2023 Burroughs Softball Season Recap

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The John Burroughs Bears put together another incredible softball season this past spring, as they shared the Pacific League title with Arcadia with a 9-1 record in league play to go along with a record of 24-5 overall after they split their two games with the Apaches. The Bears followed that stellar regular season performance with a fantastic run in the CIF Division 4 Playoffs, which led to their second straight semifinal appearance in a 2-year span.

Burroughs defeated Buena 6-0 in the first round then followed that victory with another blowout win against Chino in round 2. A thrilling 6-5 win over El Dorado in extra innings sent the Bears to their second straight Southern Section semifinals, but they, unfortunately, fell short of their CIF Championship dreams in consecutive seasons with an 8-1 loss against Fullerton.

Sophomore Chloe Centeno led the team in batting average as she hit .429 along with seniors Rachel Little and Lilly Lewis rounded out the top 3 in batting average as Little hit .421 while Lewis hit .414. Those standout performances were recognized when Centeno, Lewis, and Little all received first-team All-Pacific League honors. Juniors Alyssa Rosales, Gizelle Rangsiawong, and Phoebe Spangler made All-Pacific League second team. Freshman center fielder Karlee Earl was awarded Pacific League’s Honorable Mention. Stevie Dabaddie was awarded the All-Pacific League Co-Player of the Year along with Arcadia’s Tierra Westbrook. Dabaddie finished second on the team with a 1.92 ERA; junior Emerson Colbentz led the team with a 1.20 ERA.

Burroughs Head Coach Doug Nicol shared his thoughts on the 2023 Season, “I am so happy with this season, How can you not be? We went 24-5 and won the Pacific League Championship. We won 3 playoff games and went to the CIF semi-finals for the 2nd year in a row. That is a success by anyone’s standards.” He went on to say that the 4 seniors in Dabaddie, Little, Piper, and Lewis helped set the foundation for the incredible success the team has seen and they were key parts of the best 2-year run in the history of the program. Nicol is also excited to see Rangsiawong, Rosales, Spangler, and Colbentz emerge as leaders in their senior seasons and continue to build on what has been started in the past few years. Rosales, in particular, has the potential to have a big senior year and can be an elite all-around catcher, but Nicol didn’t say that she will be the team’s primary backstop in 2024 because playing time is earned and starting spots are wide open. The team plans for the offseason include a lot of strength and conditioning training and working on the fundamentals of how they can be an even stronger team in 2024.

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