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Burroughs Bats Go Silent Again in Loss to St. Francis

Generally speaking, quality pitching is the key to success in baseball.
That hasn’t been the problem for the Burroughs High baseball team early on this season.
But the hitting has been a completely different story.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Indians remained winless Saturday evening after being shut out 5-0 by visiting St. Francis High of La Canada Flintridge.
“It’s hard to win with half a run a game. We’re just not hitting,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “It’s not that we aren’t competing. We’re competing with everybody. We’re just not hitting.”
Burroughs (0-6) has played against only high-quality competition thus far, with its other losses coming to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Chatsworth Sierra Canyon, Saugus, Chatsworth, and Reseda Cleveland highs. But the Indians have just three runs to show for.

“I don’t want easy and the kids don’t want easy,” Sherwood said. “Right now we’re still tied for first in the Pacific League and we have to keep that outlook. Nobody is happy right now, but nobody is quitting either.”
Burroughs had just two hits against the visiting Golden Knights, who improved to 4-3.
St. Francis left-hander Brandon Markarian had seven strikeouts in six innings and Burroughs had just three base runners when he was on the mound.

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“Coming off the bus I was really focused. I was trying something different. I went into the dugout, got my headphones on and just started focusing on the pitch,” Markarian said. “I wasn’t focusing on the offense, just defense and it worked out. The fastball was working really well and the offspeed felt really good.”
Burroughs put two runners on in the third inning as James Turner had a two-out single and Brian Garcia drew a walk. But Markarian was able to get out of the inning.

Julian Jaramillo almost got the Indians started off on the right track in the fourth inning but was robbed of a hit by a fine defensive play from St. Francis second baseman Tommy Italia, who stopped his line drive from going into the outfield.

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Burroughs starting pitcher Xavier Dubon was solid through four innings before the Golden Knights started to come alive.
Bradyn Muro walked. Jack Duncan followed with a single. Nico Manes then reached on an error, which scored Muro. Mikey Kane followed with a single and Matt Odom and Doyle Kane hit back-to-back doubles to right center field. Stephen Castro followed with a single before Dubon was able to get out of the inning.

Garcia reached base in the sixth inning for Burroughs on a St. Francis error. But he was left stranded.
Nicco Chuidian had a long one-out single in the seventh inning for the Indians. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch but was also left stranded.

 

 

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. “

Burroughs Baseball Shut Down by Pasadena’s Castro

If there is one thing the Burroughs baseball can celebrate, it is the fact that the Indians won’t have to face Pasadena High ace Alvie Castro any more.

The senior right hander dominated the visiting Indians Friday by striking out 10 and allowing just one hit in a 7-1 Pacific League victory.  It marked the second year in a row that Castro has defeated Burroughs.

“Castro was right on strike after strike after strike.  He was in the zone the whole game,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “We were trying to take some pitches and drive his pitch count up and we just couldn’t get it there.  He beat a good team today. Hats off to him.”

Burroughs Brandon Giraldo looks at a pitch.

Burroughs (9-7, 3-1 in league) got its only hit off Castro on the last pitch he threw, a single by pinch hitter Revin Diego in the seventh inning. Castro was then removed after reaching the limit of 110 pitches.

“I was working on my changeup a lot more,” said Castro, who didn’t realize he had a no-hitter for much of the game. “I found out coming back out to the mound for the seventh.  I heard them saying it.”

Pasadena coach Jose Montes said his team desperately needed the victory after losing to Burroughs 4-1 earlier in the week, its third straight defeat to open league play.

Xavier Dubon goes into his sidearm windup.

“Today we can out with a sense of urgency. My pitcher was just outstanding. You can’t ask for a better outing than that. When you need a big game from someone you bring your ace in,” Montes said.

Pasadena (10-7, 1-3 in league) scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings and added three more in the fifth inning.

Burroughs scored its lone run in the sixth inning.

Collin Johnson led off with a walk. Brian Garcia then reached base after the ball he hit was nearly caught on the run by right fielder Christian Zambrano. Two batters later, Julian Jaramillo reached base on a throwing error that allowed Johnson to score.

Burroughs Andres Salazar connects on a pitch.

Castro however bounced back to retire the next two batters and eliminate the comeback threat.

Sherwood acknowledged that the loss could define the rest of the season.

“How we respond to this is going to be the mark of our team,” he said.

Burroughs Baseball Goes Cold Against Northview

There are times when the Burroughs baseball team looks like it is going to break through and put a big smile on the face of coach Craig Sherwood.

That wasn’t the case Tuesday night as the Indians fell 6-2 at home against Northview High of Covina in the Babe Herman Tournament.

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“I told them to go back and replay every play that you did and ask yourself what you could have done better in each situation,” Sherwood said. “If you can say I did everything right, I’ll live with that. But if you say I didn’t make a play here or there then you have to improve from that. That’s the only way we’re going to get better as a team.”

 

Burroughs (6-6) had a runner on base in all but one inning but was able to push across two runs.

Defensively the Indians had four errors, some of which proved to be crucial.

“I think we play the mental game as well as anybody. We teach the mental game,” Sherwood said. “To be outplayed on our field playing catch is a disappointment. Our mantra here is to play catch.”

Northview (6-3) got on the board in the first inning when Connor McKinney put a hanging curveball by Burroughs starting pitcher Brandon Ortega onto the tennis courts in left field.

Burroughs tied things in the second inning as Devin Esquivel crossed home plate just before teammate Matthew Diaz was tagged out after being caught in a pickle.

After the teams were deadlock at one run each, Northview broke through with a pair of runs in the fifth inning.

Burroughs added a run to the deficit in half in the bottom half of the inning.

 

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Collin Johnson led off the inning with a double and later scored on a groundout by Nathan Palafox.

Northview came back to score once more in the sixth inning and twice in the seventh that came as a result of a controversial balk call against Burroughs reliever Jacob Real as well as an infield error.

The frustration is that sometimes I see play so well. Sometimes I see it clicking and then all of a sudden everyone goes backward,” Sherwood said.

Burroughs Baseball Drops Opener Against Thousand Oaks

The result was certainly not what Burroughs High baseball coach Craig Sherwood was hoping for Saturday when his team officially opened the season with an 8-2 defeat at the hands of visiting Thousand Oaks High in the Easton Tournament.

But one thing Sherwood did come away with was a good idea of figuring out the true identity of his team.

He used seven pitchers in the game.

“We’re trying to find guys who get ahead in the count and can throw strikes and keep the ball down,” Sherwood said. “Right now I can’t afford to have a guy walk a guy or hit a guy, especially when you’re down four or five runs.  I have a deep pitching staff and I have a lot of guys who are pretty equal. Now it’s a matter of figuring out who can do the job for us in pressure situations.”

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Burroughs starting pitcher Steven Gonzalez looked sharp early on retiring the first batters he faced.

But the Thousand Oaks bats started connecting in the third inning as the Lancers hit four doubles in the inning, including three in a row from Jacob Wilson, Fresno State-bound Matt Ottino and Alex Mueller.

“I think our starting pitcher did a great job and then started getting affected by the umpire’s strike zone. He started getting the ball up and that’s how he got hit,” Sherwood said.

Burroughs got a solo home run from designated hitter Collin Johnson in the bottom half of the inning, as he put pitcher Garrett Clarke’s offering onto the track in right field. The Indians had at least one hit in five innings against the Lancers, who are coached by former Major League All-Star Jack Wilson.

Thousand Oaks, which went 23-8 last season and plays in the tough Marmonte League, added a run in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.

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Andrew Jacob Barrera reached base in the sixth inning for Burroughs by drawing a walk. He then scored on a double by Julian Jaramillo.

Sherwood was very impressed with junior closer Andres Salazar, who retired all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

“That’s one of the best innings I’ve ever seen pitched and I’ve seen a lot of good pitchers,” Sherwood said of Salazar.

Burroughs Brian Garcia led off the bottom of the first with a hit and went to second base on a passed ball.

Sherwood said not being able to bring Garcia home could have been a turning point.

“If we get him in, maybe it changes the complexion of the game,” he said.

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

2016 Was a Year to Remember in Sports for Burbank and Burroughs

If there is one thing most people in Burbank will agree on it is that 2016 was the best year on record for sports at Burroughs and Burbank highs.

Three teams appeared in CIF Southern Section championship games or matches and that isn’t counting Burroughs boys’ cross country team, which also put together a solid season.

Myburbank.com takes a look at the top 10 teams of the 2016 calendar year.

10. Burbank boys’ basketball

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The young Bulldogs’ squad put together an impressive season going 20-11 overall, 8-6 in league. But it was postseason play that earned this team on this list. Led by junior Michael Woods, Burbank reached the quarterfinals of the Division 2-AA playoffs.  Burbank won on the road at Garden Grove and then defeated El Toro. Both opponents came in having won more than 20 games. In the quarterfinals, the Bulldogs hung tough for a long time before falling to Loyola of Los Angeles.

9. Burroughs baseball

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The Indians (19-7) started the season as hot as any team, winning the prestigious Easton Tournament by defeating eventual CIF Southern Section Division 1 finalist Harvard-Westlake in the final. The Indians went on to earn a share of a second consecutive Pacific League crown, despite losing virtually its entire starting lineup to graduation from the previous year. It was the first time in school history that Burroughs won league titles in consecutive years. Burroughs’ season ended in the first round of the CIF playoffs with a loss to Rancho Cucamonga. Highlights included pitcher Kyle Nicol signing a letter of intent with Cal State Northridge. Teammate Shaine Leonard signed with the University of Antelope Valley.

8. Burroughs boys’ basketball

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The Indians put together a 22-8 season and reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs for the first time since 1990, when Burroughs was knocked out by an Artesia team that featured future-NBA players Ed and Charles O’Bannon. In 2016, Burroughs lost to Santa Monica, the eventual CIF champion. Junior Tristen Hull earned All-CIF honors. Guard Steven Hubbell signed with California Lutheran University. Coach Adam Hochberg stepped down after the season to spend more time with his family.

7. Burbank boys’ track

The Bulldogs won a league title in boys’ track and field for the first time in 31 years. Burbank also did it without relying too much on its distance runners, which have traditionally been the strength of the program. Hurdler Martin Swan, jumper Noah Powell and sprinters Josh Cantong and Joey Miller were the leaders of the team. All four qualified for the CIF finals as a 1,600 meter relay team.

6. Burroughs boys’ cross country

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This is a team that going into the season looked like a strong contender to win its second CIF title in three years and one that could have very easily been the top team in the city. The Indians shared the Pacific League title with Arcadia even though Burroughs won two of the three league meets and only lost on a sixth man tie-breaker in the league final. Burroughs ran very well in CIF preliminaries and looked like a serious contender to win in the finals. But this team fell well short and surprisingly missed qualifying for the state meet. This team should be motivated for next season after this season’s disappointing finish. Several key runners return next season led by Alexander Hirsch, Jagdeep Chahal and Jacob Calderon. A CIF title is within reach in 2017.

5. Burroughs girls’ basketball

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The Indians dominated league by going 14-0, 24-8 overall and reaching the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.  Ironically, Burroughs lost on the road in the semifinals at Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. Mira Costa then lost in the final to Crescenta Valley, a team Burroughs defeated twice in winning the Pacific League. Jordan Meltzer led the Indians as she shared the Pacific League Player of the Year honor with Crescenta Valley’s Alissa Shin.

4. Burroughs softball

The Indians had an outstanding season led by sophomore pitcher Presley Miraglia, who was named the Pacific League Player of the Year and earned All-CIF honors for a second time. Burroughs went 24-5 on the season and lost 7-0 in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs to Grand Terrace, the eventual champion and one of the top rated teams in the nation. Coach Doug Nicol stepped down after the season so he could spend more time watching his kids play sports in college.

3. Burroughs boys’ water polo

A CIF champion in the third spot some might say? Yes, Burroughs had an outstanding season in winning the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title. However, one must remember the Indians did not win the Pacific League title. Their opposition in the playoffs was certainly not elite. There are also some questions marks around this team as several key players have not been students at Burroughs throughout their entire high school careers. In fact, several are transfers from Burbank High. But this team will almost certainly be higher up on the list next year as the main core of players return for their senior seasons, led by CIF MVP David Arakelyan, J.J. Ambartsumyan and Marko Vucetic.

2. Burbank football

The Bulldogs captured the hearts of many of the city. For the first time in 30 years a local football team played for a CIF Southern Section title.

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After finishing second in the Pacific League, the Bulldogs were clearly a different team in the playoffs, dominating most of their opponents until the final when it was bothered by an unexpected call of Mother Nature. Still nobody will forget this group that grew up together led by Guy Gibbs, Nick Warren, Forest Fajardo and Jake Kelley. These kids should all be in the Burbank High Sports Hall of Fame one day.  Coach Richard Broussard stepped down at the end of the season.

1. Burroughs boys’ volleyball

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The Indians won their seventh consecutive Pacific League title and were clearly the most talented team in the city. Led by a veteran group that included setter Ryan Van Loo and outside hitters Andrew D’Almada and Cameron Capili, the Indians overcame a loss to Oak Park in the CIF Southern Section championship by defeating that same team a week later in CIF Southern California State Regional tournament.

 

In closing, it was very hard to make a top-10 list. There were a couple of teams that were very good that did not make the list but deserve honorable mention. Those were the Burbank and Burroughs girls’ soccer teams. The Burroughs boys’ soccer team also had a solid season as did the Burbank girls’ tennis team, the Burbank girls’ basketball team and Burroughs girls’ golf team and volleyball teams.

We want to wish the best of luck to all Burbank and Burroughs teams in 2017.

 

Nicol Makes It Official by Signing With CSUN

Winning the prestigious Easton Tournament last month won Burroughs a coveted title. It also won pitcher Kyle Nicol lots of recognition, which led to a scholarship.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nicol, who struck out 14 in even strong innings in the title game against Harvard-Westlake, started hearing from a number of colleges shortly thereafter.

California State University, Northridge was the first to offer a scholarship. After talking with the Matadors and a few other schools, he elected to stay in the San Fernando Valley by signing a national letter of intent with CSUN Wednesday.

“They said they’re going to give me the opportunity to start next year,” Nicol said. “I was talking to UCLA and Santa Barbara, but they didn’t offer.  They said there would be a walk-on spot available, but not a scholarship offer. “

Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said his pitching motion is what has made the 5-foot-8 pitcher attractive as a college prospect.

The signing was held on top of the mound on the Burroughs baseball field (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“He has perfected the submarine sidearm motion so that the batter becomes secondary and the multi-pitch selection that he has is able to be thrown for a strike at any time,” Sherwood said. “That along with the natural movement associated with the pitch becomes frustrating for a hitter who very little experience with that arm angle.”

Nicol is the son of Burroughs softball coach Doug Nicol and younger brother of Delaney Nicol, who is a freshman softball player at Hamilton College in New York.

Kyle said he enjoys the idea of staying close to home.

Nicol with his parents, Doug and Rose (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nicol with his parents, Doug and Rose (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“It is only a 20-minute drive,” Nicol said. “It feels good to stay around here. My dad loves watching me play and I know he’s going to love watching me play in college.”

Sherwood said he thinks CSUN coach Greg Moore is a good person to help Nicol develop further.

“CSUN is a Division I school with a head coach who is known for his work with pitchers,” Sherwood said. “ He loves the arm angle and what Kyle brings to the plate not only with his maturity, but also he is very strong on academics which is a key for successful college programs.”

 

 

Burroughs Pitcher Signs With NAIA School

Burroughs High pitcher/outfielder Shaine Leonard has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Antelope Valley.

Leonard, a right hander with a submarine delivery, accepted an offer from the Lancaster-based school after attending some events intended to help his recruitment. Antelope Valley competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

“I went to a few showcases and they saw me and invited me to their camp at their school for prospects,” Leonard said. “I’ve talked to the coaches for a while now and they helped me out and gave me a bit of a scholarship. I’m real happy about it.”

Leonard said there were several factors that made the decision an easy one.

“I’m going to be able to come every weekend and spend time with my family, so it’s going to be perfect,” Leonard said. “This seems like a great fit for me.”

Leonard said he also likes the role he expects to play.

“They’re going to give me an opportunity to be a (two-way) player and see if I can play in the outfield,’’ Leonard said.  “They mostly see me in the bullpen as of next year and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood thinks Leonard has a high ceiling in terms of potential.

“I’m very happy for Shaine. He reinvented himself last year as a submarine pitcher and has worked very hard with our pitching coach, Tony Sandoval, to improve,” Sherwood said. “I think the best is still yet to come with his ability.”

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Burroughs Baseball Preview: Lights, Camera, Action!

Craig Sherwood talks with Spencer Malden and catcher Tyler Lewis after a pitching change during a recent game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Coach Craig Sherwood talks with Spencer Malden and catcher Tyler Lewis during a recent game (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

It’s that time of year again. The birds are singing, the animals are playing, and it’s time for Burroughs baseball.

The city of Burbank is the media capitol of the world and down on Keystone Street at Tomahawk Field on the campus of John Burroughs High School, the Indians have put together a nice script for all to read. Now it’s time for the production of the show.

Quiet on the set. Here are your 2014 Burroughs Indians. Lights, Camera, Action!

48 Hours

There is a new sheriff in town and he isn’t Reggie Hammond.

Coach Craig Sherwood (rt) and pitching coach Tony Sandoval

Coach Craig Sherwood (rt) and pitching coach Tony Sandoval

Craig Sherwood was named the new head baseball coach at JBHS last August replacing Kiel Holmes. Sherwood served as an assistant coach at Burbank High School for the past three years under Coach Bob Hart.

In a homecoming that seemed inevitable and destined to happen again at some point in his life, Sherwood has returned to Burroughs where he previously coached in 1984-85 and 1996-00 as an assistant varsity coach winning a league title in 1997. More significantly, Sherwood is a 1976 graduate of JBHS and has lived in the Burbank community his whole life.

“It has always been great to be an assistant coach at Burroughs, but to be the head coach is an incredible honor and very humbling,” Sherwood said.

All in the Family

Upon being named the new head coach, Sherwood surrounded himself with three brilliant baseball minds all of whom graduated from Burroughs. Tommy Perez (’98) and Tony Sandoval (’99) coached alongside Sherwood at BHS the past three years where they won a league championship last spring. Brian Huston (’83) joined the Indian staff a few months ago.

Assistant coach Tommy Perez will keep a close eye on the Indians offense (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Assistant coach Tommy Perez will keep a close eye on the Indians offense (Photo by Dick Dornan)

“They know what it takes to win because they were a part of the winning team in 1997 when we were all here together. I trust them. They know what they need to do,” said Sherwood in reference to Perez and Sandoval. “They understand the system and the program. I have nothing but confidence in letting Tommy run the offense and Tony the pitching. And we brought in Brian who has been great in supporting us and being that extra coach to help us across the program.”

The last time Burroughs won a league title was in…..1997. Will history repeat itself with the three amigos?

Extreme Makeover

For the past six months, Sherwood has changed the landscape of Burroughs baseball into one that he hopes will breed success on and off the field. The Indians don a new baseball logo along with new uniforms and caps. The stadium was re-painted bright red with “Burroughs” prominently displayed across the home dugout wall.

Third Baseman Chris Brown anticipates a possible bunt on the new Indians infield (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Third Baseman Brennan Brown anticipates a possible bunt on the new Indians infield (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A new infield and mound were installed as well as a new home plate where games will be decided through the air and by land.

Attention to detail with fundamentals on the field and academics in the classroom has been emphasized since Sherwood’s arrival. The program’s vision has been shared and bought in by this year’s squad.

“I’m very excited for this season. We’ve worked very hard for the last six months. We are in a good place right now,” Sherwood said. “The kids have decided what we are doing is going to work and hopefully will execute when needed. These boys are very conscientious on how they do things. They want to do well. I can see it in their eyes. They are starting to believe in what we do.”

For Love of the Game

This year’s edition for Burroughs features only five returning varsity players from a year ago and only one with significant experience, outfielder/pitcher Cameron Rodriguez. The 5’10” tough-nosed senior will provide valuable leadership to a team in desperate need due to lack of experience.

“We are a gritty team. We have guys that will fight to win no matter what,” Rodriguez said. “We have a will to win. The inning is never over and that’s how we are going to base our season on.”

Senior Cole Meyer

Senior Cole Meyer

Senior transfer Cole Meyer has given the Indians pitching staff a huge shot in the arm with his hard-throwing side-arm delivery that baffles the opposition. The Indians will roll the dice on Meyer who came from Las Vegas to Burroughs late in the summer.

“He has really added another dimension to our pitching,” Sherwood said.

Meyer will be the ace of the staff and a future college prospect. Hopes are that Burroughs will hit the jackpot with “Vegas” Meyer and lead them into the playoffs.

“I’m super excited. We have new coaches here and we have come together as a team and I’m looking forward to the season,” Meyer said. “We all have to pitch and do our part. Bunt, steal, pinch-running. Everyone has to contribute. Everyone has a job on this team and we need to execute.”

Junior Max Haddad

Junior Max Haddad

Along with Meyer, the Indians pitching staff consists of Danny Bustos, Thomas Wilson, Ben Hobson,  Max DeAmicis and several other solid contributors.

The emergence of senior shortstop Dylan Beauregard, second baseman Max Haddad, centerfielder Anthony Bocanegra, outfielder Aidan Anding and first baseman Chris Peres during the fall and winter season has aided the youthful Indians.

After playing 40 games during the off-season in the past six months, Burroughs takes the field this spring with unbridled enthusiasm.

“It’s important to make the playoffs. We are going to try to win every game that we play,” Sherwood said. “You have to learn how to win as much as winning itself. I hope to battle in every game and have positive results.”

Burroughs hopes that its “Field of Dreams” will be a special one in 2014.