Burbank mercy rules Hoover 30-0 behind the complete game shutout by Colby Bette to complete the 2-game sweep


The Burbank Bulldogs completed a 2-game sweep of the Hoover Tornados by the final score of 30-0 to secure a mercy rule victory. Colby Bette pitched a complete game shutout in 5 innings pitched, striking out 10 batters, with only 1 hit allowed. Burbank took game 1 over Hoover by the final of 5-0 last Tuesday, April 9th.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the bottom of the 1st with Ryan Sebastian scoring a run with the bases loaded when Tomas Angel advanced to 1st base on a catcher’s interference call for the 1st run of the game. Bryant Johnson drove home Robert Snyder with an RBI single to make the score 2-0 with the bases still loaded. Sebastian added a 2-run single, Snyder and Angel also added more RBI to help Burbank put up 11 runs in the opening inning.

Bette worked around traffic in the top of the 1st by stranding the runners on 1st and 2nd when he struck out Jesse Carbonneau and Daniel Cano. He then struck out the side in the 2nd inning with 3 straight strikeouts. The Bulldogs added 3 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a bases-loaded walk by Mikelo Reynoso followed by a sac fly by Bette. Taylor Pryor drove home Michael Bui on an infield single to make the score 14-0.

16 more runs were added to the board for the Bulldogs with Jake Dibbie, Taylor Pryor, Michael Bui, Ryan Sebastian, Jeremy Lee, and Colby Bette helping to continue with Burbank’s dominant offensive display. Bette stranded the runners on 1st and 2nd base by striking out Alex Weimar to end the game.

“I don’t see our series win against Hoover as a quality win, but it was nice to win. I don’t look at it as a great win for us,” said Bulldogs head coach Bob Hart. Hart stated that it’s a good win against a team that’s still young but struggles. Hart admitted that Bette was solid on the mound and was pounding the strike zone by throwing strikes early.

Burbank improves their record to 7-10 overall, and 6-4 in Pacific League play, while Hoover drops to 3-16 overall and 0-9 in Pacific League play. Burbank will begin a 2-game series with Crescenta Valley beginning on Tuesday, April 16th with the first pitch scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Hoover will start a 2-game series with Pasadena on the same day, and the first pitch is also scheduled at the same time.

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