First published in the April 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burroughs High School varsity baseball team moved into a tie for first in the Pacific League standings after crushing Hoover High of Glendale, 12-1, on Tuesday.
Junior Sebastian Zamora collected a base hit and an RBI while senior Andrew Chapman, senior Mason Medina, junior Nick Forrest, and junior Jarell Bijasa each contributed an RBI. Senior pitcher Gunnar Nichols shut out Hoover over three innings, allowing one hit with four strikeouts, while senior Vasista Dhyasani covered two innings of relief.
The visiting Bears edged Crescenta Valley, 2-1, in a nine-inning league game last Friday. Forrest earned the win, compiling 6.2 innings with five hits, one earned run, two walks and six strikeouts. Zamora, who finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI at the plate, surrendered no runs across 2.1 innings with four hits, one walk with one strikeout. Andrew Chapman posted three hits and a run scored while Medina added a pair of base hits and an RBI. Senior Lim Cebellos, senior Bailey Ewan and Bijasa each produced two base hits, while sophomore Nate Chapman scored once.
JBHS (15-9 overall record, 9-2 in league) will visit third-place Burbank in a crucial intracity rivalry league game on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Burbank’s starting pitcher Josh DiPietro tossed six shutout innings to help blank visiting Muir High of Pasadena, 2-0, in a Pacific League game on Tuesday. He finished with four strikeouts while allowing only three base hits. Meanwhile, Jose Avellaneda, who went 2-for-2 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored on offense, slammed the door to earn the save, retiring all three batters he faced with a pair of punch outs. Second baseman Wyatt Lamarsna tallied a double and a run scored, center fielder Julian Gonzalez collected a pair of base hits, and catcher Jared Cantu had a single.
The Bulldogs were edged by visiting Arcadia, 3-2, in a league game last Friday. Cantu registered a base hit, an RBI and a run scored, while Lamarsna posted a base hit and a run scored. Meanwhile, left fielder Ben Baptiste reached base on a walk and a base hit.
Starting pitcher Daniel Neria did well on the mound, allowing two unearned runs on four walks and no hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Cafferty was tagged with the loss after allowing one earned run on Arcadia’s lone base hit. He walked three batters and struck out three over two innings of work.
The third-place Bulldogs (13-7 overall record, 8-3 in league) will host Burroughs, which is tied for first with Arcadia, on Tuesday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.