Burbank falls to Arcadia 9-3


Fresh off a 7-5 win over Burroughs, the Arcadia Apaches were determined to maintain pressure at the top of the Pacific League. Burbank, on the other hand, was coming off a 4-3 win over the Falcons of Crescenta Valley High School and trying to extend its win streak to three. Prior to Tuesday afternoon’s rematch, Arcadia beat Burbank in the 8th inning with the final score of 3-2 in their first meeting in March. The April 25th matchup, however, was not a tight affair, as the Apaches ran away with a 9-3 victory.

Arcadia got the scoring started in the top of the 1st inning when Tiara Westbrook hit a double to bring home Lawryn Chen. Fast forward to the top of the 4th inning, Apaches Catcher Gisselle Lai hit an opposite-field solo homer off of Burbank Ace pitcher Maddison Kellogg to help Arcadia extend the lead to 7-1. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Burbank scored on a 2-run homer by Catcher Shelby Cribbs to left field as the Bulldogs tried to rally. Arcadia scored another 2 runs which was spread out while Burbank failed to score the rest of the way.

The Apaches Sophia Herrera struck out 7 batters and limited the Bulldogs to three runs while Kellogg went six innings and struck out three batters while allowing a season-high 9 runs. Samantha Cafferty came on in relief of Kellogg and struck out one batter in her outing in the top of the 7th. Arcadia head coach All Gills shared his thoughts on the team’s win over Burbank, “We’re grinding out at-bats right now, the last 2 games against Burroughs and Burbank, we’re making pitchers work and getting deep into counts making the opposing pitchers throw a lot of pitches as we’re not swinging at a lot of bad pitches… we’ve been preaching this all season and the girls are coming together, and having good at-bats and putting traffic on the bases.” He also called ace pitcher Sophia Herrera a tough competitor when asked about her 7-inning performance. Gills praised Lai for her 3-hit performance and said that the girls were having fun with their cowboy hat celebration following her home run in the 4th inning.

Melissa Sanchez spoke about her team’s loss to Arcadia, “Our pitching was a little bit rocky up to this start, once we were chasing more than four (runs) against a great team like Arcadia, it’s like chasing touchdowns in football. We hit the ball great and made contact with the bat offensively, but chasing a lot of runs is not something that we want to do.” Assistant Coach Daisy Beltran admitted that the girls came out flat and didn’t take care of home-field advantage. Sanchez also said that Shelby Cribbs has been making a lot of adjustments with her swing at the plate when asked about Cribbs’ homer in the bottom of the 4th inning.

With the loss, Burbank falls to 14-10 overall and 4-4 in league, while Arcadia improves to 18-5 overall and 7-1 in league. With this win, Arcadia swept Burbank in the season series. The final games this week will decide the Pacific League title, as Arcadia has a 2-game series with third-place Crescenta Valley, and Burbank closes at home with Senior Night hosting the league leading Burroughs Bears. The Apaches and Falcons play on Thursday and Friday afternoon, with each team hosting one contest respectively.

The Pacific League title scene wraps up with the following scenarios. Arcadia needs to win both games against Crescenta Valley to have a chance to claim the league title outright. A series split could still see the Apaches a share of the Pacific League title with Burroughs if the Bears lose to Burbank on Thursday. If Burroughs defeats Burbank on Thursday, the Bears will clinch at least a share of the title.

No matter the outcome of the remaining regular season games, all four teams are expected to be in the CIF Playoffs. Burroughs and Arcadia will most likely be hosting home games in the first round, due to their strong records.

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