Burroughs blanks Harvard Westlake 8-0


The John Burroughs Bears bounced back from a 7-2 loss to Etiwanda on Thursday, February 29th by shutting out the Harvard Westlake Wolverines 8-0 behind a complete game shutout by freshman starting pitcher Valentina Reyes. She struck out 3 batters and allowed 5 hits without giving up a run. Phoebe Spangler had an outstanding day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with 4 singles and driving in 2 runs. Harvard Westlake entered the contest following a dominant 13-3 victory over Calabasas.

The Bears got the scoring going in the bottom of the 1st inning with Gizelle Rangsiywong driving in Alyssa Morales for the game’s first run while Karlee Earl was out at home plate in an attempt to score a second run. Phoebe Spangler delivered with 2 outs by driving in Gizelle Rangsiywong to make the score 2-0 for Burroughs.

The Wolverines got traffic on the bases in the top of the 2nd inning with Dylan Fischer hitting a leadoff double. Ainsley Nutting had an RBI chance to put Harvard-Westlake on the board until she popped out to the 1st baseman Chloe Cenento for the 1st out of the inning. Jojo Beckerman reached base on an infield single, putting runners on 1st and 2nd base. Beckerman was originally called out at 1st base until the umpires controversially changed the call to safe. Reyes worked around the traffic with a strikeout, throw-out double play. First, she got Julie Kassin swinging and Beckerman was thrown out at second with both runners in motion to end the top half of the inning. In the home half of the 2nd inning, Karlee Earl hit a 2 out 2-run RBI triple to score Eliza Torres and Alyssa Morales to make the score 4-0.

The Bears put up more in the 3rd and 4th to make the score 7-0. Alyssa Rosales hit a 2-run single to score Centeno and Sprangler in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Centeno added an RBI double in the bottom of the 4th inning to give Burroughs a 7-0 lead. Sprangler put an exclamation point to her day at the plate in the bottom of the 6th to drive home Centeno to make the score 8-0. Valentina Reyes worked around traffic at the top of the 7th by stranding Holly Mayia at 2nd base.

“I wouldn’t say it was a great quality win. We talked about it after the game as a team that we played efficient softball but were capable of playing better than that, but we had bright moments during the game as a whole we were up and down during the game,” said Bears coach Doug Nicol. Nicol also expressed his disappointment with the overturned call in the second inning. He praised his freshman ace pitcher Valentina Reyes for going the distance and admitted that she pitches to contact and lets the defense play. Phoebe Spangler’s 4 for 4 day at the plate was also praised and Nicol called her the hottest hitter in the valley hitting .696 so far in the season.

Burroughs improves to 7-3 while Harvard Westlake drops to 2-3 on the season. Burroughs will play their next game on Thursday, March 7th against Rialto and Crean Lutheran at the Laguna Hills Tournament with first pitch times slated for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. while Harvard Westlake will host San Fernando on Friday, March 8th at 3:30 p.m.