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Meyer pitches Burroughs baseball to win against Burbank

Baseball: Indians score game's only run in first inning to earn 1-0 Pacific League win against Bulldogs.

April 25, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — Hits were at a premium and pitching took center stage Friday when the Burroughs High baseball team squared off against Burbank in the first cross-town rivalry game of the season.

While the Indians received a masterful performance from submarine starter Cole Meyer, the Bulldogs got a solid performance from their pitcher, Randy Higgens. Between the two, they surrendered just two hits apiece.

Burroughs was able to take advantage of a Burbank error in the first inning to score the contest's lone run, as the Indians walked off their homefield with a 1-0 Pacific League victory.

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Meyer was able to get the best of his counterpart on the hill, going the distance to record a two-hitter. The senior transfer from Las Vegas surrendered back-to-back singles in the first inning and allowed just one baserunner the rest of the game.

Meyer, who had eight strikeouts and walked just one, seemed to get stronger as the contest wore on. After the first inning, the only Burbank baserunner to reach base was Conner Lockheimer, who drew a walk in the third inning. The Burroughs right-hander retired 19 of the final 20 Bulldogs batters he faced.

"Being the rivalry, deep down inside I was trying to contain my excitement, but I was really hyped and I couldn't wait for this one," Meyer said. "I just tried to take a deep breath and tried and take it like a regular game. I just tried to have tunnel vision with my catcher.

"After that first inning, I started to really get on top of my fastball and I got the strike zone figured out. I just had to get the feel of the game. My slider was really working today; when I was 0-2 I think I threw it every time."

While Meyer was doing his thing for the Indians (10-9, 4-4 in league), Higgens, a junior, was also turning in a fine effort for Burbank (5-12, 3-5). Higgens went five innings, allowing two hits, while striking out three and walking one.

"Higgens is a quality baseball player and I hate to see him get the loss after pitching as well as he did," said Burroughs Coach Craig Sherwood, who served as an assistant at Burbank under coach Bob Hart before taking over the Indians program this season. "He did a great job and he should be proud of the way he pitched."

Meyer's only hiccup came in the first inning. With two out, he gave up consecutive singles to Cameron Briggs and Higgens. However, he was able to get out of the jam by inducing a groundout to first base.

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