Pasadena comes out on top with a 3-2 win in 10 innings over Burbank

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In round 1 of the battle of the Bulldogs, The Pasadena Bulldogs came out with a 3-2 win over the Burbank Bulldogs by the final score of 3-2 in 10 innings on an Ian Van Zyl go-ahead RBI double. Pasadena entered coming off a 2-game series split to Excelsior Charter with a 1-0 loss back on Saturday, March 16th, and then an 8-0 win on Wednesday, March 20th. Burbank came in off a 2 game series split with the Glendale Nitros by taking game one back on Tuesday, March 12th by the final of 7-5 and then a 5-7 loss on Friday, March 15th.

Colby Bette worked around traffic in the first inning, by leaving Van Zyl and Kaleb Derosier at 2nd and 3rd base by striking out Riley Andrade and Jayden Miranda. The host Bulldogs got the scoring going when Robert Synder hit a sac bunt to advance Ryan Sebastian to 2nd base, but an error by 3rd baseman Fabio Castillo allowed Sebastian to come around to score, with Synder advancing to second on the E5. The visiting Bulldogs got on the board when Ian Van Zyl drove home David Schieffer to put Pasadena within 1 run in the top half of the 2nd inning. Schieffer also hit a game-tying RBI single in the top of the 3rd inning.

Both teams stayed tied through the 7th inning, forcing extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Robert Synder retired the 1st two batters he faced, but Adrian Osegura worked a 2-out walk. Van Sly drove home Osegura for the go-ahead RBI double to give Pasadena a 3-2 lead.

The host Bulldogs tried to rally in the bottom half of the 10th with Tomas Angel hitting a leadoff single, however, Angel was tagged out at 1st base following a line out by Michael Bui for a double play. Burbank had one more chance to rally with Colby Bette reaching base with a 2-out walk. He was tagged out at home plate while attempting to score the game-tying run on Adrian Vasquez’s 2-out single. Jayden Mendoza, Kaleb Derosier, and Ian Van Zyl connected with their relay throw to record the final out of the game.

“I like the way the boys hung in there, they were resilient. I’m always proud of them when they don’t quit, we would have loved to win the game but we gave it our all,” said Bulldogs head coach Bob Hart. Hart admitted that the team had so many missed chances to get big hits with runners in scoring position. Leaving 10 guys on base hurt the host Bulldogs in the loss today.

Burbank drops to 3-8 overall, 2-4 in Pacific League play while Pasadena improves to 5-8 overall and 2-5 in Pacific League play. Both teams will play the 2nd game of the home-and-home series on Friday, March 29th at Pasadena High School with the first pitch scheduled for 3:45 p.m.