Burroughs takes game 1 of the home-and-home series with Crescenta Valley 7-3 to start Pacific League play

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The John Burroughs Bears started Pacific League play with a bang as they beat the Crescenta Valley Falcons 7-3 behind 6 great innings from Kenny Montgomery. Montgomery struck out 7 batters and allowed 3 runs in his outing Wednesday night. Heading into the Pacific League opener, Crescenta Valley was coming off a 5-0 loss to Bishop Amat, while Burroughs entered the contest splitting a doubleheader with Village Christian and Monrovia. The Bears defeated Village Christian in the first game of the doubleheader 8-3, but they fell to Monrovia 4-2 in the second game of the double dip back on Saturday, February 24th. Crescenta Valley and Burroughs were originally scheduled to play on Tuesday, February 27th but the game got rescheduled to Wednesday, February 28th due to poor field conditions because of the rain.

The Falcons jump-started the scoring by putting up 3 runs on the board in the top of the 1st inning with Jacob Deno driving in the game’s first run on a 2-out RBI single and Mike Herman driving in 2 more runs to make it a 3-0 game. The Bears had a 4-run bottom of the 2nd inning with Bryan Martinez driving in Nickolas Fritz to give Burroughs their run with 2 outs. The 2-out rally continued for the Bears with Eliot Ross tying the game with a 2-run single scoring Kyle Smith and Fritz. Nate Chapman drove in the go-ahead run with another 2-out RBI single to score Martinez to give the Bears a 4-3 lead over the Crescenta Valley Falcons.

While both teams were held scoreless in innings 3, 4, and 5, the Bears added three more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Bryan Martinez hit a 2-run RBI double to score Logan Drossin and Willian Armes to make the score 6-3 and Nate Chapman added a 2-out RBI bunt single to score Martinez to make the score 7-3. Montgomery had traffic on the bases in the top of the 7th inning, Jack Guest came in relief to get the last 2 batters to seal the deal for Burroughs.

“Very uncharismatic start to the top of the 1st inning, we made mistakes and had first Pacific League game jitters but overall it was a good win,” said Bears coach Matt Magallon. Magallon admitted that Kenny Montgomery did what was expected in the win over Crescenta Valley, despite a rough 1st inning when he allowed 3 runs.

Burroughs improves to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in Pacific League play while Crescenta Valley drops to 2-4 overall and 0-1 in Pacific League play. Both teams will play again on Friday, March 1st at Stengel Field, which is on the campus of Glendale Community College with the first pitch at 7 p.m.

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