Burbank gets by St Genevieve 4-2 to get 1st win of the season


The Burbank Bulldogs defeated the St Genevieve Valiants 4-2 to secure their first victory of the 2024 season after dropping their 1st 3 games of the season to Village Christian, La Canada, and Seliasian. Colby Bette’s RBI infield single in the bottom of the 3rd and Ryan Sebsatian’s RBI infield single in the bottom half of the 6th helped the Bulldogs eke out a narrow win over the Vilants.

Miklo Reynoso struck out 10 batters in 6 innings pitched and Robert Synder struck out 2 batters in relief to get the save. Reynoso allowed only 2 runs with Synder allowing none. The Bulldogs were supposed to play against Canyon on Wednesday, February 21st on the road until rain forced the 2 schools to reschedule their game on Monday, March 18th at Canyon High School. St Genevieve entered coming off a 3-2 loss to Toledo before the contest against Burbank.

JR Zavala started the game with a leadoff home run over the right-center field fence to get the scoring started for St Genevieve on the 1st pitch of the game. Following the home run by Zavala, Reynoso responded by getting the next 4 batters of the Valiants. The Bulldogs tied the game up at 1 with Jake Reyes driving in Ryan Sebastian with a bases-loaded RBI infield single. Burbank had a golden chance to break the game open but Colby Bette and Adrian Vasquez both struck out swinging to leave the bases full to end the bottom of the 1st inning.

Reynoso had a bounce-back inning by having a 1-2-3 top half of the 2nd and the Bulldogs jumped out in front with Michael Bui stealing home to give Burbank the lead. St Genevive tied the game at 2 in the top of the 3rd inning on an infield RBI single by Jackson Middleton to score JR Zavala. The Valiants looked to add to their score until Zach Middleton flew out to Nathan Zencna with his twin brother Jackson being thrown out at second base while trying to advance from first, ending the inning with a double play. Burbank added 1 run each in the bottom of the 3rd and 6th innings with go-ahead rbi’s by Bette and Sebastian.

“Our approach at the plate was horrendous and our ability to make adjustments and compete consistently covers it,” said Burbank head coach Bob Hart. Hart admitted that there were good wins and losses and bad wins and losses when asked if the ugly win against St Genevieve had to do with their losses to Village Christian, La Canada, and Salesian, but admitted that Mikelo Reynoso and Robert Synder pitched well in the win over St Genevieve.

Burbank improves to 1-3 while St Genevieve drops to 0-2. Burbank will begin Pacific League Play with a home-and-home series against the Arcadia Apaches on Wednesday, February, 28th at 3:30 p.m. while St Genevieve will begin Playa del Rey League play with a road contest with St Bernard on Tuesday, February 27th at 3 p.m.

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