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Burroughs High baseball comes alive late against Glendale

Baseball: Indians score four runs over final two innings in picking up 4-1 Pacific League win at Nitros' expense.

April 23, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
(Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK — An opportunity to move into a tie for fourth place awaited the Burroughs and Glendale high baseball teams before Tuesday's Pacific League game.

While the visiting Nitros struck first, they did not take advantage of several opportunities, which allowed the Indians to rally for four runs over the last two innings in a come-from-behind 4-1 victory at Tomahawk Field.

With the win, Burroughs improved to 9-9 overall and 3-4 in league heading into Friday's cross-town showdown with Burbank (5-11, 2-5), while Glendale (5-12-1, 2-5) will also hope to recover versus archrival Hoover (10-7, 3-4) on Friday.

"Our approach at the plate just wasn't very good early on, especially with Glendale's pitcher throwing strikes," Burroughs first-year skipper Craig Sherwood said. "We weren't waiting on pitches, we were out in front.

"Maybe our biggest break is when Glendale brought in a little harder thrower because we got on top of some pitches."

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Glendale held a 1-0 lead through five and a half innings thanks to a productive effort from starting pitcher Ethan Howard, who had scattered two hits while allowing no runs before the bottom of the fifth.

Yet, Howard surrendered a lead-off double to Burroughs' Tyler Renta to begin the fifth and was pulled in favor of reliever Javier Aguayo.

The move initially appeared to stem an Indians' surge, as Aguayo recorded two infield outs that only advanced Renta to third.

Burroughs' next hitter, Anthony Bocanegra, then dropped a successful bunt down the third-base line that not only secured the Indians' lead-off hitter a single, but allowed Renta to score when a throw to first base sailed into foul territory along the right-field foul line.

Bocanegra advanced to second on the gaffe and then scored on a two-out double from Cameron Rodriguez that put the Indians ahead for good, 2-1.

"Our approach was to stay away from off-speed and just look fastball and it worked," said Renta, who finished two for three with a double, two runs scored and one RBI.

Renta followed through an inning later with a run-scoring double that plated pinch-runner Tyler Lewis and put Burroughs up, 3-1, in the sixth. Renta later scored in the inning on a single from Anthony Robles (two for three with a run batted in) as Burroughs finished five for 10 with runners in scoring position with three RBI.

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