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Burroughs High softball perseveres in win against Crescenta Valley

Softball: Missing key players, Indians use two big innings to earn 10-4 Pacific League victory over Falcons.

April 29, 2014|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

BURBANK — If there was a good time for the Crescenta Valley High softball team to get to a Burroughs High squad that was reeling, Tuesday’s Pacific League contest was the perfect opportunity.

The Indians were fresh off a loss last week to rival Burbank. To make matters worse, the team was without its all-league starting catcher after she was thrown out of the game against the Bulldogs and was forced to sit out the contest against the Falcons. She was one of four players missing from the Burroughs roster for various reasons Tuesday.

With both teams tied for second in league, it was a chance for Crescenta Valley to make a move.

However, Burroughs was steadfast, as it used two big innings to turn back the Falcons, 10-4, in a game at Olive Park.

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“This performance by our team is truly one of the proudest moments of my coaching career,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “We have lost four starters in the course of two weeks … and I challenged the girls in this game. I told them that this was their opportunity to prove to everyone that they are a team and they need to show that.

“We had some girls who really came up big in this game and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The win puts Burroughs (15-5-1, 7-2 in league), which is ranked No. 8 in this week’s CIF Southern Section Division III poll, in second place alone in league, just a game ahead of Crescenta Valley (13-9, 6-3).

Burroughs was able to put the ball in play for most of the game against Falcons starting pitcher Olivia Thayer, as the Indians had just two strikeouts in the contest.

“They are a very good hitting team,” Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said. “We can hit the ball as well, we just didn’t do that today. We spend a lot of time on hitting and they should be able to hit a pitcher like the one they saw today. It’s disappointing, because we didn’t hit the ball like [Burroughs] did. We hit a lot of pop-ups and chopping ground balls.”

The Indians used two big innings to account for nine of their 10 runs.

With catcher Michelle Santiago sidelined and serving the suspension, the Indians called upon sophomore Brianna Devellano to start behind the dish. Devellano came through, going two for four with a run scored and two runs batted in.

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