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Ghosts haunt Burroughs

Jeff Tully

The Burroughs High baseball team was not only facing a tough Hart

team Friday, but it was also battling ghosts of the past.

Traditionally, Hart has done a lot of winning against Burroughs

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since 1987, as the Indians from Santa Clarita had a 40-8-1 record

against the locals entering the Foothill League opener for both

teams.

Hart put on a hitting barrage against Burroughs, scoring the first

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eight runs and sealing an 11-7 victory at Burroughs High.

“I think we are battling the ghosts of all the good Hart teams of

the past,” said first-year Burroughs Coach Tom Crowther, whose team

suffered its first loss of the season. “There is this big [stigma]

that Burroughs has to lose to Hart. But we have to learn to not

believe in that.

“Just look at last season, when we went 1-1-1 against them. Hart

is very good, but we shouldn’t believe that we should lose to them.”

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Entering the game batting .280 as a team, Crowther said he was

disappointed with the way his hitters performed against Hart (4-3).

“Some of the players are either stupid or they’re stubborn,

because they did not make adjustments at the plate today,” Crowther

said.

“I think another problem was that we just didn’t come out with a

lot of intensity. We were timid and I think maybe even a little bit

scared.”

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Burroughs (4-1) might have been a little rusty after eight days

without playing a game.

Hart, on the other hand, was coming off playing a nonleague

doubleheader Wednesday against Quartz Hill.

With five players batting .500 or better, Hart was able to get a

lot of run production from the bottom of its order.

“Those are who we call the little guys, our Nos. 7, 8 and 9

hitters,” Hart Coach Jim Ozella said. “I think we were able to do a

lot of good things today.”

From the bottom three batters in its order -- Steve Susdorf, Ian

Feldman and Shane Carlson -- Hart received six runs, six hits, four

runs batted in and 11 total bases.

After Burroughs starter Mike Perez (1-1) had a relatively easy

time in the first two innings, he ran into trouble in the third. Hart

batted through the order and scored four runs on four hits.

Diaz threw 38 pitches in the inning.

Hart added four more runs in the fourth inning -- on home runs by

Feldman and Chris Valaika -- to take an 8-0 lead.

Burroughs made a game of it in its half of the fourth, scoring

four runs on base hits by Diaz and Pat Schulthies, a two-run double

by Brent Fekety and a walk by Miguel Alvarez.

Burroughs added a run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh.

“Usually, when we put seven runs up against a team, it’s enough to

win,” Crowther said. “But Hart is a good-hitting team and they were

able to score the 11 runs.

“The fact is that [Hart] hit today and we didn’t. We just didn’t

come to play.”

Hart starter Kyle Boggio (2-1) also had a relatively easy time

early, as he didn’t surrender any hits through the first three

innings, throwing just 36 pitches. However, Burroughs was finally

able to get to him in the fourth.

Crowther said along with a doubleheader today against Lakewood

Mayfair, he expects his team to bounce back and be ready for its next

Foothill League game -- a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday at home against

cross-town rival Burbank.

“We will bounce back,” Crowther said. “We have to make a few

adjustments and hopefully we’ll be fine.”

Burroughs hasn’t lost to Burbank since 1997, the year the Indians

won their first league championship in 40 years.


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