GLENDALE — The Burbank Nationals major baseball team won all 19 of its games during the regular season. So when coach Thomas Magoon's squad lost its opening-round contest of the Tri-Cities Tournament, it still believed it could win six straight to capture the title.
The Nationals are one win away from finishing a memorable season with a championship.
Despite allowing a crushing solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, the Nationals rallied once again, riding Blaine Traxel's dominant pitching performance and taking advantage of a pair of errors in the top of the sixth to defeat Crescenta Valley Gangi, 2-1, on Wednesday at Babe Herman Field.
Gangi and the Nationals will play an if-necessary title game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Babe Herman Field.
“We just had to take it game by game, inning by inning, pitch by pitch,” Magoon said. “There is no reason why we couldn't drop down and win out.”