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Burbank, Burroughs Baseball Both Set Sights High

By Rick Assad

 

It happens every spring, but there is still nothing sweeter than the sound of a baseball bat hitting a ball.

For Burbank High and Burroughs, the nonleague season is nearly over as the Bulldogs went 2-5 after games in the Easton Tournament, Quartz Hill tourney and Babe Herman Tournament, while the Indians are 6-6 after playing in the same tourneys.

The Pacific League is set to begin next week when the Bulldogs visit Arcadia on March 27 and the Indians host Glendale on the same day.

Burbank’s infield huddles after Coach Bob Hart makes a pitching change in a recent nonleague game against Chatsworth. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank welcomes longtime city rival Burroughs on May 8 and visits the Indians on May 11.

The Bulldogs, who went 15-10 and 10-4 in league for third place, advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs in 2017.

Burbank is talented and deep, but not overly experienced.

That’s just one reason for the substandard nonleague record and that the team played very good teams.

But Burbank Coach Bob Hart believes this will make his squad that much better when the league portion of the schedule commences.

“We want to play as many good teams as we can, even if we’re not going to win many games because it’s going to help us when the Pacific League comes around,” he said. “I could schedule teams I know we can beat, but in the long run that’s not really going to help us.”

Burbank’s infield includes senior first baseman Abiezer Delgado, while sophomore Jacob Duarte will also see time at first base.

Senior first baseman Nathan Palafox takes the throw in a nonleague match versus Northview. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Junior Matthew Porras, junior Kenny Won and sophomore Daniel Ruiz will spend time at second base.

Senior Max Meltzer will play shortstop, junior Davis Mieliwocki will patrol third base and senior Matt Shaugabay will be the catcher.

The Bulldogs’ outfield will have senior Matt Moreno in left field and center field, sophomore Oakley Spens will toil in center field while junior Andrew De La Torre will play right field, as will Duarte.

Senior Austin Ortega, along with juniors Trent Anderson, Cody Winters, Vincent Romano and Geovork Leklyan will also spend time in the outfield.

The pitching staff is filled with reliable arms and they include Porras, Ruiz, junior Joey Clark, De La Torre, Mieliwocki and Shaugabay, who will be the closer.

The Indians are coming off a season in which they went 14-13 and 8-6 in the league, but lost 2-1 in the opening round of the CIF playoffs to Santa Barbara.

Senior catcher Matt Shaugabay is a key cog offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Although young in the middle infield and more juniors than seniors on the team, I feel we can be competitive with anyone in the league,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said.

The pitching staff is deep and will be led by junior Nicco Chuidian, who had some stellar moments in 2017.

Seniors Steven Gonzalez, Brandon Ortega and Joe Metcalf will add needed depth for Sherwood, who stresses defense and pitching as major priorities.

Junior submarine artist Xavier Dubon hopes to be a starting pitcher while juniors Andres Salazar and Brandon Aguilar will battle it out for the closer’s role.

The infield is solid and somewhat young and includes senior and captain Nathan Palafox at first base.

Burroughs senior Brandon Ortega, seen in a recent game against Northview, is one of many pitchers Coach Craig Sherwood has at his disposal. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Junior Collin Johnson will be the designated hitter and the backup first baseman.

Sophomore Brian Garcia will play shortstop and sophomore Devin Esquivel will see action at second base.

Seniors Brandon Giraldo and Gonzalez will play third base and junior Julian Jaramillo will also see time at the position.

According to Sherwood, whoever hits the most effective, will see the majority of the time at the position.

Behind the plate will be senior Matthew Diaz and Jaramillo, and once again, whoever hits with the authority, will spend most of the time behind the plate.

Senior Revin Diego, who played extremely well during the winter according to Sherwood, will play left field.

Chuidian and junior Michael Le will battle for time in center field, senior Andrew Jacob Barrera will patrol left field, while junior Dylan Rolando and Salazar will also see action in left field.

 

Burbank Baseball Drops 7-1 Decision To Chatsworth

By Rick Assad

 

Playing a rugged schedule is something Bob Hart, the Burbank High baseball coach wants in preparation for the upcoming Pacific League, which begins next week.

On Tuesday at home in a Babe Herman Tournament matchup, the Bulldogs lost a 7-1 decision to Chatsworth, one day after losing to Birmingham 18-0 on the road.

“You’re constantly trying to evaluate and assess,” Hart said of the early portion of the nonleague season. “We put our guys against the best teams for a reason. We’re hoping to get them ready for league. Test them out a little bit. But right now we’re banged up.”

Andrew De La Torre is shown warming up after relieving Daniel Ruiz in the third inning of a 7-1 loss to Chatsworth. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (2-5) trailed throughout the seven-inning affair and scored its only run in the fifth inning when freshman Ryan King slapped a two-out single to center field that plated senior Matt Moreno, who singled up the middle.

Junior pitcher Daniel Ruiz struggled with his control as the Chancellors scored two runs in the first and second innings and added a solo tally in the third for a 5-0 lead.

“I was proud of the resiliency and that they didn’t throw in the towel,” Hart said of the early deficit the Bulldogs faced.

Chatsworth (7-3) took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Andy Ambriz walked with the bases loaded which scored senior Miguel Marin, who was hit by a pitch, and when junior Austin Carrillo bounced into a double play, the advantage became 2-0.

Marin’s two-out hit to right field scored senior Ryan Barry, who doubled to right center and senior Alex Milone’s double to center field gave the Chancellors a 4-0 edge.

It’s a close play at third base during Burbank’s 7-1 defeat by visiting Chatsworth on Tuesday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chatsworth made it 5-0 without the benefit of a base hit as Ruiz nicked the first two batters, Ambriz and Carrillo, with Ambriz scoring when senior Steve Diaz reached on an error.

Ruiz toured two and one-third innings while allowing four hits with two walks and two strikeouts and three hit batters.

Junior Andrew De La Torre went four and two-third frames, fanning three with two walks and four hits allowed.

Chatsworth’s lead swelled to 6-0 with a run in the fifth inning when Barry’s two-out single to left brought in Carrillo, who drew a one-out walk.

Burbank Coach Bob Hart is preparing his team for the upcoming Pacific League season by playing strong teams. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Chancellors tacked on a run in the seventh inning when Diaz laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored pinch runner junior Hector Carreon, who entered the game after junior Stevan Gomez walked with one out.

Senior Nick Jimenez went seven strong innings, allowing seven hits with four strikeouts for the Chancellors.

Jimenez retired the Bulldogs in order in the first inning before yielding a leadoff single to left field by senior Abiezer Delgado. Ruiz then hit into a double play and Moreno fanned.

Burbank collected two hits in the third inning as sophomore Oakley Spens reached on an infield single and King singled to right center, but junior Matthew Porras bounced into an inning-ending double play.

The Bulldogs went down 1-2-3 in the fourth, but senior Matt Shaugabay singled with one out in the sixth inning, however, Delgado popped up and Ruiz flied out.

Jimenez added yet another perfect frame in the seventh inning and the match concluded when Spens lined out to center field.