Burbank losing streak reaches 4 games with a 9-3 loss to Camarillo

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The losing woes continued for the Burbank Bulldogs as they dropped their 4th straight game, this one to the Camarillo Scorpions by a final score of 9-3 behind a 5-run top of the 7th inning for the Scorpions. Burbank was coming off a 0-2 record at the Santa Fe Tournament on Saturday, March 16th, with 8-2 losses to both San Fernando and Sierra Vista. Camarillo entered following a 4-3 win over Simi Valley last Thursday, March 21st.

The Scorpions got the scoring going at the top of the 1st inning with Jadalynn Sovey driving in Justice Flores on an RBI triple and came in to score on an RBI sacrifice fly-by Cali Howe to give Camarillo a 2-0 lead to begin the game. The Bulldogs tied the score in the bottom of the 1st inning with back-to-back RBIs by Kara Valencia and Kayla Orosco. Valencia drove home Belinda Lujano with an RBI single and Orosco drove home Eliza Bowren on an RBI double. Burbank had a golden opportunity to continue to light up the scoreboard in the inning following a walk to Charlie Barnett, but Samantha Cafferty, Abbie Kimmer, and Olivia Orosco struck out swinging to leave the bases loaded to end the home half of the 1st inning.

The star freshman left fielder Chloe Updike recorded the play of the day with an outfield assist after catching Angelica Apodaca’s flyout before throwing Anna Gietzen out at home plate for a 7-2 double play. Valencia drove home Lujano on an opposite-field RBI single to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases again in the home half of the 2nd following Barnett’s 2-out single and had another chance to blow the game wide open. Samantha Cafferty struck out swinging to leave the bases full to end the inning. The Scorpions tied the game at 3 on an RBI sac fly-by Layne Flores which scored Justice Flores. The Bulldogs were retired in order in the bottom of the 3rd by Camarillo pitcher Lea Tapia. Justice Flores delivered a go-ahead RBI single, which scored Delany Vasquez to give Camarillo a 4-3 lead in the top of the 4th inning.

Olivia Orosco got on base in the bottom of the 6th inning with a 1-out double and Kaia Mendoza came in as a pitcher runner at 2nd base representing the tying run. Chloe Updike moved her to 3rd base on a sacrifice bunt, but Belinda Lujano left Mendoza stranded at 3rd base to leave the score at 4-3. Camarillo put together an offensive display in the top of the 7th inning with RBIs by Alianna Rodriguez and Aubry Aguirre. Rodriguez drove home Anna Gietzen and Sophia Valencia on a 2-run RBI double to make the score 6-3, while Aguirre drove home Rodriguez to make the score 7-3. Two more runs were added in the inning on errors by Bowren and Cafferty to make the score 9-3.

The Bulldogs tried to put together a huge rally with Bowren and Valencia getting back-to-back singles in the bottom of the 7th inning, but they were left stranded. “They put up a great fight against a great Camarillo team but we tip our hats off to them,” said Bulldogs head coach Melissa Sanchez. Sanchez noted that the girls put the bat on the ball very well but the last inning was the issue for why the Bulldogs lost the game.

Burbank drops their record to 7-9 with Camarillo improving to 12-2. The Burbank Bulldogs were able to snap their 4-game-losing streak when they resumed Pacific League play on Tuesday against the Pasadena Bulldogs. Burbank emerged victorious with an 11-1 triumph in the battle of the Bulldogs at Pasadena High School. They host the Muir Mustangs on Thursday, March 28, with the first pitch set for 3:45. The Camarillo Scorpions will play a big marquee showdown against the John Burroughs Bears at Camarillo High School on Wednesday, March 27th.