Alyssa Rosales walks it off as Burroughs beats Burbank 1-0 in 8 innings


Alyssa Rosales’ walk-off single in the bottom of the 8th inning secured a hard-fought 1-0 win on senior night for the Burroughs Bears over rival Burbank Bulldogs. The Bears and Bulldogs battled through a pitcher’s duel, as both teams’ starting pitchers went the distance, and found their way out of trouble multiple times. The Bears were coming off a 6-1 win over Arcadia that gave them sole possession of first place in the Pacific League. The Bulldogs have now lost four straight, as they entered with a 3 game losing streak after dropping games to Royal, Vasquez, and Camarillo.

Stevie Dabbadie of the Bears and Maddison Kellogg of the Bulldogs were both outstanding in the pitching circle, limiting baserunners and ending scoring threats before they could turn into runs. Dabbadie recorded 6 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched, and Kellogg recorded 4 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched. Kellogg escaped danger in the 4th and 5th innings to keep the game scoreless until allowing the walk-off RBI Single to Rosales, which brought home Dabbadie with the winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Dabbadie stranded runners in scoring position while in the circle in the top of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings, with the 6th being the only inning where she allowed multiple hits all night.

Delilah Alverado, Samantha Buckley, Sasha Quintanar, and Belinda Lujano all had hits in the loss for Burbank. Rosales described her approach when asked about her big hit, “I had to learn from my other at-bats,” she said, “I got intentionally walked one time, and the other 2 times I was chasing, but had to go out there and be patient, wait for my pitch and knew it was going to be my hit and it was the one.” Rosales also stated that she is so proud of the seniors honored before the game - catcher Rachel Little, infielder Lilly Lewis, outfielder Laurel Piper, and pitcher/infielder Dabbadie - and loves them so much, and knows that they will succeed in their future endeavors.

Burroughs Head Coach Doug Nicol also shared his thoughts on Senior night and Rosales’s walk-off RBI, “Senior night was absolutely incredible, to honor those 4 seniors like we did tonight, they felt the love from the Burroughs community which was fun.” he said “As for Alyssa’s hit, I had a feeling that she would do it because she recently has been swinging a good bat, she hasn't gotten the ball really sharp, and has been doing a great job hitting it up the middle lately but almost hit it too hard since Belinda has an elite arm but still sent Stevie home no matter what.”

It was a senior night to remember, as Little, Lewis, Piper, and Dabbadie were all honored pregame with gifts and sharing the moment with their families. Dabbadie will be attending Maloy University in New York and will be playing college softball for them this fall. Little will be attending Utica University and will also play college softball as well. As for Piper and Lewis, they are still undecided on their collegiate futures. Piper said that she had been accepted to Syracuse University but is still deciding on where she will be attending college. Lewis will choose between San Francisco University and El Camino College, but is still deciding if she will play college softball.

The senior night festivities were organized by Burroughs Assistant Coach Sheila Oasay who shared her thoughts on it, “I’m super excited about it but I didn’t do it alone, I did it with the help of the senior moms, and other parents I thought it came out really nice.” Oasay said. When asked about the 4 seniors she said it was going to make her cry, since she has known Lewis, Piper, and Dabbadie since they were 9th graders. Oasay has known Rachel Little since she was a little girl, and also said that she has had the pleasure watching all of them grow up into the fine young ladies that they are now.

The Burroughs Bears improve their record to 18-2 Overall, and 7-0 in Pacific League Play while the Burbank Bulldogs drop their record to 11-9 Overall and 3-3 in Pacific League Play. Burroughs strengthens its possession of first place in the Pacific League while Burbank remains in 4th place in the league. The next time Burbank and Burroughs play will be on April 27th at 6 PM at McCambridge Park Field 2, which will be Senior Night for the Burbank Bulldogs. Burbank next plays a Saturday matinee against Kennedy at 11 AM at Kennedy High School, while Burroughs will take on Valencia on Monday at 3:30 PM at Olive Field 3.

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