote’s kill.

“I always expect a good competitive match from CV,” Grote said. “I know they’re a good team. I’ve played with several of the girls. As a team, we expected a good hard match.”

Burroughs then outscored the Falcons 10-5 and led 14-13 on senior defensive specialist/libero Lizzy Jessen’s service winner.

The Falcons evened it at 16-16 on junior outside/opposite hitter Maya Lightfoot’s kill which caused Burroughs to ask for time out.

Crescenta Valley led 17-16 on senior outside/opposite hitter Marley Gang’s ace, but Marin Grote’s hit evened it at 17-17.

From this point, the Indians took control and pushed ahead 20-18 on Van Loo’s kill and 23-20 on Lydia Grote’s kill as the Falcons called time out.

Burroughs (6-1 and 2-0 in league) claimed two of the next three points including Patenaude’s tapper for the game and match.

The second game was even at 3-3 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Indians darted in front 7-6 and 8-6 on consecutive service aces from McGovern.

Crescenta Valley tied it at 10-10 on junior opposite hitter/middle blocker Grace Holland’s kill.

Van Loo’s smash tied it at 11-11, but the Indians would pull ahead 15-13 on Lydia Grote’s tapper.

Marin Grote’s blast made it 18-15 and her service winner pushed the advantage to 21-19.

“This past match was way better than Glendale,” Grote said. “Glendale was the first league match and this did not go our way even though we won. It wasn’t a good match. This was more of a team-oriented match and was better played.”

Van Loo’s kill saw the Indians bolt ahead 22-20, while senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich’s stuff made it 23-20.

Van Loo added another kill that made it 24-20 and Marin Grote’s service ace saw the Indians even the match at a game apiece.

Crescenta Valley took a 3-0 lead in the first game on Gang’s kill and 7-1 when Marin Grote’s smash missed.

The Indians came within 8-5 on Marin Grote’s kill, but the Falcons extended their lead to 12-10 on Holland’s ace.

Crescenta Valley pulled in front 17-13 on Blohm’s service ace and 20-17 on Gang’s ace.

Burroughs tied it at 22-22 on Marin Grote’s kill and it was even at 23-23 when Marin Grote’s serve hit the net.

Holland’s service ace made it 24-23 and was followed by Van Loo’s spike that missed as the Falcons took the opening set.

Real wasn’t pleased losing the initial game, but said that it was self-inflicted. “I think, unfortunately, maybe some overconfidence,” he said. “Even in game four, I think we were down 6-0.”

Real went on: “One of our goals for today was to get off to a fast start and run the game fast because they had a three-ball system. So it went fast alright, for the other team.”

Burbank, Burroughs Girls Volleyball Shoot For Moon

By Rick Assad

The prize is the same for the Burroughs High and Burbank girls’ volleyball teams and that’s capturing the Pacific League title and then advancing deep into the postseason.

In recent years, the edge in these departments have usually gone to the Indians while the Bulldogs have had some success.

A season ago, Burroughs placed second in league to Arcadia with a 12-2 record and pushed its way to the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals, but lost to Foothill.

“We expect the Pacific League to be more competitive than in years past,” Burroughs coach Edwin Real said. “We have seen improvements in Glendale and Pasadena and we are always expecting Arcadia to be toward the top.”

Burbank Coach Karl Rojo addresses the team at a recent practice. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With regard to Burbank, Real said he expects the matches to be close.

“The rival game with Burbank is always competitive as well,” he said. “Our goal is to win the league title, though.”

The Indians play at Burbank on Sept. 28 and then host the Bulldogs on Oct. 24.

Leading the charge for the Indians will be senior outside hitter Marin Grote, who at 6-feet-4, also plays center for the basketball team.

Grote, a powerful hitter and a defensive stalwart, is expected to attend and play volleyball for the University of Washington.

Other key individuals include senior outside hitter Julianna Cottrell and junior opposite hitter Juliana Van Loo.

Burroughs senior outside hitter Marin Grote is one key to success for the Indians. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Also on the squad are senior setter Lauren Zedlar, senior opposite hitter Jewel Musich, senior defensive specialist/libero Sabrina Sullivan, senior defensive specialist Lizzy Jessen and senior middle blocker Ricki Patenaude.

The others include junior opposite hitter Jolene Solimon, junior opposite hitter Shea McGovern, junior defensive specialist Caitlin Lim, junior middle blocker Maggie Harris, sophomore outside hitter Lydia Grote and freshman outside hitter Catie Virtue.

“Our goal for the season is to play consistent, match by match in order to win the Pacific League and also have a memorable playoff run,” Real said. “We are hoping that our talent and team chemistry helps us advance beyond the quarterfinals, a feat no other girls volleyball team at Burroughs has done.”

Likewise, Burbank Coach Karl Rojo, who begins his third season, also expects good things from the Bulldogs, who finished above .500 overall.

But Rojo will have to replace two offensive and defensive forces, Hailey Heath and Rachel Wiley, who graduated.

Still there is enough talent on the roster to compete and that includes senior outside hitter Melissa Daniel, senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Erin Lashkari and senior middle blocker/opposite hitter Bene Snyder.

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are all on the softball team and extremely versatile athletes.

“The chemistry is nice,” Rojo said. “Not too much drama. We’re hoping for a better season than last season.”

Rojo then added: “We lost some key players,” he noted. “We were able to fill in those spots. They’re working hard and ready to play.”

In last year’s match, host Burbank and Burroughs shake hands afterward. Both are gunning for Pacific League banner. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Daniel, Lashkari and Snyder are capable of pushing the Bulldogs beyond a 7-7 league record and fourth place, which is where they placed last season.

There is going to be help in the form of senior outside/opposite hitter Suzy Torosyan, sophomore outside hitter Katie Treadway and sophomore setter Ashley Eskander.

Other key players are senior opposite hitter/middle blocker Arpi Garibyan and junior opposite/outside hitter Amaya Broyls.

One thing the Bulldogs will have to avoid are instances when they didn’t play well down the stretch of matches.

“We need to keep this core group mentally sharp,” Rojo said. “We can fix those issues in practice. We need to put the ball away early.”

The rest of Rojo’s squad includes senior libero/defensive specialist Katie Marcy, senior outside/opposite hitter Elizabeth Kvryan, junior outside/opposite hitter Carmen Camacho-Platas, junior middle blocker/opposite hitter Olivia Price, junior libero/defensive specialist Hannah Cericos, sophomore libero Morgan Bolger and sophomore setter Kassie Gonzales.

Burroughs Softball Blanks Burbank 6-0 For Share Of Third Straight League Title

By Rick Assad

 

There was much riding on the outcome of Thursday night’s Pacific League softball clash between Burroughs High and Burbank at McCambridge Park.

A win by the Indians would assure them of a first-place tie with Crescenta Valley, and a victory by the Bulldogs would give them fourth place, one game ahead of Glendale and a CIF Southern Section playoff berth.

Some members of the Burroughs softball team gather after beating rival Burbank and winning a third consecutive Pacific League banner. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

In the end, junior Presley Miraglia was simply too good and in control, striking out 11 and yielding four hits in a 6-0 complete-game shutout in the regular-season finale as the Indians secured a share of a third straight league title.

“Any time we go into a game, we feel good,” first-year Burroughs coach Wes Tanigawa said. “The way they were focused and settled down, I felt good.”

The Indians (19-8 and 12-2 in league) scurried in front 1-0 in the fourth inning against sophomore Alyssa Porras and added five more runs in the sixth.

The initial tally started when Miraglia (three singles) reached base on an error. Sophomore Citlali Mendez then came in to pinch run and moved to second base on sophomore Mia Storer’s infield hit.

Junior pitcher Presley Miraglia, shown in a recent game, allowed four hits with 11 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mendez took third base on junior Jessica Amaya’s sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate on junior Nikki Ricciardella’s perfect sacrifice squeeze bunt.

Burbank (12-14 and 8-6 in league) fell behind 6-0 after the five-run explosion that began with a base hit by Miraglia to left field. Once again, Mendez ran for her.

Junior hurler Allie Benson replaced Porras and faced Storer, who was safe on an error.

Pinch hitter Kaitlin Escamilla, a sophomore, drew a walk to load the bases and Ricciardella was hit by a pitch which forced in a run.

The key blow was delivered by senior Amanda Flores (two hits), who clubbed a two-run double to right center.

Porras re-entered and allowed an infield single to pinch hitter, sophomore Morgan Mersola, that scored a run and two batters later, senior Lauren Lopez added a run-scoring single to right field.

“It got away from us,” Burbank coach Mike Delaney said. “We simply made too many key mistakes.”

Miraglia worked a perfect first and fanned all three batters before allowing a one-out single in the second inning to right center by junior Erin Lashkari, who went to second base on sophomore Sarah Garelick’s sacrifice bunt.

But Miraglia then collected herself and struck out junior Macie Jensen swinging.

Miraglia then fashioned a 1-2-3 third and fourth inning, striking out freshman Katie Treadway in the third and fanning junior Anysia Gonzalez in the fourth.

“My pitching coach worked with me to get my pitches down,” Miraglia said. “I needed to fix my level of pitches. I knew what I had to do.”

Delaney admitted that Miraglia was throwing hard and also keeping the ball down, but said they were perhaps too anxious. “We didn’t decide what part of the plate to swing at,” he pointed out.

Miraglia retired Lashkari to open the fifth inning on a liner to center field and then struck out Garelick looking.

Jensen reached first on a miscue and then stole second, however, Miraglia settled down and induced junior Bene Snyder to line out to first base.

Miraglia began the sixth inning by fanning senior pinch hitter Alyssa De La Torre, but surrendered an infield single to sophomore Alex Davis.

Miraglia whiffed sophomore Amaya Broyls, but allowed a single to left by junior Melissa Daniel, only to strike out Gonzalez swinging.

Miraglia induced Lashkari to ground out to begin the seventh, but Garelick laced a single to right center.

Jensen popped up for the second out and Snyder grounded out to seal the victory.

Porras allowed seven hits and struck out two with two walks in seven innings while Benson walked a batter, hit a batter and gave up one hit.

Burbank Baseball Closes Deal, Beats Burroughs, 5-1

By Rick Assad

 

Fittingly on Senior Night, a pair of upperclassmen for the Burbank High baseball team helped push the Bulldogs to a 5-1 Pacific League triumph over visiting Burroughs on Tuesday night.

Matt Lungaro ventured seven innings and yielded six hits, while Christian Guerra delivered the go-ahead, bases-loaded, two-run single to center field during a four-run sixth inning uprising.

“This was a big moment for him,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of Guerra. “This was Senior Night and though he hasn’t had the season he wanted, he showed what he’s capable of doing.”

Matt Lungaro, shown in a recent Pacific League game, allowed six hits in a 5-1 win over Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The game was notched at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth when senior Henry Leake walked to open the frame.

Junior designated hitter Abiezer Delgado was safe on a fielder’s choice and Leake scurried to second base on an error.

Junior Matthew Shaugabay was hit by a pitch and up stepped Guerra, who worked the count to 3-2 and then lined a Matthew Rudas fastball that made it 3-1.

“We might not be the most talented team, but we fight hard and we scrap,” Hart said. “We don’t take anything for granted. We fight for everything.”

The third run came in on a balk and Burbank’s advantage became 5-1 on junior Max Meltzer’s sacrifice fly.

The Bulldogs (14-8 and 10-3 in league) led 1-0 in the third inning when Meltzer singled to right field, and then stole second base.

The Indians had base runners, but cashed in only one run versus Burbank on Tuesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sophomore Davis Mieliwocki’s base hit to center advanced Meltzer to third base and scored on senior Chris Minnick’s single.

The Indians (12-13 and 7-6 in league) evened it at 1-1 with a run in the fourth inning when junior Nathan Palafox led off with a single to left field.

Freshman Adan Perez came in as a pinch runner and junior Daniel Leonard (two singles) moved him to second base on a grounder. Perez eventually came around on an error.

“I’m proud of my guys,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said of his team who have a home game on Friday at 6 p.m. against the Bulldogs. “But you have to take your hat off to Burbank. They were the better team tonight.”

Sherwood continued: “It’s one game, but we’ll be back. That’s baseball,” he said.

Lungaro retired the side in order in the first and squirmed out of a second-inning jam.

Junior Andrew Jacob Barrera doubled down the left-field line to open the frame and took third on Leonard’s single to left.

Leonard stole second, but Lungaro then fanned junior Brandon Giraldo and junior Matthew Diaz to end the threat.

“I try and come out and just relax,” said Lungaro, who struck out seven. “I just want to hit my spots and not worry about all the stress. I felt pretty confident that we were going to win.”

The Bulldogs managed four hits, but scored five runs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Five batters went to the plate for the Indians in the third including sophomore Niccolo Chuidian, who led off with a single to left.

Freshman Ricardo Perez was safe on an error and advanced to second base on senior Brandon Martinez’s grounder, but senior Justin Palafox flied out and Barrera fanned to close the inning.

Martinez’s one-out single in the fifth was followed by Justin Palafox striking out and Barrera grounding out.

After Leonard’s one-out single in the sixth inning, Giraldo then flied out and Diaz grounded out.

Lungaro struck out Chuidian to open the seventh, Perez bounced back to the box and Martinez lined out.

Rudas, a senior, toured five-plus innings, allowing four hits with five strikeouts and one walk and five hit batters, while junior Brandon Ortega went one inning and nicked one batter.

Burroughs Baseball Loses To Crescenta Valley In Five Innings

By Rick Assad

 

It took roughly 40 minutes to play and when it was over an unexpected offensive avalanche hit the Burroughs High baseball team.

After that first inning, Crescenta Valley managed one run, but the sum resulted in a 10-0, five-inning victory for the Falcons in a Pacific League match on Friday at Tomahawk Field.

It was a long day for Burroughs which collected one hit and fell to Crescenta Valley 10-0 in five innings. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three days earlier, when these two met at Stengel Field, the Falcons, who are ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division II and now own a 22-game winning skein, prevailed 4-0.

The victim was sophomore pitcher Niccolo Chuidian, who faced seven batters and collected one out before being lifted in favor of senior Matthew Rudas.

“I tried to find my rhythm, but I couldn’t,” Chuidian said of his poor outing in which he walked three, hit a batter with one hit allowed. “It happens to everyone. But I’ve got to learn from it. It’s a tough loss.”

Rudas ventured four and two-third innings, surrendering four hits with four walks, one hit batter and five strikeouts.

“This was a case of a great pitcher who wasn’t on,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “I’m not worried about that [letdown]. It was an aberration.”

Sherwood continued: “It happens to good teams and we’re a good team,” he said.

Riley Hooper, shown on the mound in a recent game, had the only hit for the Indians in the fourth inning. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chuidian walked leadoff hitter senior Kewin Ledesma and then hit freshman Will Grimm with an offering.

Senior Scott Vinceri popped up to Chuidian, who then walked junior Trevor Beer, the opposing pitcher.

Senior Nico Arredondo grounded a potential double-play ball to senior shortstop Justin Palafox, who bobbled it for an error.

“Once he hit it and the runner was moving, he blocked my view,” Palafox said of the rare miscue. “We’re going to pick up our heads. Monday we have practice. We have a chance to play Burbank twice this week.”

The Indians are 12-12 and 7-5 in league and will visit the Bulldogs (9-3 in the Pacific League) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will host Burbank on Friday at 6 p.m.

Up stepped senior Max Meyer, who lined a booming double to right center that brought in three runners.

When Chuidian walked senior Jaimy Blank, his work was over. Rudas then allowed an infield hit to senior Charles Weinmann that scored a run.

After senior William Rees singled to left, a bases-loaded walk to Ledesma forced in another run and Beer’s single up the middle plated two runners that capped the nine-run, four-hit frame.

“You can’t see that coming,” Crescenta Valley coach Phil Torres said of the final lopsided score. “They were a double play away from getting out of that.”

The Falcons (24-1 and 12-0 in league), who are a game ahead of second-place Arcadia, added a run in the fourth inning when Beer doubled to center field and scored on Blank’s one-out grounder.

Beer allowed just one hit, a leadoff single to right center in the fourth inning from senior Riley Hooper.

Beer then fanned senior Erik Gonzalez, junior Brandon Giraldo and junior Steven Gonzalez.

“I’m not complaining,” said Beer, who struck out nine and walked three with one hit batter of the first-inning explosion. “I went to the bullpen and kept loose.”

Burbank Softball Falls Behind Early To Crescenta Valley, Loses 8-5

By Rick Assad

 

For all intents and purposes, two innings doomed the Burbank High softball team when it faced Crescente Valley on Thursday afternoon at McCambridge Park.

Getting the early jump, the Falcons scored three runs in the first and second innings and held on for an 8-5 Pacific League triumph.

“After that we settled down,” Burbank coach Mike Delaney said of the first two frames. “They put pressure on you and we didn’t handle that pressure very well.”

Alex Davis had a double in the first inning of an 8-5 loss to Crescenta Valley, but didn’t score. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Eight batters trotted to the plate in the opening stanza against sophomore Alyssa Porras, who went one and two-third innings initially, two and two-third overall, walking five with six hits allowed.

Five of the first six batters were safe including a bases-loaded walk to sophomore Viviana Bocanegra that forced in senior Jessica Yzaguirre (four hits), who led off with an infield single.

Sophomore Ryan Eldred (three singles) later added a two-run smash to right field that brought home sophomore Alyssa Hernandez, who walked and freshman Maddie De Leon (three hits), who drilled a single up the middle.

Crescenta Valley’s cushion was extended to 6-0 in the second inning when nine hitters marched to the dish.

Allie Benson entered as a reliever and held her own over four and one-third innings. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

De Leon’s two-out booming triple to left center scored Yzaguirre, who was safe on an infield single and Hernandez, who walked.

It became 6-0 on a bloop single to right center by Bocanegra off junior Allie Benson, who went four and one-third innings, walking six, with three hit batters, six hits surrendered and one strikeout, that brought in De Leon.

“Our pitchers were not hitting their spots,” Delaney said of his duo that combined to allow 11 walks and 12 hits with three hit batters.

Burbank (11-13 and 7-5 in league) cut the lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the second when junior Bene Snyder (two hits) had an infield single off junior Emily Mulcahey (seven innings while scattering 12 hits, walking two, with four strikeouts and one hit batter) that drove in junior Macie Jensen, who walked.

Melissa Daniel slides into third base during a two-run third inning versus the Falcons. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs chipped away and made it a three-run deficit with a two-run third inning as sophomore Sarah Garelick (two hits) rifled a single to center field that knocked in junior Melissa Daniel, who led off with a walk and junior Anysia Gonzalez, who reached base on an infield single.

“We’re a confident offensive team,” Delaney noted. “We don’t fear too many pitchers. But we had three strikeouts in critical situations.”

Burbank trimmed Crescenta Valley’s lead to 6-4 with a tally in the fourth inning when Daniel’s double to left field plated sophomore Amaya Broyls, who singled to center.

A two-run frame in the sixth by the Falcons (18-7-1 and 10-2 in league) pushed the lead to 8-4 as Eldred led off with a single to right center and later came around on an error while sophomore Peyton Hause’s run-scoring hit to center scored sophomore Kristy Taix, who laid down a sacrifice bunt and went to second base on an error.

The Bulldogs made it a three-run deficit with a run in the seventh when junior Erin Lashkari clubbed a long leadoff triple to left center and crossed the plate on Jensen’s single to right field.

Burbank sophomore Alex Davis doubled, junior Anysia Gonzalez singled twice and freshman Katie Treadway also singled.

Burroughs Boys Volleyball Sweeps Burbank To Remain Perfect

By Rick Assad

 

Despite the Pacific League banner already having been secured, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team still wanted to play with tenacity and determination in Tuesday night’s match with rival Burbank, and it showed after sweeping, 25-18, 25-18, 25-8.

Though the Bulldogs lost both league meetings to the Indians, each team qualified for the upcoming CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Burbank’s Adrian Rivera shown during Tuesday’s three-set loss against Burroughs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

After taking the first two sets, the host Indians trailed 2-1 in the third game, but then scored the next 12 points and led 13-2 when Burbank senior setter Jonathan Tapan’s attempt sailed out of bounds.

“It’s an avalanche,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said of the run. “They had to be praying for a service error.”

In quick order, the Indians (16-13 and 10-0 in league) waltzed ahead 18-3 on a tapper from junior middle blocker Cole Kaitz, who tossed in six kills.

From this point, Burroughs outscored Burbank, which finished in third place, 7-5, including two winners from senior middle blocker Jarrett Malone (seven kills with seven digs and four blocks) and the match-clincher on senior opposite hitter Kurt Miller’s dagger.

Defense is the name of the game for the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“I was really impressed with the third game,” Brinton said. “The guys stayed hungry during every point.”

Brinton went on: “Our goal was to be laser focused for the whole match,” he said. “That’s the best focus we’ve had in a match.”

The first set saw the Indians burst in front 5-1 on junior middle blocker William Singleton’s tip.

Burroughs then moved in front 9-4 when Burbank junior outside hitter Jonathan Ragheb’s shot missed the target.

Slowly but surely, the Indians led 14-9 on a kill from Kaitz, 17-10 on an ace from senior outside hitter Conner Ludlum (nine kills) and 18-10 on Ludlum’s tapper.

The Bulldogs (22-13 and 6-4 in league) were able to get within 21-14 on a service winner from Ragheb, but the Indians were still in control as they moved ahead 23-16 on Ludlum’s smash.

Burbank senior opposite hitter Adrian Rivera played with immense skill, passion and poise, but his effort simply wasn’t enough.

“The first two sets we couldn’t make our serves,” Rivera said. “We all tried really hard and we gave 100 percent on the court.”

The Bulldogs made it close in the first two sets but faltered in the third versus the Indians. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Knowing that he’s one of the leaders, Rivera wanted to show the way.

“It starts with one person,” he said. “I give 130 percent on the court, but everyone gave everything they had.”

Rivera’s winners closed the gap to 6-3, 7-4, 13-9 and 18-11 in the first set and 18-4, 18-5 and 21-8 in the third set.

Burroughs took the opening frame by taking two of the last three points including a kill from Ludlum that made it 24-17 and senior libero Everett Kanoho’s bullet for the clincher.

Early in the second set it was a back-and-forth affair with Burbank taking a 6-4 lead on junior middle blocker Jonathan Valmonte’s kill.

The tide then shifted in favor of the Indians, who forged ahead 15-9 on Malone’s tapper.

The Bulldogs closed to within 18-13 on Ragheb’s smash, but the Indians righted the ship and moved in front 20-14 on a combined block from Singleton and Kaitz.

The Indians then took five of the next nine points including the game-winner on Malone’s service ace.

Burroughs junior outside hitter Diego Rosal finished with six kills and three aces while junior setter Jose Levi Benitez contributed 25 assists.