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Burbank softball blasts past Crescenta Valley

Softball: Bulldogs use two home runs, six-run second innings, to down Falcons, 10-2.

April 30, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

BURBANK — While the likes of Arcadia High, Burroughs and Crescenta Valley are jockeying for Pacific League softball playoff positioning, Burbank, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division III, continues to ride roughshod over the league.

The Bulldogs provided further evidence of that on Tuesday afternoon, taking a big step forward in the hopes of clinching a league crown, as they used big innings, powerful and opportunistic offense and the steady, if not spectacular, arm of Caitlyn Brooks to roll to a 10-2 league win over Crescenta Valley at McCambridge Park.

“I think we take it game by game,” said Brooks of the team’s approach to grabbing the league title, which the Bulldogs can do with wins Wednesday against Pasadena and Friday against Arcadia after improving to 20-2, 10-0 in league. “I definitely want to win league for the seniors and every girl on the team that’s working hard. That what we’re trying to do is win as a team and work hard.”

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Brooks dazzled in the circle and at the plate. She twirled a complete game, allowing two runs, six hits, one walk and struck out 10. At the dish, she had a double, a home run, three runs batted in and three runs scored.

“I’m her No. 1 fan. It’s an absolute joy and pleasure to coach her and watch her,” said Bulldogs Coach Nicole Drabecki, whose team can clinch a share of the league title this week with Burroughs (8-2 in league) in second and Crescenta Valley (11-9-1, 7-3) and Arcadia (7-3) tied for third. “I have girls who believe in themselves, willing to work hard and willing to not be selfish.”

Burbank had nine hits, including two home runs, and piled on six unearned runs thanks to four Crescenta Valley errors.

The Bulldogs posted six runs in the second to essentially put the game away early, but truly set an ominous tone for the Falcons in the first, when Brooks and Katie Hooper reached base on consecutive errors with no outs. A sacrifice fly and Jazmin Orozco (two hits, RBI, run) single later and it was 2-0.

“They hit the ball right to us three times in a row and we dropped it twice,” said Falcons Coach Mark Samford. “When you play a team that’s this good, there’s no room for shenanigans.”

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