Burroughs extends its win streak to 8 games with an 8-4 win over Chaminade

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The John Burroughs Bears sweep the softball portion of home back-to-back contests with an 8-4 win over the Chaminade Eagles with Chloe Centeno hitting the go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the 5th inning on Friday, March 15. Burroughs was coming off a dominant 17-0 victory over Pacific League-rival Pasadena the day before, while Chaminade entered the contest following a 10-0 loss to Oaks Christian on Wednesday, March 13th.

The Eagle’s scoring woes didn’t follow them to Burroughs’s home field at George Izzay Park. Chaminade scored in the top of the 1st inning with Aleks Albert driving in Alyssa Jemino and Sydney Hogue to give Chimande a 2-0 lead. Kat Osborne later added to the lead by driving in Shelby Rosenmayer to make it 3-0 at the end of the top of the 1st inning.

The Bears found their way back in the game with Chloe Centeno and Phoebe Spangler recording back-to-back 1-out RBI singles to cut the Eagles lead to 3-2. Emerson Colbentz responded with a 1-2-3 top of the 2nd inning following her rough first inning. Burroughs added 2 more runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning with Karlee Earl driving in Sophie Rangsyiawong and Alyssa Morales to give the Bears a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning.

Burroughs stranded runners on 2nd and 3rd base in the home half of the 3rd inning when Eliza Torres flew out to end the inning. Shelby Rosenmayer stole home for Chaminade in the top of the 4th inning to tie the score. Chloe Centeno put the Bears ahead with her solo home run in the bottom of the 5th inning, giving them a 5-4 lead.

Burroughs had a 3-run bottom of the 6th inning with Gizelle Rangsiyawong recording a 1-out RBI double to score Alyssa Morales and Spangler driving in Centeno with an RBI double. Alyssa Rosales put an exclamation point on the offense by driving in Spangler to make the score 8-4. Colbentz worked around a leadoff walk and shut the door in the top of the 7th to close out the game for Burroughs.

“I was thrilled with the win. We looked at this as a trap game. It was the last game before spring break, Chaminade got off to a fast start in the top of the 1st which is a credit to them. That’s why we play 7 innings, not 1,” said Bears coach Doug Nicol. Nicol stated that Centeno got the power going and is nicknamed by the team the electric company, because of her power displays for Burroughs.

Burroughs improves to 14-3 while Chaminade drops to 7-8. Chaminade will return to action on Tuesday, March 19th to take on Mission League rival Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks CA) at 3:30 p.m. while Burroughs will return to action following their spring break to take on Pacific League rival Hoover on Tuesday, March 26th at Hoover High School with first pitch slated for 3:45 p.m.