ARCADIA — Facing elimination in the Section 2 Tournament on Monday, the Burbank 10-11 Baseball All-Star team had to go with ace pitcher Blaine Traxel.
Fortunately for Burbank, it was able to pick up a victory to stay alive on a solid outing by Traxel. Unfortunately, the locals had to go into Tuesday's championship contest with their star hurler unable to take the mound because of Little League limitations placed on pitchers.
As a result, the Sherman Oaks hitters feasted on a trio of Burbank pitchers, and when the dust cleared, Burbank had absorbed a 15-0 loss at Longden Field that ended its season.
The scheduled six-inning game was called after four innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Tuesday's contest was a rematch of a second-round tournament matchup between the two squads Sunday. In that game, Sherman Oaks rolled to an 11-1 victory.
"I think we could have had a 12-year-old pitcher and they would have still hit us," said Burbank Manager Tom Magoon, whose team won the District 16 title. "They are a very good hitting team and their hitters are just so good with two strikes. I think they purposely wait to get two strikes because that's when they seem to come alive. No matter where you pitched them, inside, outside, up and down, they were able to hit the ball."