BURBANK — Early in its game Thursday against Burroughs High, it looked as if the Burbank softball team, behind ace pitcher Caitlyn Brooks, would pour it on against the Indians.
That scenario appeared evident after the Bulldogs scored five runs in the first three innings of their Pacific League contest against their cross-town rivals.
However, Burroughs pitcher Cheyenne Steward buckled down after some early problems, allowing no hits and just a single baserunner through the final four frames.
Unfortunately for the Indians, they just couldn't give their starting pitcher much run support, as the Bulldogs rode their early advantage to a 5-1 victory in front of an overflow crowd at Olive Park.
Thursday's clash was a battle of the Pacific's League's top teams. The win for the defending-champion Bulldogs (17-3, 8-0 in league) — ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division III — keeps them alone in first place. The Indians, ranked No. 8 in the division, fall to 14-5-1, 6-2.