BURROUGHS BASEBALL MAKES STRIDES

By On March 23, 2012

The Burroughs baseball team was one of the few teams busy over the Burbank

Burroughs went 2-2 at the annual Coach Bob Invitational in Arizona the week of March 19.

Unified School District’s spring break, which fell far early than most districts and limited teams’ options for tournaments and non-league games.

Burroughs returned to the state of Arizona for four games in the “Coach Bob Invitational,” winning two of four games and dropping its fourth and fifth one-run losses of the season in a span of three days.

“Both one run losses were due to one bad half-inning of play, and in both of those games we had the tying and winning run on base when the game ended” head coach Kiel Holmes said. “It was a positive trip because the team executed the offensive plan and guys began to really started playing team baseball.”

After its 1-7 start, Burroughs is now 3-9 heading into Pacific League play on March 27 against Crescenta Valley — consider by most as the favorites to win the league.

Still, considering Holmes took over the program late November, the Indians have come a long way in a span of only a few months.

The Indians took care of business in their opener, beating Goldwater (Az)10-0 in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run

mercy rule. Chris Peale and Ryan Gordon each homered for Burroughs as Dillion Disiere, Nate Borgard and Luis Pereya combined on a one-hitter.

In a 5-4 loss to Rodgers (Az) later that evening Chris Davies was 2-for-5 with a triple while Peale was 2-for-4. Miles Haddad had two RBI in a losing effort.

Burroughs beat Quartz Hill (Ca) the next day, 7-3. Brian Pozos put the Indians ahead with a two-on, two-out double and Zander Anding, Dylan Goldsack, Haddad and Peale all had RBIs. Anding made his first start of the season after coming out late from football season and also reached base twice by being hit-by-pitch.

In their finale against Boulder Creek (Az) the Indians fell, 4-3. Peale had his third homerun of the tournament — all solo shots — and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Haddad was named to the Gold Glove Tournament team, turning in several highlight reel plays.  He also hit .300 in the tournament and had four RBIs.

Daniel Barraza threw 7.1 innings, struck out 11 and gave-up only four earned runs, while Borgard threw four scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out five. He also recorded a save in the game against Quartz Hill.