By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor
It’s time to party like it’s 1997! The drought is over!!
In a remarkable season thus far, the Burroughs Indians made history Tuesday afternoon claiming the program’s first league title in 18 years as well as winning their first-ever Pacific League title.
Burroughs has won league titles in baseball in 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1997 and 2015. Head Coach Craig Sherwood was an assistant under Jose Valle back in 1997. Now 18 years later, he leads his alma mater back to the top in just his second year on the job.
Danny Bustos fired a complete game four-hit shutout, the team’s ninth skunking this year, Ryan Galan (3 for 4 with a double and two runs scored) and Max DeAmicis (two RBIs) ignited the offense, and Burroughs blanked Arcadia 4-0 to celebrate as league champions with a well-deserved dogpile on the mound.
“It hasn’t happened in 18 years so it feels good to bring it back to Burroughs. It was probably the first championship that I ever won in baseball so it means a lot to me personally. It felt good to get it,” Galan said. “I thought we had a chance to do this last year and obviously it didn’t work out but with the people we have it was nothing but destiny right here.”
“It meant everything. We’ve been building for this for four years now,” DeAmicis added. “Dreaming on this for four years and working on it for four years.”
DeAmicis’ single plated Galan and Max Haddad to give the Indians a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
“It was huge to get out in front in that game,” said DeAmicis. “We settled in and got some breathing room and we just played our game.”
Galan scored his second run of the game an inning later as Burroughs increased its lead to 4-0. With Bustos mowing down Arcadia batters one-by-one, the game was pretty much over at that point.
A three-hit afternoon on the day his team clinched the outright league title was pretty special for Galan.
“I was sticking with my approach and sitting back on the ball and going right side,” Galan said. “Pitcher kept throwing fast balls outside and I knew what I had to do to get on base.
“Everyone on this team contributes. It just feels special to play with these 23 guys. They all put in hard work and that’s what we are all about.”
The Indians improved to 23-4 overall (thought to be a school-record for wins in a season) and a RED-hot 13-1 in league as they won their 13th straight game and 19 of their last 20.
Burroughs has now established itself as a favorite to win CIF Division 2 behind the area’s best pitching duo in Bustos and Thomas Wilson. Expect the Indians to earn a top-six seed for the upcoming playoffs beginning next week and hopefully make a run for the sport’s top prize.
“I think we can,” DeAmicis said of a possible CIF title. “We have the pitching for it, we are deep in the bullpen, we have clutch hitters and we are deep one through nine in the lineup. We play 23 as one and we are a strong team.”
Photo gallery by Mitch Haddad-