Burroughs defeats Burbank 3-0 to win a share of the Pacific League Championship
The Burroughs Bears, fresh off a 12-0 win over the Crescenta Valley Falcons, were determined to beat the Burbank Bulldogs for the second time in 2 weeks and clinch at least a share of the Pacific League Championship. Stevie Dabbaddie pitched her second straight shutout against the Bulldogs for a 3-0 win and the Bears clinched a share of the league title with the Arcadia Apaches. Arcadia and Burroughs split their season series with one win apiece, and finished with identical records in league play. In the previous meeting between the Bears and Bulldogs, Dabbaddie not only pitched an 8 inning complete-game shutout, she scored the winning run when Alyssa Rosales hit a walk-off RBI single to win the game for Burroughs 1-0 in 8 innings. This marks the first league title for Burroughs since 2017, when they also shared the crown with Crescenta Valley.
Prior to Thursday night’s showdown, seven seniors from the Burbank Bulldogs Softball team were honored in a Senior Night celebration. Catcher Shelby Cribbs, first base Sasha Quintanar, shortstop Samantha Buckley, second base Tatiana Pisa, infielder/outfielder Emma Mendoza, and left fielder Delilah Alvarado all took part in the pregame ceremony. The previous meeting between the two was also a senior night celebration as four Burroughs seniors were honored.
The Bears scored immediately in the top of the 1st inning when Dabbadie drove in Gizelle Rangsiyawong with an RBI triple. Rangsiyawong also drove in a run on a bases loaded walk in the top of the 5th inning, and Dabaddie drove in the game’s 3rd run in the top of the 7th to give Burroughs a much needed insurance run. Dabbadie also had a fantastic night in the circle as she pitched a complete game shutout with 7 strikeouts and only 4 hits allowed in her 7 innings. Burbank had their opportunities to score runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, but Delilah Alverado flew out to right fielder Alyssa Morales and then Morales threw out Cribbs at first base to complete the double play. The Bulldogs also left the bases loaded to end the fourth.
Maddison Kellogg had another tough luck outing as she pitched 6.1 innings with 2 earned runs and only one strikeout. Samantha Cafferty followed Kellogg in the 7th inning and struck out one batter and allowed one run in her relief outing.
Burroughs Associate Head Coach Katie Taix praised the team for the work they put in this season that led to the Bears winning a Pacific League Championship. “I think this team has worked really hard to earn that position,” She said. “These girls have put in the work since the Fall, which started in the weight room and told the girls to win league. I’m proud of this team and Doug Nicol for leading this team and taking them as far as they could. I’m excited to see where this team goes come playoff time.” Head Coach Nicol also gave his thoughts on the team’s 3-0 win over Burbank and Burroughs winning a Pacific League Championship, “It’s a special group we have, I couldn’t be prouder of any group that I’ve ever coached in my life because no one looked at this team to be Pacific League Champions in the beginning, it was a lot of hard work to get to this point and this team has earned it.” He praised Dabbaide for a remarkable performance in her final Pacific League game.
Burbank Head Coach Melissa Sanchez shared her thoughts on the team’s loss to Burroughs, “These girls will learn that this is life, as this hurt them a little bit, I’m so proud of them, they played their hearts out for me.” When asked about the seven seniors Sanchez said that they mean everything to the Bulldog softball program and will never forget them.
Burroughs finishes the 2023 season with a 21-4 record overall, and 9-1 in Pacific League Play, while Burbank finishes the season 14-11 overall and 4-5 in Pacific League Play. Both teams will be playing next week when the CIF Southern Section playoffs begin. They will find out their seeding and potential playoff futures when the brackets are released over the weekend.