BURBANK — A jubilant group of Burbank High baseball team met pitcher Ricky Perez on the mound shortly after he recorded a strikeout that secured a 4-1 victory against rival Burroughs on Friday.
With the win, the Bulldogs clinched a share of the Pacific League title — the program's first since 1991.
With equally high stakes in the other dugout, a disappointed Indians' squad saw their league-title hopes squandered, despite matching the Bulldogs' will in a well-played game at Burroughs.
Both teams will prep for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, but for Burbank Coach Bob Hart and the Bulldogs, they weren't thinking about the future as they celebrated one of the biggest wins in the program's recent history.
"They're gamers," an emotional Hart said after the win that gave the team its first title in 22 years. "They refuse to lose games, and they just come through late in games. I couldn't be more proud."