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.
“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.