"I was getting ahead of hitters and I was getting them to hit my pitch instead of getting their pitch," Starkand said. "I was getting ahead with my fastball and then once I got ahead I was using my off-speed pitch. My infield was also making the plays behind me."
Starkand went the distance, striking out four and walking three in seven innings of work. The senior was unflappable over the course of the first five innings, limiting the Indians (7-10, 4-2 in league) to just a pair of infield hits and retiring 15 of the 16 batters that he faced (one Burroughs baserunner was thrown out at second base). In addition, he didn't allow an Indians runner past first base in six of the seven innings.
"He just pitched outstanding. I couldn't be happier for him," Burbank Coach Bob Hart said. "When you're dictating instead of reacting, that helps a lot."
Starkand did get into trouble in the fifth inning. However, the hurler got out of the jam unscathed after a controversial call. Chris Davies walked to open the fifth. That was followed by a base hit to right field by Dillon Disiere and a walk by Brian Pozos. Dylan Goldsack than came to the plate to face Starkand with the bases loaded and no outs. Goldsack powered a grounder to the shortstop, who, seeing he would not likely get a motoring Davies at home with the throw, instead flicked the ball to second to get the out.
On the play, Pozos got tangled up with the second baseman, which resulted in an interference call. Goldsack was not only called out at first, but Davies was sent back to third and Burroughs didn't get credit for the run.
Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes said he didn't think there was any interference by his baserunner on the play.