Tribe Softball Impresses on Opening Day

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The two-time reigning Pacific League champions seemed to be picking-up right where they left off, as the Burroughs Indians softball team opened its 2012 season with two impressive wins in the Simi Valley Tournament.

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In their opener, the Indians got five innings of two-hit ball from pitcher Haley Schulman and a key two-run double to break a 1-1 tie in the fourth from junior right fielder Megan McKenna to help Burroughs pull away for a 4-1 win over Granada Hills.

Senior second baseman Caitlin Loere was 2-for-3 as was teammate, junior outfielder Brice Edrington.

In the Tribe’s second contest of the day, the Indians blasted Ventura by a score of 10-1, although the game was close through three as Burroughs led only 1-0. McKenna hit a three-run home run in the right-center field gap to open things up.

Senior catcher Shannon Trujillo also homered while freshman Michelle Santiago had two triples. Sophomore first baseman Aimee Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with two RBI. Schulman gave up 5 hits to get the win and run her record to 2-0.

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Burroughs is now 2-0 on the year and will play the winner of the Royal/Oak Park game in the semi-finals next weekend.

“This is the first time anyone can recall Burroughs in the semifinals of this very prestigious tournament,” head coach Doug Nicol said. “We are really excited and it is a nice way to start the year.”