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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 18, 2013
BURBANK - For the past three years, Burbank High softball Coach Nicole Drabecki thought her team had enough talent to win a Pacific League championship. However, in each of the last three seasons, those title hopes were crushed by cross-town rival Burroughs, which has captured three consecutive league crowns. PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Burbank girls' softball After Thursday's clash against the Indians, Drabecki and the Bulldogs might just be headed for the elusive championship.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 4, 2013
BURBANK - Providence High junior pitcher Sierra Nelson admitted she and her Providence High softball teammates were nervous heading into Monday's game. Fielding a young team that featured just two seniors and one junior, the Pioneers were apprehensive about how they would perform in their season opener against Sherman Indian. Turns out the Pioneers had nothing to worry about. Providence built an early lead and was able to take advantage of pitching struggles by the Braves to earn a 13-6 nonleague victory at Olive Park.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 1, 2012
IRVINE - For two teams that scored runs in bushels and had yet to yield a run throughout the playoffs, one trend figured to dissolve when the Bellarmine-Jefferson High and Pomona Catholic softball squads participated in the CIF Southern Section Division VII championship game Friday afternoon. Entering the contest, the teams combined to outscore their playoff opponents,159-0. What Bell-Jeff hadn't counted on was seeing its power shut off by Pomona Catholic starting pitcher Amber Padilla in its quest to win the program's first CIF title.
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By Hamlet Nalbandyan | July 26, 2006
The high school softball season ended almost two months ago, but for Baillie Kirker, there is no offseason. Not with the three or so games she plays each weekend with her American Pastime travel squad, or the countless hours she spends practicing with the various teams she plays on. Kirker estimates that she plays well over 200 games a year, which she admits doesn't leave her much time for anything else. But if you were wondering how a 14-year-old freshman could dominate so quickly at the varsity level the way Kirker did during the 2006 season, now you know.
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By Jeff Tully | March 1, 2008
BURBANK — The coaching landscape has changed dramatically from last season concerning the four local high schools. Patty Bertole from Bellarmine- Jefferson High is the only returning coach from a year ago. Taking over at Burbank is Nicole Drabecki, who played Division I college softball and coached the junior varsity team at Glendale High. Heading the Burroughs program is Steve Garcia, who spent the last three years as an assistant coach to Dave “Hawk” Wilder at Glendale Community College.
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By Jeff Tully | July 15, 2009
GLENDALE — The Burbank All-Stars didn’t do themselves any favors in the first inning of their District 16 Major Softball Tournament championship game. The locals committed three errors and allowed one walk, opening the door for Crescenta Valley, which was able to push across six runs before Burbank could record its first out. However, undaunted by the early deficit, Burbank battled back, whittling away at the lead through the next three innings, while keeping Crescenta Valley from scoring any more runs.
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By Jonathan Raber | June 16, 2007
GLENDALE — A quick glance at the boxscore and a casual observer might infer that one big inning did in Crescenta Valley Western on Wednesday night. While a seven-run sixth inning by the visiting Burbank Diamonds was game-deciding, it was a miscue in the fourth inning which put Western in a deficit it would not overcome as it fell, 9-2, in the championship game of the District 16 Junior Softball Tri-Cities Tournament of Champions at Scholl Canyon. "In softball, you can't make any mistakes, especially against a good team like Burbank," Western assistant coach Mike Meyer said.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | August 15, 2013
When she arrived at Burbank High as a freshman, Katie Hooper was determined to play multiple sports. Along with softball, Hooper competed in girls' volleyball and girls' soccer. However, after enjoying a successful sophomore season on the diamond for the Bulldogs, Hooper said she began to hear rumblings that she should specialize in one sport and not divert her efforts among multiple endeavors. "There were some people who did tell me that," said Hooper, who earned All-CIF Southern Section Division II honors after batting .539 with 48 hits, 45 runs batted in, 32 runs scored and nine home runs as a sophomore in 2010.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
BURBANK — For the second consecutive year, the summer tour for the Burbank Major All-Stars softball team will be heading out of state. With plenty of clutch pitching, defense and offense, Burbank punched its ticket to the Western Region Tournament on Monday with a pair of victories in the Division 3 Tournament at Monte Vista Little League Fields in Lancaster. Led by Coach Bruce Del Castillo, Section 2-champion Burbank topped Section 8-champion Southridge, 9-3 and 12-1, in the championship series.
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June 30, 2004
Scott Melesky Throughout Sara Larquier's softball career, she has always received love and support from her biggest fan -- her mother, Charna. From her introduction to the game as a 5 year old, through her success at Burroughs High as a three-sport standout, to her time as a Division I softball player at the University of Virginia, Charna was always there for her daughter, through the happy and sad times. On May 26, Charna was there to help celebrate her daughter's most crowning achievement.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
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.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
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. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Burroughs girls' softball 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.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
BURBANK - The Arcadia High softball team accomplished something not many teams have been able to pull off this season against Burbank and ace pitcher Caitlyn Brooks. The Apaches scored a run against the reigning All-Area Player of the Year in the first inning to take an early lead. Although the Bulldogs tallied a run in their half of the first inning, the score was still tied after two innings. Burbank was able to break the game open in the third and tallied six runs over three innings to earn an 8-4 Pacific League victory Tuesday against Arcadia at McCambridge Park.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
GLENDALE - Doug Nicol has seen his share of hard-hit balls around the diamond. On Tuesday, the Burroughs High softball coach saw another one that he likely won't soon forget that helped pave the way for a big first inning for the Indians. Danielle Ryan hit a two-run inside-the-park home run high off the 40-foot chain-linked fence at Glendale High to spark visiting Burroughs to a convincing 16-3 victory against Glendale in a Pacific League game called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
GLENDALE - Burbank High softball Coach Mike Delaney and Glendale Coach Greg Martin walked into distinctly different situations when they took over their respective programs this season. For Delaney, a longtime coach at Village Christian, he took over a squad fresh off winning a Pacific League championship and chalk full of experienced players, including a standout junior pitcher in All-CIF Southern Section and All-Area Player of the Year Caitlyn Brooks. Conversely, Martin inherited a team that didn't make the playoffs in 2013 after placing fifth and half the players on the roster were underclassmen.
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April 15, 2014
SOFTBALL Arcadia 10, Burroughs 6 (10 innings) : The Indians dropped their first Pacific League game of the season in an extra-inning loss Tuesday at Olive Park. Burroughs (12-4-1, 4-1 in league) - ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division III - scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extras. Down in the eighth, 6-4, the Indians pushed across two runs to stay alive. The Indians had 16 hits, but also committed five errors. Michelle Santiago was four for six with two doubles and four runs scored and Kaitlin Okimoto was two for five with a double and three RBI. Burbank 11, Hoover 1 (five innings)
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From Staff Reports | April 10, 2014
SOFTBALL Burroughs 22, Muir 0 (five innings): The Indians banged out 17 hits en route to the easy Pacific League win Thursday at Olive Park. Naelyse Garcia and Cheyenne Steward combined for the one-hitter. Both also had big days offensively, as Garcia had three hits, three runs and a run batted in, while Steward had two hits, three RBI and three runs. Jessica Little had four RBI, two runs and two hits, Kaitlin Okimoto had three RBI, three runs and two hits and Aimee Rodriguez had three RBI, two hits and a run. BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD Burbank 115, Glendale 21: The host Bulldogs notched a Pacific League victory Wednesday.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
Good things seem to happen when Sofia Palacios steps into the batter's box. The senior first baseman enjoyed one of her best performances of the season at the plate Thursday for the Bellarmine-Jefferson softball team. Palacios finished with four hits and drove in five runs to power visiting Bell-Jeff to a lopsided 9-0 victory against rival St. Anthony in a Santa Cruz League matchup at Pan American Park in Long Beach. “With Sofia, she's our biggest hitter,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Florencio Galindo, whose team improved to 8-3-2 and 2-0 in league and is ranked No. 1 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division VI poll.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
BURBANK - Thus far in the Pacific League season, the Burbank High softball team, seen as the favorite by most to repeat as league champion, has run roughshod over some overmatched competition. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Crescenta Valley girls' league softball On Thursday afternoon, the Bulldogs faced their most arduous opposition yet, but behind a stellar effort in the circle from junior pitcher Caitlyn Brooks and some early offense, Burbank still looked impressive in a 3-0 win over Crescenta Valley at McCambridge Park.
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