Bears Edge Arcadia; Bulldogs Blanked by CVHS

Photo by Sebastian Moore / Burbank Leader | Burroughs High School senior Kelsey Acosta collected a base hit and a stolen base to help the Bears edge Arcadia, 2-1.

First published in the April 16 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burroughs High School varsity softball team picked up a crucial 2-1 Pacific League victory at Arcadia on Tuesday, moving to within 2.5 games behind Arcadia and Crescenta Valley for first place in the standings.

Arcadia entered the matchup previously unbeaten, but that changed behind a dominant pitching performance by senior Kelsey Acosta. She went the distance, allowing one earned run on seven hits while recording five strikeouts to earn the win. Her lone blemish was a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth but otherwise worked around the base runners to help the Bears claim a victory. Acosta also recorded a base hit and a stolen base at the plate.

Senior Isabella Scozzola paced the offense with a pair of hits, including a double and an RBI, while sophomore Gizelle Rangsiyawong collected a double. Sophomore Mia Ramirez tallied a base hit, an RBI and a run scored, junior Rachel Little posted a base hit and junior Lily Lewis scored once.

Third-place Burroughs (16-6 overall record, 5-2 in league), ranked No. 4 in this week’s CIF-SS Division IV poll, will host Burbank in a league rematch on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m.

Photo by Sebastian Moore / Burbank Leader | Burbank junior Samantha Buckley applies the tag on a CV base runner to complete a double play in a loss to Crescenta Valley High.

BURBANK

The Bulldogs returned to action after a six-day hiatus and lost a Pacific League game to visiting Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta, 7-0, on Tuesday.

Junior Samantha Buckley collected a double, while senior Hannah Zacariaz and sophomore Kara Valencia each tallied a base hit for Burbank. Meanwhile, sophomore Belinda Lujano reached on a four-pitch walk to open the bottom half of the first inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Emma Mendoza.

Fourth-place Burbank (11-12 overall, 4-4 in league) will visit Burroughs in the second of a three-game set on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs previously lost the first matchup between the two schools, 6-1, last week on April 6.