By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor
Burroughs and Burbank officially concluded their respective baseball seasons with team banquets and the recognition of several of their best players. Each team had a trio of players that were selected All-League; four of whom return for the 2015 season.
After transferring from Las Vegas for his senior year, Cole Meyer proved to be the pitcher that Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood expected him to be. The right-handed sidearm pitcher dominated the Pacific League with several standout performances.
In seven league contests consisting of 41 2/3 innings, Meyer went 3-2 with a .84 era. He struck out 44 batters and walked 14 while allowing only five earned runs.
Against crosstown rival Burbank, Meyer tossed 13 innings giving up zero runs, seven hits and striking out 16 in winning both head-to-head matchups against the Bulldogs. He was the difference between the Indians making the playoffs or the Bulldogs getting the nod.
His superb season efforts earned him first-team all-league honors.
“He’s been our number one guy all year and he did what a number one guy does. He goes out and battles,” Sherwood said.
Meyer finished the season 5-3 overall with a 1.17 era. He was the heart and soul for Burroughs which finished 14-14 and in fourth place (7-7) in the Pacific League.
Junior shortstop Max Haddad received second-team honors for the Indians. Haddad batted .308 while leading the team with 24 hits, 12 RBI’s and 10 runs scored. In league, he hit .326. He also provided reliable leadership at shortstop after moving over from second base halfway through the season.
Roy Hirota earned honorable mention for JBHS after stepping up and becoming a defensive force behind home plate. The junior catcher managed a pitching staff that recorded a 2.85 era for the year. He also batted .355 in league action.
Burbank struggled to an 8-15 record this season, 5-9 in league, but provided a lot of promise for the future behind the multi-talented Cameron Briggs.
The junior shortstop earned first-team all-league honors after hitting .368 in league play. Overall, he hit .292 and led the Bulldogs with 19 hits and 13 runs. Briggs also went 4-2 with two saves and a 3.50 era as a reliever.
Senior second baseman Camden Palmisano made second team after hitting .312 in league. As a pitcher, Palmisano had a 1.59 era overall.
Promising freshman Danny Porras was named honorable mention after hitting a team-best .440 in league (overall hit .317 with nine RBIs).