Agoura mercy rules Burbank 12-0 behind Jake Gewart's grand slam in the top of the 2nd inning


The Agoura Chargers came away with a dominant mercy rule victory over the Burbank Bulldogs by the final score of 12-0 in 5 innings. The Chargers were led by Jake Gewart’s grand slam in the top of the 2nd inning and Donavan Anthony’s complete game shutout. Anthony allowed 0 runs, struck out 2, walked 2 batters, and allowed 3 hits in the win for the Chargers. Agoura was coming off a 7-5 win over Ventura on Monday, April 1st, while Burbank came off a 5-3 victory over Muir on the same day.

Braden Oliver jumpstarted the offense for the Chargers with an RBI double to drive in leadoff hitter Kaden Graves, who had walked, to give Agoura a 1-0 lead in the top half of the 1st inning. Adrian Vasquez worked around the leadoff walk to Graves and the RBI double by getting Will Michelman on a flyout and recording a double play to end the opening half of the 1st inning. Oliver was tagged out at home plate while Carter Roberts was tagged out at 2nd base to complete the inning-ending double play. Donavan Anthony retired the side in order in the bottom half of the 1st inning with JP Cardenas making the play of the day with a diving catch to take an extra-base hit away from Burbank leadoff hitter Ryan Sebastian.

The Chargers put up 9 runs in the top of the 2nd, including a grand slam by Jake Gewart. JP Cardenas, Kaden Graves, Braden Oliver, and Will Michelman contributed with RBIs to help Agoura fuel the offensive display. Burbank had a chance to get on the board in the home half of the inning with a 1-out walk by Jeremy Lee, but Mikelo Reynoso grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Bulldogs remained hitless until Robert Snyder broke up the no-hitter in the bottom of the 4th inning with a leadoff single. Graves and Oliver added two more runs in the top of the 5th inning on back-to-back 2-out RBI singles to complete the mercy rule victory for the Chargers. Colby Bette hit a 1-out single to hopefully start a late rally for Burbank, but he was left stranded at 1st base following strikeouts by Jake Debbie and Nathan Zecena to end the game.

“There’s nothing to take away from the 12-0 loss to Agoura, this team didn’t show any heart from the start of the game and throughout,” said Bulldogs coach Bob Hart. Hart admitted that the team had a lazy approach during pregame warmups but praised Robert Snyder for pitching well in relief in the loss.

Burbank drops to 4-9 while Agoura improves to 9-9. Burbank will return to action on Saturday, April 6th against Sierra Canyon with the first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m. while Agoura will take on Firebaugh on Wednesday, April 3rd at 11 a.m.