First published in the Feb. 26, 2022, print issue of the Burbank Leader.
After dropping the first two games of the season, the Burroughs High School varsity softball team has won its last five games, including a recent 10-0 shutout victory over visiting South Pasadena in a nonleague game on Wednesday.
Junior starting pitcher Stevie Dabbadie tossed a seven-inning, one-hit gem with 11 strikeouts and two walks. She added a solo home run at the plate while sophomore middle infielder Gizelle Rangsiyawong blasted two home runs and drove in six RBIs to power the Bears past South Pasadena.
Sophomore outfielder Mia Ramirez went a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored, while junior outfielder Laurel Piper added one hit and three runs scored. Sophomore catcher Phoebe Spangler tallied a hit and a run scored, while senior outfielder Arley Pena, senior first baseman Kaynan Chrysikos and junior utility player Rachel Little each notched a single. Senior third baseman Kiley Christopher scored two runs and outfielder Isabella Scozzola plated two RBIs.
Burroughs picked up a 7-6 nonleague victory at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Tuesday. Dabbadie picked up the only extra-base hit, finishing 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Scozzola and senior starting pitcher Kelsey Acosta each collected two hits and an RBI, while senior utility player Olivia Kam finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Little caught one runner stealing behind the plate and added a base hit in four at-bats, while Ramirez, Rangsiyawong, Christopher, Garcia and Chrysikos each scored once.
The Bears closed the Hart Tournament with a dominant 9-1 victory at Palmdale Highland on Saturday. Acosta earned the win after pitching six innings with 11 strikeouts, four hits, one walk and one unearned run. Christopher, Dabbadie and Kam each collected two hits, two RBIs and one run scored, while Rangsiyawong finished 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Senior center fielder Gigi Garcia registered two hits and two runs, Ramirez tallied two hits and one run, Spangler and Scozzola each had one hit and one run, and Little notched a single.
After dropping the first two games in tournament play the previous weekend, Burroughs bounced back with a 10-8 victory at Quartz Hill on Saturday.
Little was perfect at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with a double, while Garcia recorded one hit, three RBI and two runs scored. Rangsiyawong had two hits, including a double, two RBI, one stolen base and one run scored, while Christopher had two hits, one run and one RBI. Scozzola, Dabbadie each had one hit, one RBI and scored once, while Ramirez finished 1-for-2 with a run. Piper tallied an RBI and Kam scored a run, despite going hitless.
The Bears earned their first victory of the season by crushing visiting Immaculate Heart of Los Feliz, 15-0, in a mercy-rule shortened nonleague game Feb. 17. Acosta had a fine outing, pitching five one-hit, shutout innings with 12 strikeouts, while Dabbadie finished the final two innings with strikeouts and only one hit.
Burroughs (5-2 overall record) is scheduled to host Alhambra Mark Keppel in a nonleague game this Monday, Feb. 28, at 3:15 p.m.
After a seven-inning scoreless game, the Bulldogs allowed three runs in the eighth and lost to visiting Granada Hills, 3-0, in a nonleague encounter on Thursday.
After dropping their final two games in the Hart Tournament last weekend, Burbank bounced back by shutting out visiting Chatsworth, 8-0, in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
Freshman starting pitcher Maddison Kellogg twirled five shutout innings with four strikeouts, two walks and one hit, while sophomore pitcher Grace Workman worked two shutout innings with three strikeouts and one walk. Despite going hitless, Kellogg added two RBIs at the plate.
Junior Samantha Buckley had a fine day at the plate, finishing 3-for-4, including a double, with one RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore outfielder Kara Valencia went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior outfielder Hannah Zacariaz collected a hit in two at-bats with an RBI and a run scored, junior catcher Shelby Cribbs added a double and a walk in four plate appearances, and senior second baseman Elizabeth Zamora had one hit and one run scored. Junior first baseman Sasha Quintanar and sophomore third baseman Eliza Bowren each notched a hit in three plate appearances, while sophomore outfielder Belinda Lujano scored once.
Burbank traveled to Canyon High of Canyon Country and lost its final tournament game, 11-5, on Saturday. Bowren finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base and collected the Bulldogs’ lone RBI, while Valencia, Zacariaz and Lujano each tallied a hit and a run scored. Despite going hitless, Quintanar and Buckley each scored a run.
In the first of two tournament games on Saturday, Burbank was shut out by visiting Oxnard, 1-0, as Zamora and Zacariaz collected the only two hits.
The Bulldogs (3-5 overall) are scheduled to start Pacific League action by hosting Pasadena on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:15 p.m.