Burroughs completes the 2-game sweep with Hoover


After losing 3-2 in extra innings to Crescenta Valley on Thursday, March 7th, The John Burroughs Bears bounced back to defeat the Hoover Tornados in a mercy rule victory, 21-4 behind the Bears’ 6-run 2nd inning and 8-run 3rd inning to complete the 2-game sweep over Hoover. Burroughs came out on top in dominant fashion, 17-0 in the first game of the series against Hoover on Tuesday.

Elvis Moreno hit Julian Corral with a pitch to start the game but stranded him at 2nd base after Corral was safe on a stolen base. Moreno sandwiched a strikeout between a fly out and ground out to end the top half of the opening inning, The Bears got the scoring going when Eliot Ross scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch by Corral. Logan Drossin delivered with 2 outs, with an opposite-field RBI single to score Nate Chapman to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Zack Guevara followed with another RBI single to give the Bears a 3-run lead.

The Tornados got on the board in the top of the 2nd inning when Isaiah Alvarado drove in Steve Park on an RBI Groundout. The Bears put up 6 runs in the bottom half of the 2nd with Andrew Cosio hitting an RBI double to score Dylan Connahan before scoring on an error by Hoover to give the Bears a 5-1 lead. Nate Chapman, Devin Whittekiend, Nickolas Fritz, and Guevara all drove in runs to help contribute to the Bear's 6-run inning.

Hoover put up 2 more runs in the 3rd inning with Gabriel Flores driving in Coral on a bases-loaded walk and Alex Weimar driving in Bryan Olmedo to make it a 9-3 ballgame. The Bears added 8 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd and another 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning to make the score 21-4. Hoover added a run in the top half of the 4th when Daniel Cano drove in Corral on a 2-out RBI single. Anthony Moore worked around traffic by leaving Jordan Mahler on 1st base to seal the mercy rule victory over Hoover in 5 innings.

“I thought it was a great collective win for the whole team, everyone got in the game and showed grit throughout the game,” said Bears coach Matt Magallon,” Magallon admitted that the pitching had an off night and allowed a lot of baserunners every inning.

Burroughs improves to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in Pacific League play, while Hoover falls to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in Pacific League play. Both teams will continue Pacific League play on Tuesday, March 12th with Burroughs beginning a 2 game series with Muir, while Hoover will start their 2 game series with Arcadia, both games will start at 3:45 p.m.