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Burroughs baseball halts skid against Pasadena

Baseball: Indians take advantage of Bulldogs' pitching woes to notch 6-4 Pacific League win at home.

April 26, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Miles Haddad pitches the ball during a game against Pasadena at John Burroughs High School in Burbank on Friday, April 26 2013.
Burroughs' Miles Haddad pitches the ball during… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

BURBANK — In the midst of a two-game skid, the Burroughs High baseball team likely couldn't afford another loss if it hoped to stay in the thick of things among the Pacific League frontrunners.

That made Friday afternoon's league matchup against visiting Pasadena an important contest for the Indians.

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Burroughs was able to respond, taking advantage of Pasadena pitching problems and receiving a solid performance from starting pitcher Miles Haddad to notch a 6-4 victory.

Burroughs (13-9, 7-2 in league) and Crescenta Valley (15-7, 7-2) — which defeated Hoover, 11-1, on Friday — still trail league-leading Burbank (13-9, 8-1), which got by Glendale, 8-0, on Friday.

"At this point in the season, a lot of teams have a chance and are in the hunt, so everybody's scraping and clawing for the wins," Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes said. "I think if you're in the top five in league right now you have a shot at winning it. That means that every game you have to bring it and you can't let up against anybody."

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While the Indians are trying to stay in contention to capture their first league championship since 1997 — when they were members of the Foothill League — the Bulldogs (11-10, 4-5) are just trying to stay alive in the race for an automatic playoff spot.

"Next week is going to be important for us," Pasadena Coach Mike Parisi said. "We have three games and we have to win two of those three games to still be in it. There is still a chance that we can be one of that group in league.

"It's been a frustrating season for us. Some guys want it and are working their butts off and other guys don't want it. We just have to find a way to do it over these last few games."

A group of four Pasadena pitchers had a difficult time keeping the Burroughs batters in check Friday. The Bulldogs hurlers combined to issue seven walks and hit four Burroughs batters.

"Eleven free passes with either walks or hit batters?," Parisi said. "There's no way you're going to win when you do that."

While the Bulldogs pitchers struggled, Haddad turned in a steady performance for the Indians. The side-arm-throwing right-hander went six innings, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out three.

Haddad also took his lumps on the day, but not on the mound. During one at-bat, he took a foul tip off his left hand and during another trip to the plate he was hit on the same hand.

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