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Burbank Baseball Fights Off Burroughs

One could say that this was the cherry to the ice cream sundae.

Having already had its greatest victory of the season come in the form of the return of coach Bob Hart following a heart attack, the Burbank High baseball team finished its regular season with a 6-3 win over visiting Burroughs Friday night.

“To see them stick together and persevere and have a moment like this, it doesn’t make up for every loss we had but it certainly (helps),” Hart said. “We want to win and you try to win but at the same time, you try to build character. I don’t feel like I’ve fallen short in that area. I can always get better as a coach. I strive to get better, I stay humble. But in terms of the character development that we showed and the camaraderie, I’ll take that to my grave and be very happy. “

Burbank (8-13 overall, 6-8 in the league) got things started on a solo home run by Davis Mieliwocki in the first inning.

They added a pair of runs in the third inning as Mieliwocki, Matthew Shaugabay, Abiezer Delgado and Ryan King each had a single.

Burroughs (13-15, 7-7) knew before the game that it had clinched fourth place in the league and a CIF playoff berth.

“The bottom line is you have to get in. I made sure all 10 seniors played tonight and they hung in there,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “The playoffs are special. Once you are in and experience it and every pitch is important, that’s why you play and that’s why you coach.”

The Indians didn’t score until the fourth inning when a line drive by Revin Diego hit Burbank starter Andrew De La Torre on his throwing arm. He left the game and didn’t return.

Devin Esquivel scored later in the inning on a bases-loaded walk.

Burbank scored three times in the bottom half of the inning, paced by a two-run double from Shaugabay that scored Max Meltzer and Matthew Moreno.

Burroughs rallied with two runs of its own in the fifth inning.

Burbank was able to eventually get things under control as freshman Ryan King pitched a pair of scoreless innings to end the contest.

“You want them to create memories for themselves. It’s meaningful. It has been tough. My own personal adversity has been tough. I found a lot of strength and courage from them,” Hart said. “Coaching is about giving but it also about what you get back. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. I’d love to go undefeated, I’d love to make the playoffs. That’s part of the goal, but it is also about creating that bond and we definitely have that. “

Back in a Hartbeat

The high school baseball season is still young and yet the Burbank High has already had its biggest victory of the season and it is worth far more than any Pacific League or CIF Southern Section championship.

That victory came as a result of the work of local paramedics and doctors at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.  They are credited with helping save the life of coach Bob Hart, who is now in his 13th year with the program.

Coach Bob Hart (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Hart suffered a massive heart attack on January 30 while the team was having practice.

Although it set him back temporarily, Hart has not missed a single inning this season.

“It happened on the field, but it really took place in my office. I went and sat down in my chair in my office and I could feel something was just not right,” Hart recalled. “I didn’t hesitate much and called my (assistant) coaches over and had them put the boys in the locker room. I didn’t want to subject them to the site of the whole thing. I called 911 and the paramedics showed up very quickly.”

Hart said when he first started feeling uncomfortable he tried to do what he could to minimize the pain.

“I initially was sweating quite a bit and I felt like I had heartburn times a million. I laid down to try to stretch it out so to speak and I could tell that wasn’t going to be the case,” Hart said. “Normally my instincts are I grew up in an era where you sucked it up and toughed it out, but I kind of had an instinct that something wasn’t right.

Coach Bob Hart (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

I suffered a major heart attack, a massive heart attack. (There was) 100 blockage. They call it the widowmaker,” Hart said. “I’m fortunate that I got on it quickly. The paramedics did an amazing job and the doctors did an amazing job. I spent a few days in the hospital and then I was fortunate enough to come home and I was back to work within three weeks.”

The 58-year-old coach who graduated from Burroughs High in 1978, said the incident has changed his life in so many ways.

“To be honest, I haven’t felt this good in 20-25 years physically and mentally, clarity wise. The support I have received from parents and my friends is the off the chart, heartwarming and amazing,” Hart said. “In a strange way, it has been a blessing of sorts, a second chance at life and a reset for me personally.”

Burbank High Co-Athletic Director Patrick McMenamin is one of the many people who have supported Hart in his return.

“We are very glad to have Coach Hart back on our baseball field,” McMenamin said. “Coach Hart has been the face of Burbank High baseball for more than a decade now.  Our program is in very good hands under his leadership and guidance.  Above all, he does an excellent job of teaching our student-athletes how to become responsible young men of character and integrity.”

Hart said he is now focused on doing what he didn’t take as seriously before.

“I’ve always taken care of other people and never really focused on my own health. This is giving me an opportunity to be that way and I’m taking advantage of it,” Hart said. “I changed my diet completely. I do quite a bit more walking than I was doing before.  I’m blessed to be here.”

When it came to deciding when to come back to work, Hart said the doctors left it up to him.

“Everyone is different.  They said whatever I can handle,” he said. “They encourage you to get up and start moving. They were all for me getting back to work when I was ready to go. I’m back on the field and feeling great.”

Coach Bob Hart thanks the firefighters & paramedics that treated him. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Hart said he recently had a chance to go see the paramedics who helped save his life.

“That was amazing. Those guys are everyday heroes. I wanted to make sure they understood how grateful I was and how lucky the community is to have them,” Hart said.

Hart added that he has received an outpouring of support from the Burbank High community.

“My players have been unbelievable,” Hart said. “My wife was out of town for a couple of weeks and the parents did a meal train for me. They were bringing me healthy food. I have completely changed my diet and I have probably dropped 15 to 20 (pounds) already.”

Although the Burbank High baseball team is looking forward to winning as many games as possible, it has already gone undefeated thanks to the return of coach Bob Hart.

Burroughs Baseball Goes Extra Innings to Beat Burbank

The Burroughs High baseball team found itself in a good-sized hole against visiting Burbank High Friday.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

But the Indians battled back to send the game into extra innings and ultimately won 6-5 when Andrew Jacob Barrera slid head first into first base to beat out a double play opportunity that scored Ricky Perez for the winning run.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I’m extremely proud of my seniors, the way they stepped up tonight,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said of the nine-inning game. “The entire team played to the caliber they are capable of playing to. I think we beat a very good team tonight in Burbank and I’m very proud of all my guys.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs (13-13, 8-6 in league) finishes the regular season in fourth place in the Pacific League standings, while Burbank (14-9, 10-4) finished third after Arcadia upset previously unbeaten Crescenta Valley to take second.

Burbank was clearly the better team the first half of the game. The Bulldogs scored twice in the second inning, paced by a run-scoring single from Max Meltzer. Burbank added two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead thanks to Burroughs as one run scored via a bases loaded walk and another from a hit batter with the bases loaded.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank starting pitcher Henry Leake allowed just one runner to reach base in the first three innings.  But Burroughs was hoping he would get tired. He left after the sixth inning, having thrown 105 pitches.

In the fourth inning, Burroughs took advantage of a Burbank error. Nathan Palafox singled home Justin Palafox and Angel Estrada had a two-run single to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 4-3.

Burbank increased its lead to 5-3 in the fifth inning when Javier Reyes singled home Matthew Shaugabay.

Burroughs tied things up in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of Burbank errors that scored Justin Palafox and Barrera.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Burbank coach Bob Hart assessed his team.

“We didn’t come up with some timely hits early in that game,” Hart said. “We left far too many runners on base. When you do that you leave the door open. When you leave the door open they are capable of coming back and they did a good job.”

Both teams are expected to play in the postseason and will find out their fate Monday when the CIF Southern Section releases the baseball playoff pairings.

Burbank Baseball Hangs Tough, Falls to CV

The Burbank High baseball team looked ripe for an upset Friday night at Stengel Field in Glendale when the Bulldogs took on host Crescenta Valley.

 

Burbank had played even with the Falcons through five innings and had a golden chance to go ahead in sixth, but failed to do so.

That missed opportunity turned out to be a difference maker as CV responded with a huge inning that led to a 9-1 win.

“We’re not used to playing three games in a week,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of his team, which had an extra game this week because of a game that was rained out last week.

Hart, whose team is 4-10 overall and 2-4 in league praised left-handed pitcher Garret Dolan, who kept the team in the game until the bottom of the sixth.

“He’s definitely going to play somewhere in college,” Hart said.

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Matthew Shaugabay and Jonathan Castaneda led off the top of the sixth inning having both been hit by CV pitcher Trevor Beer.

Beer was then replaced by Scott Vinceri.

Vinceri then walked Andy Reyes to load the bases.  But Reyes was picked off first base.

 

Henry Leake then hit a grounder to second base and with the infield playing in, CV was able to get pinch runner Jake Kelley at the plate.

Vinceri struck out Danny Porras to end the threat.

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CV (14-5, 6-0 in league) scored eight times in the bottom of the sixth inning as Burbank had three pitchers in the inning.

Burbank had two hits in the game. The first was a double by Everett Fair to open the second inning.

The other was a triple to center field in the fourth inning by Reyes, who scored Burbank’s lone run on a groundout by Leake.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when they host Hoover High in a Pacific League contest at 3:30 p.m.

 

Bulldogs Earn First Baseball Win

The Burbank High baseball team might have been the best winless baseball team in the CIF Southern Section going into Saturday’s nonleague match against visiting Brentwood School.

Danny Porras hits a long single off the right field fence at Burbank High.

Danny Porras hits a long single off the right field fence at Burbank High.

The Bulldogs lost their first six games of the season playing against elite competition. Burbank lost to Camarillo, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and West Ranch, programs that regularly send elite players to top colleges and the professional ranks.

This outcome was different than the past as the Bulldogs took advantage of Brentwood from the beginning and earned a 14-5 win.

Junior Danny Porras reached base on all four plate appearances, going 3 for 4 with five runs batted in.

“It’s good to win a game. I think it is a morale booster,” Porras said. “With this win we should start to get on a role and hopefully we do this in league and win some games.”

Burbank scored four runs in the first inning, two more in the second, four more in the third and fifth innings.

“I felt like we were in command the whole time. They (Brentwood) put up a good fight early on. We took control of the game,” Burbank Coach Bob Hart said. “We were able to play a lot of guys, which is always good as a coach.”

Garrett Dolan pitching for Burbank High.

Garrett Dolan pitching for Burbank High.

Matt Lungaro, Tim Hibbard, Garrett Dolan and Nick Alphonso each contributed to the victory from the mound.

With Spring Break coming up this week, the Bulldogs have no scheduled games. They were scheduled to play another top program in Manhattan Beach Mira Costa next Saturday, but that game has been cancelled.

This leaves the Bulldogs some time to get ready for the start of Pacific League play the following week, when they open against Arcadia High.

“They are always solidly coached like most of the teams in our league,” Hart said of the Apaches.

 

Burbank Baseball Preview: In Defense of a Title

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

To the victor go the spoils.

Last spring after Burbank High School won its first league championship since 1991, the Bulldogs were showered with praise and congratulatory wishes. And rightfully so. Finally, after many long years, they were kings of the diamond.

Burbank players rush the field after winning its first league title since 1991 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank players rush the field after winning its first league title since 1991 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

There is truly nothing like being crowned a champion. Whether it is a league title, a CIF title or a State title, the word “champion” will forever be linked to the Burbank Bulldogs in 2013.

Yet, at the same time, comes the toughest task of all: defending the title. While a new season brings fresh faces to the field and plenty of unanswered questions for a coach, the expectations and pressure to defend its title will hover over Burbank.

It comes with the territory but is being welcomed with open arms by Burbank coach Bob Hart and his players.

“Early on I’ve kind of put that bug in their ear that I want them to understand that they have a chance to continue to carry the torch rather than starting over,” Hart said. “I don’t look at it as a rebuild but as more of a retool. The expectation is now to defend what you have. That’s our approach.”

Rory Roughtean

Rory Roughtean

On April 1, for the first time in 22 years, Burbank will take the field as defending league champions against Arcadia to begin the quest of defending its Pacific League title. Rather than being the hunter, Burbank becomes the hunted.

“It’s a big deal especially being a part of the team last year. For me, it’s big to try and defend it,” catcher Sam McKinnon said. “We are young but I’ve made it clear how important it is to us. Hopefully we can rise up to the occasion.”

In order to prepare for the challenge, Hart entered his team into two tough tournaments. Playing in the Easton Tournament followed by the Babe Herman Tournament will pit the Bulldogs against some great competition.

“We feel that’s how you get them ready. You test yourself against the better teams and learn what you are all really about rather than a false sense of bravado going into league,” said Hart, who enters his 10th year as coach at BHS. “It’s how you get better. Or you can thump your chest and beat all the little guys.

“We want to play against the big guys and get them ready. It might be humbling at times for us but if you can weather that storm I think when you come out the other side it could go really well for you.”

Second baseman Camden Palmisano is one of three seniors on the roster ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Second baseman Camden Palmisano is one of three seniors on the roster (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank graduated 15 seniors from its championship roster of a year ago. Returning are three players who will be expected to provide the necessary leadership to a very young team. McKinnon and fellow seniors Camden Palmisano, a second baseman, and outfielder Alex Tarandek are the “meat and potatoes” of the team according to Hart.

McKinnon takes over behind the plate and will help develop the pitching staff.

“I’ve always been close to the pitchers but now giving them a few pointers here and there has really helped them but they’ve also helped me kind of grow,” he said. “It’s a mutual relationship and I’m looking forward to seeing them grow during the season.”

Despite the lack of experience on the team, the Bulldogs do have a plethora of young talent that helped the Burbank junior varsity team also win a league title last spring. Many of these players are versatile and can play multiple positions.

“We are looking to get better every time out. Varsity and JV is day and night,” said Hart. “It’s been an adjustment for them and more recently they’ve made that adjustment. They are starting to warm-up to the concept of competition at the varsity level.

“We try to not let them get locked into ‘a’ position but fortunately they are talented enough to play two or three positions. Our depth is probably a little bit better than some years that I have been here.”

First baseman and pitcher Ryan Porras is one of a handful of young talented players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

First baseman and pitcher Ryan Porras is one of a handful of young talented players (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Talented newcomers include pitcher Randy Higgens, shortstop Cameron Briggs and pitcher Ryan Porras (all juniors) along with three talented freshmen in Andy Reyes, Branden Phillips and Danny Porras. Juniors Alex Minnick, Chandler Robbins and Rory Roughtean also will contribute in the Bulldogs lineup.

“It’s a lot of fun being out here with this new team. This is a young and exciting team,” said Palmisano. “We all gel well together and we are excited getting the season underway. We’ve come a long ways and we have a ways to go. We are definitely getting there.”

Winning back-to-back titles won’t be easy for Burbank. Crescenta Valley, Arcadia and Burroughs will field top-notch teams and a fierce battle will ensue in the Pacific League.

Champions embrace the challenge. These Bulldogs already have.

“Being a senior it’s going to be great to defend our league title. That is what we are all about here,” Tarandek said. “We have a really young team but we are all enthusiastic about it.”

 

 

 

Burbank Baseball Player to Appear on “Minute to Win It”

2011-12Burbank senior Camden Palmisano and his father, Dave, will appear on the game show “Minute to Win It” Tuesday night on the Game Show Network. Check your local listings for time and channel.

A special guest appearance by the Burbank baseball team is expected to run as well. Former Olympic speed skating star Apolo Ohno hosts the show.

mtwi-logoCamden and Dave are die-hard Cubs fans and we wish them the best of being crowned “winners.”

Did the Palmisanos win on the show? Only they know. Find out for yourself by tuning in to the show.

Burbank High’s McKinnon Brothers Representing USA at Maccabi Games in Israel

Ian and Sam McKinnon (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Note: this article was published back on October 10, 2012. It has since been updated. Ian and Sam McKinnon are presently in Israel representing the USA at the Maccabiah Games that started this past Wednesday. 

Ian and Sam McKinnon are brothers in arms determined to succeed in life and all the challenges that lie ahead. The two scholar-athletes take pride daily in donning their Burbank baseball gear and playing the game with passion and purpose. The McKinnon brothers have set aside the Bulldog blue and white for an opportunity to wear the red, white and blue of America.

Ian McKinnon, OF/P for Burbank High (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Taking advantage of a one-day tryout on August 5, 2012, at Hartunian Field in Encino, the McKinnon brothers experienced the ultimate walk-off moment of their lives. Together they were selected to represent the United States junior baseball team at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel from July 17-30, 2013.

With tryouts being held across the country in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the McKinnon brothers were two of 16 players chosen. It was an honor that left them excited yet humbled.

“It’s not every day you get this opportunity to play for your country. This is probably one of the most important things that have happened in my life,” said Ian, who recently graduated from Burbank. “When I learned of the opportunity it was pretty special. I never thought about the possibility of representing my country. All I’ve done is played high school baseball and now it’s on a much bigger level against different countries and kids from all around the world. I think that is the most special part.”

“It’s pretty special because so many people say how much they love their country but they never get to go somewhere and show what our country is made of,” added Sam, a senior catcher for the Bulldogs. “Now we get the chance to go and say, ‘I love America and we are proving what America is made of.’”

Sam McKinnon, C for the Bulldogs (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

Born and raised in Burbank, the McKinnon brothers characterize integrity, class and a work ethic that is second to none. They excel in the classroom with Ian, 17, graduating with a 4.5 grade point average and Sam, 16, a 4.2 GPA. Then it’s off to practice to play the sport they love at a maximum effort.

“They are self-propelling. They have a way of enjoying the moment and enjoying the process,” Burbank Coach Bob Hart said. “You have to be out there every day when no one is watching and no one is clapping. That’s what separates them. They go above and beyond what is required. That’s why they excel. They have expectations and they strive for them.”

They are a part of ISRAEL CONNECT which is a program that allows them the chance to visit and tour Israel. For a week prior to the baseball tournament, they learned more about the Judaism faith, heritage and tradition.

The Maccabiah Games are a celebration of Jewish unity, culture and heritage through world athletic competition. Countries such as Israel, Canada, England, Mexico and Australia will compete against the United States in baseball.

Ian working on his bunting skills (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“It’s a big tradition in Israel. It’s been going on for a long time,” Ian said. “It’s a big honor for everyone else around the world too.”

The Maccabiah Games are officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Since 1953, the Games have been held every four years in Israel in the year following the Olympics. In 2013, more than 7,000 world-class athletes from more than 50 countries are expected to participate in 31 sports.

“I like it because it’s the same year as the Olympics and it’s a branch off of what the Olympics are,” Sam said. “I love watching the Olympics on TV. This is a thrill because this is kind of like my Olympics that I get to go to.”

As the proud sons of Brian and Andrea McKinnon and older brothers of Jack, 10, the McKinnons have earned the right and privilege to experience an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After all, good things happen to good people.

“I’m proud of them. They play hard and they leave it all out on the field,” Hart said. “But even more so that they are representing our country.”

Two brothers, one journey.

Sam behind the plate (Photo by Craig Sherwood)

“I’m proud of him. Honestly, I don’t know what we would have done if one of us made it and the other hadn’t,” Ian said of Sam. “This is the best of both worlds that we made the team and we are both going together.”

“To be together is a comfort thing for both of us,” Sam explained. “Only 16 kids every four years get to go to Israel to represent your country. This is something that I will be telling my kids about one day. That I was one of those 16 kids who represented the USA.”

 

 

 

 

 

Burroughs Dispatches Glendale, 5-0, to Maintain Its Hold on First Place

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Coming off a significant win at Crescenta Valley on Tuesday night, Burroughs had two opponents to battle Friday afternoon at Tomahawk Field. First, the Indians had Glendale on the schedule. Second, they had to avoid a letdown after defeating a talented opponent in CV and then playing against the inferior abilities of the Nitros.

Luis Pereyra of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Luis Pereyra of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Behind the superb pitching of Luis Pereyra, Burroughs methodically defeated a poor Glendale team, 5-0, to maintain its hold of first place in the Pacific League. The Indians took out two birds with one stone.

“At the beginning of every game we are 0-0. And when the game is over we want to be 1-0,” Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes explained. “We did what we needed to do. We put our runs up there. We had strong defense and our pitching was phenomenal today.”

To be a champion, all aspects of the game of baseball need to be executed and done well. Holmes expects his team to be focused and prepped at all times. He was satisfied with the win though not convincingly.

“I thought we could have played better. We took our foot off the gas a little bit,” Holmes said. “If we want to be the type of team that we expect to be, then stuff like that can’t happen.”

Pereyra was strong all game limiting the Nitros to only two hits in five innings of work while striking out nine and walking none.

“I had all my stuff working. I was hitting my spots and good things happen when you hit your spots,” Pereyra said.

Brian Pozos connects on a double (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Brian Pozos connects on a double (Photo by Dick Dornan)

The Indians quickly scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chris Davies led off with a double and Cameron Rodriguez walked three batters later. Senior captain Brian Pozos then connected on a two-run triple to deep center that gave Pereyra all the runs he would need.

Leading 3-0 in the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Indians struck again. Singles by Akira Abderrahman and Jimmy Cramer and a double down the first base line from Aiden Anding cleared the bases giving JBHS a commanding 5-0 advantage.

Anding finished with three RBI’s on the afternoon while Pozos went 2 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBI’s. Davies had two hits as well for Burroughs which improved to 11-7, 5-0 in league.

Glendale’s only threat against Pereyra came in the top of the fifth when Ethan Howard led off with a single to left field. Pereyra then issued a balk and threw a wild pitch advancing Howard to third base with no outs. Pereyra regrouped and proceeded to strike out the side.

“He’s been there for us all season,” Holmes said. “Our priority as a staff is to come out and throw strikes. He did a pretty good job of that.”

Brandon Ortega came in relief of Pereyra and threw two solid innings allowing no hits and striking out two batters.

Burroughs next plays at Hoover on Tuesday before the big showdown against second place Burbank at BHS on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 fifth-inning deficit Friday night against Arcadia winning 4-2 on the road to maintain its position in a tight Pacific League race.

“We can’t get caught up in the moment. Obviously we know them very well and we just got to take it as another game,” Pereyra said of the Burbank game. “We just have to do what we have been doing. That’s how we’ve been winning all of our games.”

“We need to stay humble and not let our record get to our heads. You never get complacent with where we are but just keep improving every single day,” Pozos added. “Games like this we can’t fall back on our heels. We need to keep moving forward and keep on fighting.”

 

Burbank Pitcher Throws Perfect Game in 10-0 Victory

Angel Villagran delivers a pitch during his perfect game performance against Hoover (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

Angel Villagran delivers a pitch during his perfect game performance against Hoover (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

 

By Dick Dornan
BurbankNBeyond Sports Editor

Ian McKinnon had a solo home run during the Bulldogs 10-0 victory over Hoover (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

Ian McKinnon had a solo home run during the Bulldogs 10-0 victory over Hoover (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

Burbank High’s Angel Villagran threw a perfect game in a 10-0 victory against Hoover yesterday at BHS. Villagran was in the zone from start to finish as he struck out seven batters in five innings while throwing 42 strikes and only 17 balls. He connected on 10 first-pitch strikes. Villagran induced seven groundouts and one flyout.

The Bulldogs exploded for seven runs in the third inning to take a commanding 8-0 lead versus the powerless Tornadoes. Ian McKinnon hit a solo home run while Ricky Perez, Chris Okimoto and Harrison Hernandez each had two hits on the afternoon.

Burbank improved to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in Pacific League play.

The Bulldogs now travel to Tuscon, Ariz., for the “Lancer Classic” hosted by Sal Pointe High School. The first game of pool play is scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. against Cienega. Tuesday will feature a matchup against Ironwood Ridge at 1 p.m. and Wednesday versus Catalina at 4 p.m. All three schools hail from Arizona. BHS will also have games on Thursday and Friday as part of their Spring Break baseball extravaganza.

John White makes the play on a slow roller to third (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

John White makes the play on a slow roller to third (Photo Courtesy burbankhighbaseball.com)

BurbanknBeyond.com sports will be there to cover the action with “Notes from Arizona.”