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It was Michelle Santiago and Haley Schulman who delivered for Burroughs in the regular season’s final game to clinch a third consecutive Pacific League championship.

Locked in a battle with Knight to open the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs on Thursday, May 17, the two delivered once again. Starting pitcher Schulman escaped several jams and went the distance while Santiago delivered the final blow to the Hawks chances by blasting a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to help lead the Indians (24-3) to a 3-0 victory.

Santiago’s heroics followed Megan McKenna’s sacrifice fly to score Davina Del Castillo to break a scoreless tie. Brice Edrington, who had singled, came home on Santiago’s home run.

Del Castillo had reached on an error and was sacrificed to second by Cheyenne Steward. She moved to third on the Edrington’s single and scored on the McKenna sac. It was the type of manufactured run that the Indians have delivered in close contests all year.

Schulman struck out seven, including striking out the side in the third to escape a two-on jam. She also zoned-in after allowing lead-off batters to reach base in four out of seven innings but never surrendered a run.

“I am just proud of the girls, all of them, because we have been finding a way to win close ones all year,” head coach Doug Nicol said. “That takes a real team to do that.”

Nicol’s squad won a sixth straight contest that included five straight league games in a season in which they went 13-1.

Burroughs will play South High of Torrance on Tuesday. The Indians swept South in a double header during the regular season — 7-6 and 2-1 — back on March 15. The Spartans were 19-10 in the regular season and come from the highly regarded Pioneer League.


Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes took a risk, one he called “a calculated gamble,” and one of his seniors delivered. Unfortunately, his offense could not deliver more than a single run as the first year coach saw his team drop its CIF Southern Section Division II playoff opener, 4-1, at Ventura High School.

Left-handed pitcher Dylan Goldsack, usually a reliver, made only his second start of the season based on a scouting report Holmes had gathered in the 24 hours since learning his team would see the Cougars. Goldsack was brillant, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing only an unearned run.

However, reliever Zane Carey ran into trouble in the seventh inning and ultimately surrendered a three-run walk-off home run off the bat of Jarek York to break a 1-1 tie.

“Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about either pitcher — they were great,” Holmes said. “Unfortunately we didn’t support them with any offense and even worse we made some costly physical and mental errors behind them as well.”

Goldsack sailed through his first five innings and had a one-run lead heading into the sixth following Christian Garia’s RBI double in the fifth. Holmes said he was not surprised Goldsack made good on his chance to start.

“The kid is a gamer, I was very proud of the way he performed,” Holmes said.

Carey relieved him in the sixth inning and after Ventura squeezed home a run he escaped a bases loaded jam. In the seventh, his coach felt he had also thrown well — even on the York homer to end the game.

“On the squeeze Zane read it well and he threw the ball up and in as designed and the kid on their team did a great job of just getting the bunt down — let alone keeping it fair,” Holmes said. “On the homer Zane pitched the ball up and away as we had called because we were worried about the squeeze and the lefty (York) literally lunged across the plate and extended his arms to get to it.

“I know he gets the loss, but I am not sure what more he could have done,” Holmes said.

Senior catcher Chris Davies had a forgetable final game, with a pair if costly errors — one in the sixth and one in the seventh innings. The tying run and winning run came on his miscues.

Davies threw behind a runner at first in the sixth inning and his errant thrown wound-up in right field instead. He had a similar miscue in the final inning.

Burroughs returned to the playoffs after missing for the first time in five years last season. The Indians were 12-14 overall — 9-5 and in fourth place in the Pacific League. Ventura is now 14-10.

Win or… Do Over? Girls Soccer to Battle Again

Somewhere along the soccer sidelines February 10, another baseball enthusiast familiar with Yankee Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, known for his unintentionally funny comments, will be echoing the classic line;

“It’s Déjà Vu all over again.”

Burbank girls soccer defeated Burroughs February 9, 4-0, to not only split the season series with the Indians but to secure that both teams finished the league campaign with identical 7-6-1 marks. The Pacific League constitution calls for a one game playoff to secure the final playoff spot, meaning the two teams must clash again less than 24 hours after the ‘Dogs blasted the Indians on Thursday.

The match will be played at Burbank High at 3:00 p.m. on February 10.

Burroughs played the contest without three players who had been suspended for school after accusations they had posted inappropriate comments about members of the Burbank team on a social media site.

The players are not expected to play in Friday’s contest either, Burroughs officials confirmed, because their suspensions from school go through Friday.

Burroughs had topped Burbank, 2-1, on January 20 in a match halted with time left on the clock after a bench-clearing altercation and a series of ejections.

Four players scored for the Bulldogs on February 9 — Yvette Niwa, Clarissa Guerrero, Taylor Gore and Michelle Morales. Burroughs, playing shorthanded and playing some players out of position, never really threatened with a scoring chance.

Playoff Hopes Dimming For Burbank Basketball Team

The fat lady hasn’t sung yet on the Bulldogs’ season, but she certainly is warming-up those vocals. Facing a must win against the Glendale Nitros to cap the final day of January on Tuesday, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team found itself down by as many as a dozen before rallying to close within one possession late.

In the end, Glendale staved of Burbank, 49-46. It was more of the same for the underachieving Bulldogs this season. With the exception of a brief three-game stretch to close out the first round of league play, the Burbank High boys’ basketball team has found the Pacific League to be rough waters this season. It has been good enough to battle Muir to the final seconds, but it has been inconsistent and has too often simply found ways to give games away in crunch time.

Now 3-8 in Pacific League play, and having been swept by the Nitros on the season, the Bulldogs find themselves two games back for the final playoff spot with just three games left. The same two teams that played to a 70-66 shoot out three weeks ago on January 11 played in a defensive struggle in which neither team could manage 50 points on Tuesday.

Glendale opened with a three-point advantage after the first quarter of play and it had built a double-digit lead by the half — largely because the Bulldogs only managed two field goals in the second quarter. Burbank rallied in the second half, and took its only lead of the night, 46-45, with Andre Spight sinking a short jumper.

It could have been a great story as Spight was returning from a injury and led all Burbank scorers with 16 points. However, Glendale got consecutive field goals from Sevan Pogosyan lifted the Nitos. The senior scored a game-high 23 points, half of his team’s total.

Burbank also got 14 points from Caine Brown-Kennedy, an athletic junior transfer from Las Vegas who should pay off big time next season. However, with just three games left and with the Nitros having both Burroughs (1-10 in league) and Hoover (2-9) left on their schedule, setting things up for next season may be all the Dogs have left to play for this season.

Burbank is at Hoover on Friday, February 3 and then plays Arcadia and Burroughs next week.

Burroughs/Burbank ‘Big Game’ 2011

Burroughs and Burbank met for the 63rd time in the ‘Big Game’ with a league title on the line for Burroughs and a playoff spot for Burbank. This year’s game was at Arcadia High because of the construction at Memorial Field. BurbankNBeyond’s Dick Dornan brings you the action and post game interviews.

Playoffs Take Toll on Burbank Vikings Teams

Eleven teams entered the playoffs for the Burbank Vikings and when the weekend was over, only three were still left in the hunt.  Two teams survived in the Championship division and only one in the Invitational division.  Here are the results of this past weekend along with records and the division in which they participated.  Winning teams in bold

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Week 10
(6-4-0) Senior Black 21 @ Canyon Gold 38 (Championship Playoff Game)
(5-5-0) Senior Gold 38 vs. SCV Chiefs 8 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(8-1-0) Junior Black 40 vs. Canyon Gold 6 (Championship Playoff Game)
(3-6-0) Junior Green 14 @ SCV Warriors 27 (Championship Playoff Game)
(2-7-0) Junior White 22 @ Calabasas Black 30 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(8-2-0) Midget Black 30 vs. Castaic Gold 6 (Championship Playoff Game)
(6-4-0) Midget Green 8 @ SCV Chiefs 46 (Championship Playoff Game)
(3-6-0) Bantam Black 6 @ Agoura White 43 (Invitational Playoff Game)
(7-2-0) Bantam Green 0 vs. Valley Orange 9 (Championship Playoff Game)
(4-5-0) PeeWee Black 8 @ SCV Chiefs 36 (Championship Playoff Game)
(1-8-0) PeeWee White 6 @ Agoura 22 (Championship Playoff Game)