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.
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."