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Softball: Burroughs defeats Burbank, 5-3, to earn second-straight league crown.

May 14, 2011|By Jeff Tully,
(Libby Cline Special…)

OLIVE PARK — The Burroughs High softball team definitely had more to lose in its cross-town rivalry game against Burbank.

A win against the Bulldogs would give the Indians a share of the Pacific League championship with Crescenta Valley.

For the Bulldogs, they already had the third-place spot in league locked up, and they were looking to play the role of spoiler.

What started out as a defensive struggle changed dramatically in the fourth inning when Burroughs' Hailee White rocketed a grand slam that ended up being the difference in a 5-3 Indians' win at Olive Park.

The victory gave Burroughs (19-7, 13-1 in league) a share of the title with the Falcons (21-3, 13-1). It was the Indians' second straight championship after winning the crown outright in 2010.

"The girls really wanted to win their second straight league championship," Burroughs first-year Coach Doug Nicol said. "That was something that was very important to them."


Burbank (12-13, 10-4), which pushed the Indians to extra innings in the teams' first meeting of the year last month, fell behind, 5-0, heading into the seventh inning. But the Bulldogs mounted a comeback attempt that yielded three runs in the final frame.

"These girls could have given up and just went home with a 5-0 loss, but they fought back and they really worked for those three runs in the seventh," Burbank Coach Nicole Drabecki said. "I am so extremely proud of this team. They showed me a lot with the way they fought back."

White, the Indians' third baseman, definitely had the hit of the night. After teammate Sidney Ortega singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, Taylor Buliavac was hit by a pitch and Haley Schulman reached first on an error to load the bases. With a 2-1 count and the Burbank infield playing in, White powered a Crystal Diaz pitch into the gap between first and second base.

When the Bulldogs were finally able to retrieve the ball, the bases had cleared and White had a grand slam.

"I told Hailee if [the Burbank pitcher] makes a mistake, you go out and get it," Nicol said. "She is a real gap hitter, and with the infield in, that was a perfect opportunity for her. That was a very big hit from her."

The Indians tacked on a single run in the fifth inning when Shannon Trujillo singled and scored on a triple to centerfield by Buliavac.

Heather Haynes and Allie Grimaldo had singles for Burroughs.

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