“It’s cool [to get the no-hitter]. My legs were a little tight in the beginning of the game. I stayed focused with each pitch and I got stronger. I kept the ball down low and had good movement.”
With the win, Burbank improved to 3-3. Hoover, under first-year Coach Brian Esquival, dropped to 1-6.
Villagran struck out the side in the second and fifth innings. He got seven ground-ball outs, including a nifty play by shortstop Dylan Mersola in the fourth. Hoover’s Jonathan Ramos hit a ball up the middle. Mersola ranged to his left out behind second base and made a perfect throw to first to get Ramos by a step.
“Dylan made a good play there,” said Burbank Coach Bob Hart, whose team finished with five stolen bases. “Angel was a little stiff in the beginning and his velocity was down a bit. “Then he got stronger and had good command the rest of the way.”
Burbank, which tied for second in league with Arcadia and qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs last season, finished with 12 hits.
After the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring by John White, they scored seven runs in the third to pad the lead to 8-0.
Burbank made it 2-0 on a run-scoring ground out by Ian McKinnon. Mersola made it 3-0 with an RBI single before Angel Roman hit a two-run double just inside the left-field foul line to extend the advantage to 5-0.
A sacrifice fly to deep center by White made it 6-0. Villagran and CC Okimoto than had back-to-back run-scoring singles to complete the scoring in the inning.
McKinnon hit a lead-off home run to right to make it 9-0. The Bulldogs closed out the scoring on a run-scoring ground-out by Hector Rodriguez.
Esquival said the Tornadoes are in the process of rebuilding.
“We are a young team and we are trying to find ourselves,” Esquival said. “We need to work on our defense more and we will get back at it.
“Tip your cap [to Villagran]. He did a good job keeping us off balance.”
The teams will meet again at 3:30 p.m. April 23 at Hoover.