Delilah Alverado's go ahead RBI Single wins it for Burbank over Crescenta Valley 4-3

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The Burbank Bulldogs entered their marquee Pacific League softball showdown fresh off a 1-0 win over Sierra Canyon. Their opponent, the Crescenta Valley Falcons dominated in a 13-3 win over John Muir High School in Pasadena. The last time both teams played, the Falcons beat the Bulldogs by the final of 1-0 in 13 innings with Burbank ace pitcher Maddison Kellogg striking out 22 batters.

In Thursday’s afternoon’s game against CV, Kellogg struck out 11 batters in 7 innings pitched. She allowed 2 unearned runs in the 3rd inning when Jaden Sabglios and Melia Reddy both scored on an error by catcher Shelby Cribbs. Cribbs attempted to pick off Sabglios at 3rd base, but the ball got away, allowing both runners to come home and the Falcons to take the lead, as they got the scoring started in the top of the 3rd inning. Falcons starting pitcher Carley Mulcahey struck out 5 batters in 6 innings pitched and allowed 4 runs in the loss for the Falcons.

The Bulldogs scored in the fourth and sixth innings with clutch hitting. Samantha Buckley hit a 2-run RBI double in the 4th to tie the game at 3, and Deliah Alverado hit an RBI infield single as Eliza Bowren scored the go-ahead run in the 6th. The Falcons threatened to extend the game in the top of the 7th inning. Mila Reddy led off the inning with a walk and Jaden Sabgolios followed that with a triple, but Reddy was called out at home plate on the relay throw from Buckley. Kellogg then struck out Hailey Khron and Jasmine Hernandez to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.. Burbank Head Coach Melissa Sanchez shared her thoughts on the team’s win over CV, “It was definitely bumpy, and it was an ugly win, but at the end of the day, a win is a win,” she said, “Maddison was tough on the circle but was in a bit of pain, but she did what the team needed, and the team brought the sticks as the offense got hot at the right time during the middle part of the game.” When asked about the rally in the bottom of the 4th inning, she told the girls to stick together and to give Kellogg the run support that she needs.

With the win, Burbank has split the season series with CV and improves their record to 14-9 overall and 4-3 in Pacific League Play which keeps them in 4th place while CV drops to 13-9 Overall and 5-2 in Pacific League Play and now sits in 3rd place in the Pacific League. Burroughs’ loss to Arcadia by the final of 7-5 on Thursday afternoon means that the Bears are still in 1st place, while the league standings have tightened. Arcadia remains in 2nd place and Crescenta Valley sits in 3rd Place, with both teams still with a chance at passing the Bears for the top spot. Burbank takes 4th in the league, with an opportunity to move up, but without a clear path to win the Pacific League.

Expect all four teams to qualify for automatic bids in the CIF Playoffs regardless of position. Those spots will be determined in the final week of regular season play. The Burbank Bulldogs will take on the Arcadia Apaches on Tuesday, April 25th 2023, at McCambridge Park Field 2 with first pitch at 3:15 PM, while the Crescenta Valley Falcons will host the Burroughs Bears back home with first pitch at 3:30 PM on the same day. A lot will be on the line next week for all four teams as the Pacific League Championship will be decided next week. The Falcons will close the season out with Arcadia in a two-game series next Wednesday April 26th 2023, and Thursday April 27th 2023, while Burbank will close its season out with Burroughs next Thursday April 27th 2023.

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