The Burbank (11-7, 6-1 in league) win against Burroughs (12-8, 6-1), coupled with a win by Arcadia (14-6, 5-2) on Friday against Crescenta Valley (13-7, 5-2), puts the two city teams atop the league standings.
"We woke up in first place this morning and we'll go to sleep tonight still in first place," Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes said. "But the rest of the way, we can't rely on anyone else to help us out. We need to just control our own destiny and we have to play hard the rest of the way."
Although his team is in the thick of the league-championship race, Burbank Coach Bob Hart isn't one to talk about the situation to his players.
"No, that's not something that we bring up," Hart said. "We just play this game and move on to the next one."
The Bulldogs will be able to move on in first place thanks to the effort of Perez, a senior center fielder. Perez started with a solo home run in the second inning and added a three-run blast — both over the short porch in right-center field — in the fifth to provide the eventual winning margin.
In all, five balls left the yard Friday, every one of them hit to right-center. Burbank's Harry Hernandez had a solo shot in the second inning; Burroughs' Akira Abderrahman hit a three-run homer in the first and teammate Brian Pozos delivered a two-run shot in the sixth.
"The first one that I hit I was just trying to protect and I stuck my bat out and it went over," Perez said. "But the second one I hit pretty hard and it went out."
With a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth with one out, Hernandez reached base on an error. Hector Rodriguez followed with a walk and the bases were cleared with Perez' blast.