Bulldogs, Bears Tied For 1st in League Standings

First published in the March 26 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The visiting Burbank High School varsity baseball team crushed Hoover High of Glendale, 11-0, in a Pacific League game on Tuesday, March 22, as the Bulldogs pitching staff combined for a one-hit shut out.

Joshua DiPietro, who recorded a base hit and a run scored at the plate, started on the mound and struck out five batters over three innings while allowing Hoover’s lone base hit. David McBride took over in the fourth and logged two hitless innings with three strikeouts. Infielder Wyatt Lamarsna paced the offense by going 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored.

Outfielder Julian Gonzalez collected a pair of hits, RBIs and runs scored. Infielder Ben Castillo tallied two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Catcher Jared Cantu notched a base hit with two runs scored and an RBI, infielder Jimmy Cafferty doubled and scored once, and outfielder Jose Avellaneda finished with two hits and a run scored. Infielder Danny Betancourt had a base hit, an RBI and a run scored, outfielder Ben Baptiste scored once and infielder Adan DePaz produced an RBI.

The visiting Bulldogs previously earned a lopsided victory by dominating Sylmar, 17-7, in a nonleague game on Saturday, March 19. Burbank sent six different pitchers to toe the rubber, highlighted by Cafferty notching two perfect innings with five strikeouts. He also added a double and an RBI at the plate. Meanwhile, Lamarsna continued to torment pitchers from the leadoff spot by finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored.

Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored, Cantu collected two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, and pitcher Daniel Edwards finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored. Avellaneda doubled with a run scored and an RBI, outfielder Matthew Benson tallied a base hit, an RBI and a run scored, and Gonzalez registered a base hit and two runs scored. DiPietro produced a base hit and an RBI, while DePaz recorded one hit and three runs scored. Outfielder Daniel Neria notched a base hit and a run scored, and outfielder Dylan Robinson reached on a pair of walks.


The Bears continued their winning ways with a dominant 9-3 Pacific League victory at Pasadena on Tuesday, March 22. Burroughs previously edged visiting El Segundo, 4-3, in a nonleague game on Saturday, March 19. No individual statistics were reported to the Burbank Leader.

The Bears (5-0 in league, 9-5 overall) are currently in a four-way tie for first place in the league standings with Burbank, Arcadia and Crescenta Valley. JBHS is scheduled to host Sylmar in a nonleague game on Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m.