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Burroughs Baseball Takes Down Muir 5-2 In Pacific League Match

By Rick Assad

 

Brian Garcia goes about his business in a quiet and dignified manner, but is also highly confident and professional, which translates well onto the baseball diamond.

On Friday afternoon, Garcia’s clutch two-run double to left field in the sixth inning helped propel the Burroughs High baseball team past much-improved Muir for a 5-2 triumph in a Pacific League game at Tomahawk Field.

The Indians managed eight hits in a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Garcia’s at-bat came with no outs and scored junior Hyatt Entz, who singled to right center to open the stanza and then raced to second base on a wild pitch.

Junior Jorge Gutierrez also crossed home plate after getting hit by a pitch.

“I knew we weren’t going to win by one run,” said Garcia, a junior shortstop who contributed two hits. “One run wasn’t going to be enough to beat a team like that. These guys [Muir] fight.”

Garcia said that he was looking for a certain pitch from junior Amaris Harrison, who took over for senior Emilio Martinez.

“It was a fastball low and inside. I was looking fastball,” he said of the offering. “I put my foot down early. No off-speed was going to make me chase. If it wasn’t a fastball, I was going to take it.”

Also making it a long day for the Mustangs (12-5 and 4-4 in league) was the effectiveness of senior pitcher Nicco Chuidian, who tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings.

Chuidian did run into some trouble early as he allowed a run in the first and second inning, but didn’t surrender any runs after that.

“The pressure that I had to keep those first two guys off the base,” Chuidian said was the cause of the problem. “That early struggle. There’s always a sense of urgency when we play these kind of games. We knew it was going to be a tough battle.”

Nicco Chuidian gave up two hits and two runs and collected the win against Muir. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chuidian said that he grew more confident as the game progressed.

“I started relaxing more,” he noted. “As the game went on, I felt they were slowing down and I couldn’t let up.”

Burroughs Coach Craig Sherwood agreed.

“It’s hard to throw strikes to a guy that steals bases,” he said. “I think he was worried about walking him and he walked him.”

Senior Julian Jaramillo was also effective working one inning and didn’t allow a hit with one strikeout.

The seventh inning began with Martinez lining to right field, senior Tobias Humphrey striking out swinging and senior David Solis bouncing to second base.

The Indians (9-13 and 6-2 in league) had a one-run lead before Garcia’s key two-base hit and the way the Mustangs have been playing, knocking off previously unbeaten Arcadia 5-4 on the road and then taking care of Burroughs 1-0 in eight innings on Tuesday, they could have rallied.

“We had the same exact situation on Tuesday. Two guys on. Nobody out with Brian at the plate and all my instincts said to lay a bunt down and I didn’t do it and he hit into a double play,” Sherwood said. “And for two days, I literally didn’t sleep. I’ll never make that mistake again. I’ve gotta trust my brain and not my heart. ”

Sherwood continued: “And then he came up in that same situation and I said to myself, I knew he was going to hit,” he said. “And so I didn’t put the bunt on and he hits the double and breaks the game open.”

The runner scores for the Indians in a Pacific League game versus the Mustangs. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Each team scored in the first inning when Muir led 1-0 after Harrison walked to open the frame.

Harrison swiped second base, moved to third base on senior Aryonis Harrison’s fielder’s choice and scored when junior Ely Resendiz bounced into a double play.

The Indians responded by taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first when six hitters trotted to the plate.

Garcia walked to commence the frame and dashed to second base after senior Michael Le laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Senior Collin Johnson’s line-drive hit to right center brought Garcia home and when Chuidian rifled a ball down the line for a single, Johnson crossed the plate to make it 2-1.

Muir evened the contest at 2-2 in the top of the second when junior Angel Lopez ripped a single to left center as Solis scored after walking with two out, stealing second base and scooting to third base on a wild pitch.

Luckily, the Indians are blessed with a deep pitching staff with a dozen hurlers standing ready.

It’s going to be close at third base as Julian Jaramillo readies for the throw. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chuidian is very likely the ace and showed it throughout much of the game, including the third inning when he faced the minimum three batters.

Harrison drew a leadoff walk, however, Aryonis Harrison was called out after running outside the white line down first base.

Resendiz then bounced into an inning-ending double play as the threat was vanquished.

A perfect frame followed in the fourth for Chuidian, who induced junior Harper Taylor to foul out to right field, Martinez to ground out to second base and Humphrey to fly out to right field.

Another perfect inning followed as Chuidian saw Solis fly out to right field, Lopez striking out, catcher to first base and senior Tyquise Solomon grounding out to second base.

The Mustangs began the sixth inning with a base hit to left field from Amaris Harrison, who was later picked off by Chuidian.

Aryonis Harrison struck out, but reached first base on a throwing error, only to see Resendiz strike out swinging and Taylor fanning with the catcher applying the tag.

Also getting base hits for Burroughs was senior Andres Salazar, along with junior Johnny Angel and Gutierrez.

Martinez yielded seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks across five innings for the Mustangs and Harrison toured one inning, allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout and a hit batter.

Burroughs Baseball Downs Glendale 7-1 In Pacific League Match

By Rick Assad

 

So far this campaign, the Burroughs High baseball team has been involved in two long streaks.

The first was a six-game losing skein to begin the season, but also own a four-game winning streak.

On Friday afternoon at Tomahawk Field, the Indians sideswiped Glendale 7-1 in a Pacific League game and have claimed six of their last seven games.

Nicco Chuidian dominated in five of the six innings he pitched against Glendale. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We’re starting to swing the bats a lot better with two outs,” Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “In the first six games, we probably left 20 guys on with two outs. Now we’re starting to get those guys in. We got into a funk and we found our way out of it. We’re on the right track now.”

Nicco Chuidian was credited with the victory after working six innings, yielding five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Chuidian’s only sub-par frame was the sixth inning when the senior right-hander gave up three hits and one run, but otherwise was stellar.

“Going into the sixth inning, I was getting tired,” said Chuidian, who doubled to left field in the sixth inning. “I thought that ball Collin [Johnson] hit was going to end the game. I said, OK, go out there. I don’t mind pitching. I had my mind set in the wrong place when I started that inning.”

The Indians played flawless defense in a 7-1 win over the Nitros. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chuidian said despite the team losing its first six games, many were tight.

“Even when we went 0-6, all those games, they were all very close games. They were walk-offs,” he noted.

Burroughs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning as it tagged junior right-hander Thomas Kovarik, who surrendered two hits across four innings, striking out six, walking five and hitting a batter.

In the frame, eight batters made their way to home plate with senior Michael Le and Chuidian each drawing walks.

Le went to second base on a wild pitch, third on a walk and scored when senior Preston Lemus was hit by a pitch that made it 1-0.

It’s a close call at second base in an attempted steal. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chuidian took second base on a walk, third base on a hit batter and scored on the first of three errors by the Nitros (5-4 and 0-4 in league) as it became 2-0.

A two-run third inning saw the Indians, who are leaving for Phoenix, Arizona, to play five games in five days in the Coach Bob National Invitational Tournament,  slide ahead 4-0.

“It’s really important,” Sherwood said of the upcoming portion of the schedule. “We won that tournament three years ago and we’re looking to going there and doing well. We’ve got 12 pitchers on the staff and all 12 pitchers have done an outstanding job. I think we’re going in the right direction.”

This time Burroughs (6-7 and 4-0 in league) sent six batters to the plate as senior Julian Jaramillo delivered a run-scoring force out that brought in Johnson, a senior who was safe on an error, and junior Johnny Angel’s sacrifice fly scored Chuidian, who reached on a walk.

First baseman Collin Johnson is about to receive the ball. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs extended its advantage to 5-0 with a run in the fourth as Johnson’s two-out bloop single to left brought home senior Andres Salazar, who walked to lead off the frame.

The Indians’ lead swelled to 7-0 with two runs in the fifth as eight batters waltzed to home plate against junior Michael Gonzalez.

Junior Hyatt Entz had a run-scoring infield single as Jaramillo, who singled to begin the inning and had senior Christian Morales enter as a pinch runner, scored and junior Brian Garcia’s single with two out drove in Entz.

Chuidian ran into some trouble in the sixth inning as he faced seven hitters including senior Darion Jenks, who had a two-out, run-scoring single that cut the lead to 7-1.

Collin Johnson readies to make the putout on Trent Lousararian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“It’s been our team’s struggle all year long, where our first time through the lineup we tend to be very tentative, especially with a pitcher who is consistently in the zone,” Glendale coach Marcus Whithorne said. “That’s been our challenge. It shouldn’t take three or four innings. That second and third time we should perform better.”

Chuidian worked a perfect first inning that included striking out the side as junior Ian Nord fanned looking, senior Michael Tichenor struck out catcher to first base and Jenks whiffed swinging.

Another 1-2-3 frame followed in the second inning as Chuidian allowed a single to Kovarik, who went to second base on a balk.

Junior Ethan Aldrete fanned swinging and senior Nathan Wong lined to left fielder Angel, who gunned the ball into the infield which doubled up Kovarik.

Senior Trent Lousararian grounded to shortstop to begin the third inning, but senior Seth Harley singled to right field and stole second base. Chuidian fanned senior Ryan Kataoka looking and Nord swinging.

Chuidian’s third perfect frame followed as Tichenor grounded to second base, Jenks fanned looking and Kovarik struck out catcher to first base.

Chuidian faced four batters in the fifth inning as Aldrete bounced back to the box, Wong walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, third base on Lousararian’s grounder and Harley then bounced to shortstop.

Salazar went one inning for Burroughs, fanning one and hitting a batter, while Gonzalez worked two frames, striking out three with three hits allowed for Glendale.

 

 

Burroughs, Burbank Baseball Teams Ready To Roar

By Rick Assad

 

Though the Pacific League hasn’t yet begun, it’s highly likely the Burroughs High and Burbank baseball teams will probably qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Indians and Bulldogs have deep and capable pitching staffs, which is a key factor in having a winning season.

One of Burroughs’ strengths will be its pitching staff, which boasts a dozen hurlers. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs, which is looking to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year, has a dozen pitchers on the staff and all are capable of performing at a high level.

“This is one of our team strengths this year with 12 players able to toss the ball,” longtime Burroughs coach Craig Sherwood said. “While no one pitcher is dominant, there is a staff of very capable pitchers as well as situational pitchers that will be called upon constantly to get outs in big situations.”

If there is an ace it would be senior and three-year starter Nicco Chuidian, while last year’s Pacific League Pitcher of the Year, Xavier Dubon, is a submarine specialist and very effective.

If the Indians are in front and it’s late in the game, the closer and set-up men will be seniors Andres Salazar and Julian Jaramillo.

Burbank works on its defensive prowess. Defense and pitching will be two keys to success. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The long relievers will be senior submariner Michael Le and juniors Tobey Ho, Johnny Angel, Colgan Martin and Matthew Ziegler.

The rest of the Indians’ staff includes seniors Josh Hooker, Brandon Aguilar and Nathaniel Metz.

The Indians participated in three preseason tourneys and they include the prestigious Easton Tournament, which is loaded with talented teams, the Lancaster Rotary West Tournament hosted by Quartz Hill High and the Coach Bob Tournament in Arizona.

The Indians are 2-6, with a 6-5 decision over Lancaster in the Lancaster Rotary West tourney and an 8-1 triumph over Highland in the Quartz Hill tourney.

It’s a close one at first base when the Indians played a recent game against St. Francis. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs will open the league portion with a game at Hoover on March 8.

Behind the plate will be sophomore James Turner and will be supported by junior Albert Prado.

Senior Collin Johnson will play first base, bat in the No. 3 hole and also packs a potent stick.

Johnson, who swings lefthanded, is a power hitter who hits for a high average and will be backed up by senior Chris Magoon.

Second base will be a strong battle between junior Devon Esquivel and senior Preston Lemus, a transfer from Arizona.

Burbank Coach Bob Hart hopes to see a lot of runs and hits during the season. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When Jaramillo isn’t on the mound, he will toil at third base and will be backed up by junior Hyatt Entz, who played on the boys’ soccer team.

Brian Garcia, a junior all-league pick, will hold down shortstop and bat leadoff for the Indians.

Junior Jorge Gutierrez, who is capable of playing second base and third base, will also see action at shortstop.

Chuidian will play center field when not on the hill and backed up by Salazar and Le.

The rest of the outfield consists of seniors Dylan Rolando and Rio Lopez, and juniors Kevin Gutierrez and Ho.

The utility infielders are seniors Daniel Roman and Hoover transfer Christian Morales, while junior Angel can play in the infield and outfield.

If pitching is crucial to winning, then the Indians are definitely ready. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

The Bulldogs failed to make the playoffs last season, but did advance to the quarterfinals in 2017.

“We have that challenge now,” Burbank coach Bob Hart said of getting back to the postseason. “But they’re going to have to find and accept their roles.”

Hart said despite an 0-3-1 record including a 5-0 loss to powerful Harvard-Westlake in the Easton Tournament, he’s optimistic.

“That was a very respectable game to a very good team,” Hart said of the Wolverines. “I think we’re going to be okay.”

Like its crosstown rival, Burbank, which also had a 3-3 tie against Chatsworth, commence the league season at Muir on March 5, will depend on pitching and will be paced by senior Davis Mieliwocki, who throws 85 to 87 miles per hour.

The Bulldogs can lean heavily on skill, experience and a solid pitching staff. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

When not on the rubber, Mieliwocki, an all-league, second-team selection, is a steady and heady presence at third base.

Senior Joey Clark is also a key starter, while senior Andrew De La Torre, junior Jakob Duarte and sophomore Ryan King, who is the starting shortstop, will all need to be productive on the hill.

The rest of the pitching staff includes juniors Josh Balos, Willem Clendenin, while Troy Lee and King and Clark will be the primary closers.

The catching duties will primarily fall upon juniors Dominik Severo and Alberto Ayala.

Duarte, Lee and Clark will play first base, senior Kenny Won and junior Tyler LaMarsna will see action at second base and senior Daniel Ruiz will back up Mieliwocki at third base and senior Gevork Leklyan will also see time at third base.

Junior Oaklee Spens will patrol center field, De La Torre will play left field and junior Aidan Gonzalez will see time in left field.

The remainder of the outfield consists of seniors Cody Winters and Vincent Romano and juniors Justin Robinson and Adam Loera.