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Emphatic win for Indians

Softball: Burroughs take big step in defending its league title by beating Crescenta Valley, 8-2.

April 01, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

OLIVE PARK — With Burroughs High entering Thursday's Pacific League game as the reigning league champion and Crescenta Valley coming in as, arguably, as the league's hottest team, the showdown certainly had its fair share of implications.

And though there's still plenty of season left, concluding Thursday's action with an 8-2 win over the visiting Falcons at Olive Park, proved to be a rather emphatic victory for the Indians.

"It's one thing to talk about being league champs and beating CV and having a target on your backs, but it's another to experience it," Burroughs first-year Coach Doug Nicol said. "I'm excited about what we're gonna do going forward."

Going back, the Indians (8-3, 4-0 in league) had lost their previous encounter last season with the Falcons (9-2, 3-1), who had a 13-game league winning streak snapped on Thursday.

With pitchers Erin Ashby of CV and Heather Haynes of Burroughs engaging in an early pitchers' duel, the game turned when the Indians drew first blood on an Allie Grimaldo run in the third. After reaching base on a one-out infield single, Grimaldo (two hits) scored from first on a ball put in play by Victoria Santos that skipped through the second baseman. It was the first of four errors on the day for the Falcons, giving them a 1-0 deficit to emerge from and setting an ominous tone.

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"I think with the defense, you can't let it affect the rest of the game," said Ashby, who was charged with all eight runs, only half of which were earned. "Offense is the key to winning any game."

And the offense for Burroughs proved opportunistic, while the CV offense was held stagnant by Haynes, who went the distance, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out seven, walking two and hitting two.

"I think Heather did an amazing job," said Burroughs' Haley Schulman, who had two of her team's nine hits and knocked in two runs and scored one. "That was really good that we were able to keep them to two runs."

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