BURBANK — It didn’t matter to Derek Baer what lineup he faced.
The senior goalkeeper for the Burbank High boys’ water polo team knew it would be a challenge facing Flintridge Prep, ranked No. 4 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V poll, on Tuesday in a nonleague home match.
Baer stepped up and answered the call, as he made 12 saves to spark Burbank to a convincing 14-7 victory.
“We knew coming in that it would be a tough matchup and we had to go out there and play our absolute best,” said Baer, who made seven second-half saves. “I needed to focus as much as I could and not think about anything else.
“Our defense did a great job stopping then. This can only be a confidence boost for us going into our league.”
Burbank improved to 3-4. Flintridge Prep dropped to 2-5.
The Rebels competed without four starters Tuesday, including Ethan Vandeventer, Diego Delgado, Jamie Walker and Carlo Sivilotti. Vandeventer, a reigning All-Area pick, and Delgado served one-match suspensions Tuesday for violating a team rule that Flintridge Prep Coach Dan Hare declined to specify. Walker and Sivilotti are recovering from injuries.