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Errors fuel Burroughs softball win at Glendale's expense

Softball: Mistakes from Nitros fuel eight-run, two-inning surge for Indians in 11-1 Pacific League victory in five innings.

April 01, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Burroughs' Coach Doug Nicol high fives Sidney Ortega, who safely reached third base against Glendale in a Pacific League softball game at Olive Park in Burbank on Tuesday. Burroughs won the game, 11-1. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs' Coach Doug Nicol high fives Sidney Ortega,…

BURBANK — Perhaps the smallest and yet most complex difference that separated the Burroughs High and Glendale softball teams in Tuesday afternoon’s Pacific League opener was defense.

Even simpler put, the young Nitros committed five errors, while the more veteran Indians minimized their one mistake in an 11-1 win called after five innings at Jack Smock Field at Olive Park in Burbank.

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“Our game plan was to just go there, pitch to contact and play solid defense behind [starting pitcher] Cheyenne Steward and we did that,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said after his CIF Southern Section Division III 10th-ranked team improved to 9-3-1 overall. “We’re a real strong defensive team and knew we could back up Cheyenne.”

On the flip side, the contest unraveled in the third and fourth innings for Glendale (8-2), which committed four errors and surrendered eight runs in falling behind, 9-1.

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With the contest tied at 1 in the bottom of the third, Nitros pitcher Jordan Lousararian (5-1) began by recording a flyout to right and what should have been a second out on a grounder that was booted in the infield.

The miscue allowed Burroughs multi-sport athlete Sidney Ortega to reach first and then advance to second on a single from Steward.

Both Ortega and Steward eventually scored on another infield error, while Kaitlin Okimoto, who followed Steward in the batting order, also came home on an infield error, as Burroughs scored three runs in an inning in which the Indians collected only one hit in taking a 4-1 advantage.

“It was that third inning, where we had a streak of three errors, where we really lost our focus,” Glendale High first-year Coach Greg Martin said. “Burroughs is an excellent team fundamentally and they took advantage of every single one of our errors.”

The Indians proved that statement true an inning later when they tacked on five runs and rolled to a 9-1 advantage after four.

Burroughs commenced with back-to-back doubles from Kailanie Oasay and leadoff batter Michelle Santiago that plated one run.

A walk to Ortega (two runs) was followed by another infield error that allowed Santiago to score as Burroughs plated three more runs on a run-scoring single from Okimoto (two runs and one RBI) and consecutive run-scoring outs from Aimee Rodriguez and Delaney Nicol.

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