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Early deficit too much for Burroughs baseball to overcome versus Arcadia

Baseball: Errors enable Arcadia to score four runs in first inning of Indians' 4-2 loss.

April 15, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

ARCADIA — Still in the first round of Pacific League play, the Burroughs High baseball team isn't about to panic just yet.

Coming into league competition Tuesday, the Indians were tied for third place in league, just one game behind the Apaches and two behind league-leading Pasadena.

Burroughs was hoping to jump into the thick of title contention with a game against host Arcadia. However, the Indians missed their chance.

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Two errors in the first inning allowed the Apaches to score four runs and the Indians were never able to fully battle back, absorbing a 4-2 loss on the road.

With his team sitting at 8-7 and 2-3 in the Pacific League, Burroughs Coach Craig Sherwood said there is still plenty of baseball left to be played this season when it comes to earning a postseason berth.

"There are no panic buttons for us yet," said Sherwood, who is in his first season. "There are four playoff spots at stake in the Pacific League and we are still in the running for one of them. We are right in it, we're not done and we got a lot more games to play yet.

"There are a lot of good teams in the Pacific League and it's nice to see that the league has really been improving."

Burroughs' loss to Arcadia (10-7, 4-1) overshadowed a solid pitching performance from Ben Hobson, who was able to keep the Indians in the game. Despite his defense failing him in the first inning, Hobson went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs and eight hits while striking out four and walking two.

"After the first inning, they didn't score again and our pitcher did a good job," Sherwood said. "He stayed right with his game plan and he battled really hard. He just did a great job on the mound and that's what kept us in the game."

Two Burroughs errors and two Apaches hits allowed the hosts to push across four runs in the bottom of the first.

The Indians were kept off the scoreboard until the fourth inning when they embarked on a two-out rally. Noah Hoed started things off with a single to center field before putting himself in scoring position by stealing second. Hoed scored when Kevin Navarro fisted a flair over the first baseman's head into right field. Navarro scored two batters later on a base hit through the left side by Roy Hirota (two for three with a run batted in).

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