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Burroughs High baseball blanks league foe Glendale

Indians remain in first place with 5-0 Pacific League home victory against Nitros.

April 12, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
  • Burroughs' Noah Hoed slides safely into third base on a steal against Glendale's Tyler Lousararian in the third inning in a Pacific League baseball game at Burroughs High School in Burbank on Friday, April 12, 2013. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Burroughs' Noah Hoed slides safely into third base… (Tim Berger Staff…)

BURBANK — Last time out for Burroughs High baseball saw the Indians win a three hour marathon against host Crescenta Valley to take over sole position of first place in the Pacific League.

But that win would lose most of its splendor if Burroughs failed to take care of business Friday hosting a youthful Glendale squad fresh off its first league win. Against the Nitros, Burroughs did not stumble and came away with a 5-0 victory to remain the last undefeated team in Pacific League play.

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"We'll take it," Glendale Coach Chris Funaro said of his team's performance. "[Burroughs] is 5-0 in league. They've beaten everybody already. They are a good team."

Burroughs (11-7, 5-0) got a masterful performance from starting pitcher Luis Pereyra, who went five innings before turning the mound over to Brandon Ortega, who pitched a scoreless final two innings for the shutout.

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"I think we could have had a more focused approach throughout the game," Burroughs Coach Kiel Holmes said. "Ultimately it comes down to we did what we needed to do. We put our runs up there. We had strong defense. Our pitching was phenomenal today; I'm happy with that."

Pereyra got the win on the strength of nine strikeouts without a walk while allowing two hits in his five innings of work. The senior allowed just an infield single to Glendale leadoff batter Thaddeus Wilson and a single by Ethan Howard to left field on the first pitch of the fifth inning, after which he struck out the next and what turned out to be the final three Nitros he faced.

"[Pereyra] mixed it up," Holmes said. "Threw that cutter, threw that curveball, threw that change-up in there, just had them guessing all day."

The bulk of the offense came from the duo of Brian Pozos and Aiden Anding, who combined to drive in all the Indians' runs. Pozos got things started with a triple off of Glendale starter Brandon Keen that sailed over the center fielder's head in the first inning to drive in two. The senior also laced a double in the fifth.

"I was just looking for something to hit," Pozos said of his first-inning at-bat. "I was mind blank looking to move over my runners and he left the ball right there and I just swung."

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