First published in the April 9 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burbank High School varsity baseball team collected its second consecutive shutout victory by defeating Eastside High of Lancaster, 5-0, in a nonleague game on Saturday.
The Bulldogs were led by Jimmy Cafferty, who twirled five innings of one-hit ball with seven strikeouts and five walks. David McBride and Ben Castillo each tossed a perfect inning of relief with three and one strikeouts, respectively. Castillo also scored once at the plate.
Wyatt Lamarsna went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored, while Ben Baptiste finished 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Jared Cantu recorded a base hit, three stolen bases and a pair of RBIs, Danny Betancourt doubled with an RBI and Dylan Robinson had a base hit.
Daniel Neria etched his name in the record books by tossing a no-hitter in Burbank’s 2-0 Pacific League victory at Crescenta Valley last Friday. He finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed three walks. Betancourt and Joshua DiPietro each tallied a pair of base hits, Cantu registered a base hit and Lamarsna scored once after reaching on a walk.
It was an excellent bounce-back victory for the Bulldogs, who were edged by CVHS in their pre-vious matchup, 2-1. The win sent Burbank (11-5 overall record) into a three-way tie for first in the league standings with Crescenta Valley and Arcadia (7-1 league records).
The Bulldogs are scheduled to match up with Arcadia in a two-game set next week. The first game is at Arcadia on April 12 at 3:30 p.m., with the second contest scheduled at Burbank on Friday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m.
The Bears narrowly lost a nonleague game at Lancaster Paraclete, 3-1, on Monday. JBHS previ-ously routed Castaic, 15-5, in a nonleague game last Saturday.
Visiting Burroughs (11-9 overall, 6-2 in league) collected its sixth Pacific League victory by top-pling a highly touted Arcadia High squad, 5-3, last Friday. No individual statistics were reported to the Burbank Leader.
The win helped the fourth-place Bears move within one game of Burbank, Crescenta Valley and Arcadia (7-1 league records) atop the league standings.
Burroughs is scheduled to play Crescenta Valley in a crucial two-game set next week. JBHS hosts CVHS on Tuesday, April 12, at 3:30 p.m. before traveling to Stengel Field in a Friday night contest on April 15 at 7 p.m.