First published in the May 14 print issue of the Burbank Leader.
The Burroughs High School girls’ varsity softball team survived the second round of the CIF-SS Division IV postseason as senior Kiley Christopher delivered a walk-off, two-RBI double in the left-centerfield gap to help defeat visiting Dos Pueblos of Goleta, 6-5, on Tuesday. She finished the contest with two additional base hits and a run scored.
With the victory, the Bears advanced to a quarterfinal game at Yorba Linda; the result was unavailable by the Burbank Leader’s press deadline and will be included in next week’s issue. If victorious, JBHS (21-9 overall) would advance to a semifinal round and meet either Temple City (21-6 overall) or Orange Vista High of Perris (19-3 overall) on Saturday, May 14.
Burroughs sophomore Gizelle Rangsiyawong collected a base hit and three RBIs, senior Kelsey Acosta tallied two base hits and two RBIs, and senior Isabella Scozzola produced two base hits and two runs scored. Senior pitcher Stevie Dabbadie, who collected a pair of base hits at the plate, allowed five runs (one earned) over 5.1 innings with seven hits, four walks and one strikeout, while senior Kelsey Acosta picked up the win by tossing 1.2 hitless innings in relief with one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Mia Ramirez recorded a pair of base hits, senior Gigi Garcia notched a base hit and sophomore Phoebe Spangler had one RBI.
The visiting Bears previously routed Santa Clara High in Oxnard, 13-3, in a first-round game last Thursday. Spangler finished 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two stolen bases and two additional runs scored, while Acosta went 3-for-4 with a double, three runs, a stolen base and an RBI. Christopher collected three base hits, a run scored and an RBI, Scozzola tallied two base hits, two RBIs and a run scored, and Dabbadie produced a base hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Garcia recorded a base hit, two stolen bases and a run scored, Ramirez and senior Arley Pena each scored once, while the latter added two stolen bases, and sophomore Alyssa Rosales walked once.
The Bulldogs were shut out in their CIF-SS Division IV first-round game at Temple City, 1-0, last Thursday. Burbank concluded the season fourth in the Pacific League with a 5-8 record (12-17 overall).
Junior Samantha Buckley was a force at the plate this season, leading the team in batting average (.397), runs scored (20), hits (31), runs batted in (16), doubles (10), home runs (four), on-base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.705) and OPS (1.194).
Freshman Maddison Kellogg was the team’s top pitcher, posting a 7-12 record and three saves in 24 appearances this season. She finished with a stellar 2.18 ERA and 141 strikeouts across 115.2 innings.
Sophomore Kara Valencia boasted a .360 batting average with 15 RBIs, six doubles, two home runs and 15 runs scored, senior captain Elizabeth Zamora recorded a .329 average with 13 runs and eight RBIs, and sophomore Belinda Lujano batted .318 with 17 runs and four RBIs. Sophomore captain Eliza Bowren had a .301 average with 11 runs and eight RBIs, senior Hannah Zacariaz registered a .289 average with nine runs and seven RBIs, junior Shelby Cribbs produced a .255 average with 12 runs and eight RBIs, and junior Sasha Quintanar had 17 hits, 13 runs and seven RBIs. Sophomore Grace Workman tallied a .385 average (5- for-13) in 12 games, while junior Emma Mendoza had a .263 average (5-for-19) in six games. Workman tallied a 3.99 ERA over 40.1 innings with 41 strikeouts in 12 appearances as a pitcher.