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Burbank 10-11 softball loses high-scoring game in Section 2 championship

Softball: Local All-Stars score their share of runs but San Marino does them one better in earning 13-10 win to secure title.

July 11, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

GRANADA HILLS — The Burbank 10-11 All-Stars were given a second chance to win the Section 2 softball championship.

After losing to San Marino Tuesday and falling short of the title, Burbank got a reprieve Wednesday. But the locals would have to beat the same San Marino squad in an if-necessary game to capture the championship.

Burbank hit the ball well and scored its share of runs in the contest. The only problem was San Marino did the same. Using the same small-ball tactics it employed to win Tuesday's contest, San Marino came through Wednesday with a 13-10 victory at the Granada Hills Little League Fields that earned it the Section 2 crown.

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Burbank, the District 16 champion, was also hampered by errors that allowed San Marino — the District 17 champion — to score a portion of its runs.

"They really bunted the ball well," Burbank Coach Kim Dabbadie said of San Marino. "They were able to get those hits and they were able to manufacture some runs.

"But we can't be disappointed with their play, even though we did make some errors. Their spirit was high and they did a lot to even get to this point. They have to be happy with the effort."

Although the Burbank players were pleased with their effort, the loss did sting somewhat.

"We're kind of happy with how well we did," said Burbank left fielder Olivia Oberlander, who was two for three with a walk, a run batted in and two runs scored. "But it's also sad that we didn't win."

San Marino did an excellent job of manufacturing runs. The team bunted often, took extra bases and also capitalized on Burbank mistakes. Because of that, San Marino scored runs in all five of the innings it was up to bat.

Despite San Marino's scoring prowess, Burbank was able to stay in the game until late.

Burbank opened the contest by tallying two runs in the top of the first inning. Natalie Hopper legged out an infield hit and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch. Ashley London reached base on an error and motored home on another wild pitch.

But the lead didn't last long, as San Marino came back to score four runs in its half of the first.

San Marino increased its advantage to 6-2 with two runs in the third.

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