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Burroughs baseball takes down Crescenta Valley

Baseball: Indians take first place for themselves in 8-7 win over Falcons.

April 09, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — In a Pacific League baseball race predicted by many to be anybody's for the taking, Burroughs High emerged on Tuesday night with the top spot all to itself.

And it did so at the expense of the reigning league champion, as the Indians took an 8-7 win away from Stengel Field and host Crescenta Valley in the teams' first-place showdown.

"This one was just back and forth," said Burroughs senior co-captain Miles Haddad, who went three for five with two runs scored, two runs batted in, a stolen base and got the win on the mound despite never throwing a pitch. "I think this one puts our name out there.

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"Anyone can beat anyone in the league definitely, but these games [against Crescenta Valley] are really important."

Heading into Tuesday, Crescenta Valley (11-6, 3-1 in league), which had its six-game winning streak ended, and Burroughs (10-7, 4-0) had emerged as the last two league undefeateds. The Indians emerged victorious after a game that was equal parts ugly and dramatic and concluded after three hours and 10 minutes.

"Just ugly pitching," said Falcons Coach Phil Torres of his team's performance on the mound, which saw seven walks, three hit batters and five wild pitches. "It's disappointing.

"I think [league's] up in the air. [The Indians] did a good job, they came in here and got a win."

Having jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the second, Burroughs was caught at 3 by the Falcons and again at 5 when Crescenta Valley rallied in the bottom of the fifth. The game came down to the seventh, as the Indians rallied for three, thanks to Haddad's go-ahead single that scored Aiden Anding and a two-run single by Cameron Rodriguez that plated Chris Davies and Haddad. All the Burroughs carnage came with two outs after the first two Indians of the stanza were retired.

"This is a really strong group that we have," said Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes. "It just really shows the type of character we have."

The Falcons didn't go away, though, as pinch-hitter Brett Klein roped a two-out double on the first pitch he saw to score Johnny Psaltis and Nolan Rea (two for two, walk, hit by pitch, two runs, stolen base) in the bottom of the seventh. But that was as close as the Falcons could get.

"Our offense did everything to get us back in the game, right 'til the end," Torres said.

But it was perhaps the sixth-inning rally that never was that loomed largest for Crescenta Valley.

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