The Burbank High baseball team has waited a long time to beat
cross-town rival Burroughs.
Tuesday evening, the Bulldogs -- which entered this season with a
57-game Foothill League losing streak -- stunned the host Indians,
3-0, at Burroughs High.
Burbank (6-2, 2-0 in league) defeated Saugus, 3-1, Friday to snap
the league losing the streak.
“It’s an awesome feeling -- the best I’ve ever had in my life,”
said Burbank pitcher Ken Ngarayawongse, who pitched a complete-game
“Now we know we can battle with any team.”
Burbank last won a Foothill League game on March 19, 1999, when
Jon McGinley pitched the Bulldogs to a 9-4 victory against visiting
The Bulldogs last defeated Burroughs April 29, 1997, when pitcher
Nick Behunin went nine innings to knock off the Indians, 3-2.
“This is my third year here, and words can’t describe how hard
these kids have worked,” said Burbank assistant coach Frank Brunton,
who has worked with Coach Paul Marietti for three years. “It’s been a
three-year work to get to where we’re at.”
Burbank’s defense bailed Ngarayawongse in both the first and
second innings, as the Indians ended the inning on two double plays
with a Burroughs runner at third base.
“Little things make a big difference,” said Burroughs Coach
Crowther, whose team is 5-3, 0-2. “We you have two offenses trying to
find themselves, first blood is huge. We hit the ball right at people
and the first time they got a runner on, they scored.”
After Burroughs starter Josh Campbell -- who threw a no-hitter
against Burbank last year -- threw two perfect innings to begin the
game, before Burbank finally struck in the third inning. Daniel
Harris led off the inning with an infield single, and scored three
batters later on a groundout by Mike Pacheco.
The Bulldogs added a run in the fourth inning, as Jason Mazziotti
scored when Saul Coreas hit a line-drive single off Campbell.
Harris tripled home Jesus Sarabia off Burroughs reliever Mike Diaz
in the sixth inning.
“Going into this year, we knew we had the ability to play with
anyone in California,” Brunton said. “We’ve shown it in the
preseason and we’ve shown it in league.”
Crowther congratulated Burbank on a fine effort.
“When you get a streak going, you know it’s only a matter of time
(before it ends),” he said. “They [Burbank] have eight seniors in
their lineup that have always lost to Burroughs and they wanted to
Burbank will have a chance to make it three league wins in a row
at 3:15 p.m. on Friday with a home game against Canyon.