(The following information was provided by parents of the Burbank All-Stars)
The wins keep on coming.
For Manager Sergio Ortega, Coach Lewis Oberlander, Coach Gary Valenzuela, Coach Michael Hooper and the 12 &13 year-old Little League All-Stars from Burbank, this is an exciting time.
After Burbank edged Crescenta Valley, 3-2, to win the District 16 Little League’s “Intermediate 50/70 Baseball Division” championship two weeks ago, it was on to Canyon Country for the Section 2 tournament.
With their backs against the wall having lost their opening game on June 29 in the Baseball All-Stars Intermediate 50/70 Section 2 tournament, Burbank came up big on June 30 with a doubleheader sweep to advance to the next round which will be held in the City of Orange this weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, Burbank was limited to three hits in a 5-2 loss to Canyon Country creating a must-win situation on Sunday in the best-of-three series. A doubleheader sweep was needed to advance.
The two teams met up again last Sunday in Canyon Country with both squads throwing their left-handed aces – Burbank’s Austin Oberlander and Canyon Country’s Dean Morgan. The two were locked in a scoreless game until the bottom half of the fourth inning when Oberlander hit a run scoring single between the shortstop and third baseman.
Burbank added two runs in the fifth inning before Morgan, who was extremely effective on the hill and kept his team close, was removed having tossed nearly 90 pitches. Burbank’s offense came to life after that, breaking the game open en route to a 9-0 final.
Oberlander was dominant, pitching a complete game shutout. The win led to the deciding game where Burbank’s offensive production at the plate continued.
The team scored 16 runs in the deciding game, which was plenty of support for Anton Prather on the mound for Burbank. Prather, using an effective mix of pitches including a sharp breaking ball, kept Canyon Country’s hitters off-balance and went the distance in a 16-6 final that was called after the 10-run Little League mercy rule.
Canyon Country’s Dean Morgan blasted a three run homer over the right center field fence.