Missed Chances Costs Burroughs

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

Burroughs coach Kiel Holmes isn’t one for moral victories.

“Honestly, I am really tired of one run losses,” he said late Tuesday, March 27. “Just have to keep fighting and hope that they will flip around at some point.”

The Indians fell to 3-10 overall and lost by a single run for the sixth time this season in their league Pacific League opener against Crescenta Valley, 2-1.

Falcons’ catcher, Cam Silva gapped a two-run, two-out double in the second inning to provide the only offense Crescenta Valley would need. The Falcons managed just one other hit.

After two quick outs, Burroughs pitcher Dillon Disiere walked two batters before Silva drove a fastball at the belt to the gap in right field. The Falcons improved to 2-0 in league, but their two one-run victories have been far from impressive.

“Dillion was great, he just didn’t finish in that inning, made one bad pitch to a very good hitter and that was that,” Holmes said.

The game was a rare 5:00 start time and was so quick it was over before darkness set on Burroughs field. Disiere through just 54 pitches through the first four innings, then after coaches contemplated a pitching change in the fifth as he got set to see the Falcons’ order for the third time, Disiere had a three pitch inning. Daniel Barraza was equally effective in relief.

CV, thought by some to have the top three pitchers in the league on its staff, stymied Burroughs who had few balls leave the infield and who managed just one hit — Zander Anding’s bunt single in the seventh inning when the Tribe rallied and had the tying and winning run in scoring position when the final out was made.

Ryan Gordon had a “swinging bunt” along third base and Ted Boeke’s throw to first nearly pulled the first baseman off the bag.

“As crazy as it sounds, Ryan almost beat the throw at first and the guy almost got pulled off the bag, Zander was not stopping from second… we were literally a couple inches from winning that game,” Holmes said.

Burroughs is missing its top hitter, Christian Garia, who is sidelined again with a bad wrist. One more bat could have made the difference Tuesday against a deep staff of CV’s. The Falcons survived an off night by starter Troy Mulcahey who walked four and hit a batter in his 4 2/3 innings of work.

The Indians left eight men on base.