The Burbank High baseball team got a taste of what it takes to compete with the top teams in the Pacific League last season.
The Bulldogs tied for second place with Arcadia and were competitive with champion Crescenta Valley.
“What we were able to accomplish last season and how we played in league, that is something that we’re looking to build on,” Burbank Coach Bob Hart said. “We are looking to continue that success in league and hopefully carry that over to the playoffs.”
Providence is also coming off a successful year after taking a season off from Liberty League competition. Burroughs returns a solid group from last season’s playoff squad and Bellarmine-Jefferson is adapting with a small squad under the direction of a new coach.
Here is a closer look at the teams.
The Bulldogs (13-10) did lose some key players to graduation. That included first-team all-league pitcher Daniel Starkand, who was 5-3 with a 0.60 earned-run average in 58 innings pitched in league. He surrendered just eight runs (five unearned) and had five shutouts. In addition, he had 41 strikeouts and walked 12. The team also lost all-league catcher Paul Frias (.263 with 15 hits, 11 runs batted in, 12 runs scored and 10 stolen bases).