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Burroughs High softball splits double dip against Canyon Springs

Softball: Productive day for Indians sees them collect 8-2 win before 9-5 loss.

March 19, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Burbank Leader

BURBANK — Burroughs High’s softball team welcomed CIF Southern Section Division I opponent Canyon Springs for a nonleague doubleheader at Olive Park in the host’s final games before spring break.

The Indians came away with a split against the Cougars Wednesday, pulling away late in the first game for an 8-2 win before dropping the back half of the twin bill, 9-5.

“I’m really happy about the whole day. I think we were winners today,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “I was able to get lots of girls in in certain positions the second game and see how they would react against a good team. You don’t always have that opportunity. ... That’s why we play doubleheaders, because it gives us that opportunity.”

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In game one, Burroughs, ranked No. 9 in CIF-Southern Section Division III, broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Indians then pushed across four more in the sixth, with a two-run triple by Sabrina Espitia starting the scoring, for an 8-1 advantage. Indians senior Cheyenne Steward went the distance in the circle to pick up the win.

“[Steward] did great and she’s hurting,” Nicol said. “She’s got a strained groin; you saw her limping out there. She hasn’t given up more than [a couple] runs the last three or four games. She’s pitched awesome and we expect more of the same. She’s a senior; this is her year.”

Game two saw the Indians (5-3) dig themselves an early four-run hole, only to dig out of it to draw even before promptly falling into another four-run hole they could not climb out of. After yielding four first-inning runs, Burroughs trailed, 5-1, in the fourth inning when Michelle Santiago came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded. The junior hammered a triple to right-center field and then came all the way around when the throw home eluded the Canyon Springs catcher to tie the contest at 5.

“[The Cougars pitcher] pitched it low and I usually don’t like low, but I think I just got under it enough to hit it out,” Santiago said. “I’m kind of slow, so anyone else it would have been a home run.”

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