First published in the March 12 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burbank High School girls’ softball team has been firing on all cylinders after winning three of their recent games while outscoring opponents 28-0 over that span.
Burbank cruised to an easy 10-0 Pacific League victory over visiting Glendale to move to 3-0 in league (8-6 overall). Junior shortstop Samantha Buckley did damage at the plate, finishing 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base, while senior outfielder Hannah Zacariaz collected a double, an RBI and a run scored. Senior captain Elizabeth Zamora went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while junior catcher Shelby Cribbs, sophomore pitcher Grace Workman and freshman infielder Maddison Kellogg each registered a base hit and a run scored. Sophomore captain Eliza Bowren stole two bases and scored once, sophomore outfielder Kara Valencia stole a base and recorded a hit, and sophomore outfielder Belinda Lujano scored once.
The Bulldogs swept their double-header at the Santa Fe Tournament last Saturday. Burbank shut out Mission Hills Alemany, 8-0, as Kellogg pitched six strong innings with 10 strikeouts. She also finished 1-for-3 at the plate.
Cribbs finished 2-for-3, including a double, with three RBIs and a run scored, while Zamora went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Valencia collected a base hit, two RBIs and a run scored, Bowren tallied two hits, two runs scored and an RBI, and Buckley finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Junior infielder Sasha Quintanar and Zacariaz each recorded a base hit and a run scored, while Lujano had two hits and a walk in four plate appearances.
Burbank opened the tournament with a 10-0 rout over Montebello on Saturday, March 5, scoring 10 or more runs for a second straight game. Workman tossed three innings with seven strikeouts, while Kellogg pitched two innings with three strikeouts. Quintanar collected two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk in three plate appearances, while Valencia and Zamora each tallied a hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Cribbs went 3-for-3 with a run scored and Lujano recorded a triple and two runs scored. Zacariaz had two hits and a run scored, while Bowren scored once.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to continue the Santa Fe Tournament by playing Temple City at a neutral venue on Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m.
The Bears shut out host Chatsworth High, 10-0, in the back end of a double-header last Saturday. Burroughs did its damage in the first inning after posting 10 runs, allowing senior pitcher Kelsey Acosta to cruise through five one-hit frames while recording five strikeouts. At the plate, Acosta finished 1-for-3.
Senior Isabella Scozzola blasted a solo home run, while Dabbadie went 1-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore outfielder Mia Ramirez collected a base hit, an RBI and a run scored, while junior infielder Rachel Little tallied a base hit, a walk and two runs scored. Christopher and sophomore Gizelle Rangsiyawong each added a base hit and a run scored, while senior Kaynan Chrysikos, senior Arley Pena and sophomore Phoebe Spangler each scored once.
The Bears opened tournament action with a 7-0 shutout over Sun Valley Poly, as Dabbadie twirled a complete-game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. She also collected a double in three plate appearances. Little finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and a run scored, while Garcia and Chrysikos tallied two hits and a run scored. Spangler, Scozzola and Christopher each tallied a hit, an RBI and a run scored, Ramirez and Acosta each finished 1-for-3, and junior outfielder Laurel Piper scored once.
Burroughs (10-3 overall record, 2-1 in league) is scheduled to play Pico Rivera El Rancho in the Savanna Tournament on Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m.