Burbank High softball sweeps La Cañada behind strong effort from Brooks

Softball: Bulldogs hurler allows two runs over 12 innings in 11-1 and 5-1 victories over host Spartans in nonleague double-header.

April 05, 2014|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Burbank Leader
  • Burbank High's Caitlyn Brooks connects with the ball in the first game of a nonleague double-header at La Cañada High on Saturday. Burbank swept La Cañada, 11-1 and 5-1. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Burbank High's Caitlyn Brooks connects with the…

LA CAÑADA — The La Cañada and Burbank High softball teams faced off in a nonleague double-header among area powers before returning to play in the Rio Hondo and Pacific leagues respectively, in which each squad has started with two wins.

“We wanted to play La Cañada. [Spartans Coach KC Mathews] always has a real good, well-coached team and they play good, solid defense,” Burbank Coach Mike Delaney said. “We wanted to have something before going into the heart of our league schedule.”

The visiting Bulldogs, ranked No. 5 in Division III of the CIF-Southern Section, came away with a sweep against the Spartans on Saturday with Bulldogs hurler Caitlyn Brooks going the distance in both wins. Burbank took the opener, 11-1, in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule, before winning the second game, 5-1, which saw Brooks’ bat make the difference in the second half of the double dip.


“[Brooks] is what makes our team go, basically. She is one of those kids,” Delaney, in his first year at Burbank, said. “She is very humble, very team-oriented, but she just goes about her business the right way. That’s hats off to every coach that coached her before.”

The Bulldogs (9-3) called on Brooks to throw every pitch of the twin bill and the reigning All-Area Softball Player of the Year was dominant in both games.

“It’s definitely more difficult,” Brooks said of pitching both halves of the doubleheader. “You get tired near the end. You just have to work on endurance in practice. It’s not as normal to throw 12 innings, but I’ve done it before. You just go out there and do the best you can.”

The junior went the distance in the abbreviated first game, recording her sixth strikeout to end the game after five innings with her team ahead by the required 10 runs. The loss was the first game the Spartans had played in nine days.

“I won’t put that [loss] on the layoff,” Mathews said after the first game. “I thought [Spartans pitcher] Maddy [MacKenzie] threw really well. That’s a tough lineup to get through and they’ve been doing this to teams all year long.”

Brooks was even better in the second game, fanning seven through the first three innings on the way to 13 total strikeouts while yielding just five singles.

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