The Burroughs High baseball team has waited seven years to get back
to the championship game of the El Segundo Tournament.
Because of rains that pelted Southern California last weekend, the
Indians will have to wait four more weeks to vie for their first
title in the prestigious tournament.
The damp weather not only washed out Burroughs’ championship game,
but it also forced the postponement of the 30th annual Burbank
Invitational track and field meet.
“We had a team breakfast Saturday morning and we were still hoping
the weather would clear up and it would stop raining so we could
play,” first-year Burroughs Coach Tom Crowther said. “But the rain
was too much and there was no way we could have played the game.”
The Indians (4-0) were supposed to take on Encino Crespi for the
tournament crown at El Segundo’s Recreation Park.
Crowther said he was hoping to play the makeup game this week, but
Burroughs and Crespi had conflicts with their schedules and a date
couldn’t be agreed on. The teams finally settled on April 12th for
the 7:30 p.m. game.
“Not playing Saturday is kind of bad for us because we will go
four days without playing a game before we start league,” said
Crowther, whose team will face Hart at 3:15 p.m. Friday at home in a
Foothill League opener.
“But the good thing about having four days without a game is that
it will give us a chance to work on some things. As a team, we are
only hitting .280, and we will definitely work on that.”
One of the Indian players who is not having trouble at the plate
is senior leadoff hitter Kyle Williams. Along with a .727 average,
Williams has reached base 16 times in 20 plate appearances in four
Burroughs is also doing well in the pitching department. Senior
starter Mike Perez has a 2-0 record and has 16 strikeouts in 8 2/3
innings and sophomore Josh Campbell is 2-0 -- including a 4-2 win
Thursday against host Arcadia in a tournament semifinal game.
Crowther said the team is off to its best season start in 25
years, and the Indians are excited about vying for their first
Foothill League championship since 1997.
“We should be well rested for the Hart game,” Crowther said.
“Playing the championship of the El Segundo Tournament is
important for us, but we are really focused about doing well in
league and playing for a title.”
The Indians failed to make it to the CIF Southern Section playoffs
For Burbank High track and field Coach Darin Wolf, the rain really
did a number on the annual Burbank Invitational.
“There was no way we could have run the meet with the rain, so we
had to reschedule,” he said. “I know that even some meets that were
run on all-weather tracks had to be canceled Saturday.”
Wolf said the meet -- which is being held at Burroughs’ Memorial
Field this year -- will go on, but Saturday’s rescheduled event will
feature less teams.
“It will be a smaller meet with a lot less teams,” Wolf said. “As
of [Monday], only [Burbank], Burroughs, Glendale and Saugus have
confirmed. A lot of the schools have other meets to go to that day.”
The invitational originally included Van Nuys Birmingham,
Inglewood Morningside, L.A. Loyola, Orange and Hoover -- among
The meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4 p.m.
Admission is $3 and students with a school ID are free.