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Burbank-Tujunga bats do in Vaquero in 10-11 tourney

Baseball: Burbank-Tujunga All-Stars defeat Vaquero, 12-4, in opening game of District 16 Tournament.

July 05, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

GLENDALE — After falling into a six-run hole, the Vaquero All-Stars created hope for an improbable comeback when they clawed within three runs of Burbank-Tujunga in a first-round game of the District 16 All-Star 10-11 baseball tournament Friday night.

Burbank-Tujunga saved its best for an answer in the bottom of the fourth inning when it became a close game. It exploded for four runs on four hits and a leadoff intentional walk to pad its lead and dash the Vaquero comeback attempt for a 12-4 win at Montrose Community Park.

Despite Vaquero cutting its six-run deficit in half, Burbank-Tujunga Coach Tony Castiglioni was never too worried.

"Our kids swing the bat really well, so I knew we'd get three more runs after that," said Castiglioni, whose team racked up 11 hits with four players having multi-hit games. "I didn't think they were going to shut us out. It looked like they were trying to save their pitching. ... I had confidence we were going to keep hitting the ball."

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The four-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth inning was led by Bubba McCubbin, Jacob Duarte and Alberto Ayala. All three had run-scoring doubles in the fourth. Duarte and Ayala's blasts proved clutch, coming with two outs, while Hyatt Entz added a run-scoring single in the frame.

"No doubt," said McCubbin, who finished two for four with two runs batted in, of whether or not he thought his team would win after the fourth. "It gave us more confidence; I was a little bit nervous coming out today."

Burbank-Tujunga will face Crescenta Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pacific Park. At the same place at 4:30 p.m., Vaquero takes on Foothill-Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans at 4:30 p.m. in a win-or-go-home game.

"CV's tough, they're always tough, but we're not afraid of them," Castiglioni said. "We're going to come out and play hard. We can't be afraid, if we come out afraid they're going to wallop on us. We need to come out with confidence."

Vaquero was held without a hit through the first 2 2/3 innings, thanks to Burbank-Tujunga pitcher Shane Cathcart. He struck out six of the eight batters he faced -- walking the other two -- in 2 1/3 innings.

A pitching change to conserve Cathcart's availability for the tournament in the middle of the third did wonders for Vaquero.

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