Sophomore Miguel Alvarez has done just about everything that's been
asked of him this season.
That has meant playing five positions for the Burroughs High
baseball team and filling in holes whenever he's needed.
Friday, in a Foothill League game at Burroughs, played in a steady
rain, Alvarez was asked to come up with a key hit in the seventh
inning of a tied game -- and he didn't disappoint.
Alvarez delivered a one-out bloop single to right field, scoring
Pat Schulthies, to give the Indians a
4-3 cross-town rivalry victory.
In his two previous two at-bats, Alvarez struck out on three
pitches and grounded out to shortstop.
"In my first two at-bats, [Burbank pitcher Jon Bertain] threw me
fastballs," Alvarez said. "So Coach [Tom Crowther] told me to go the
other way with it if he throws it again. And that's what I did."
Crowther said although just a sophomore, Alvarez has been
invaluable to the team.
"In a way, Miguel is like our [most valuable player] this season,"
he said. "The guy has done anything that we asked him to do and he's
willing to play anywhere.
"We have moved him from the outfield to third and he has played
very well there. This was only his second game starting at third
Alvarez came up with a fielding gem in the sixth inning to quell a
Burbank (7-12, 3-8) rally. With one out and a runner on second base,
Alvarez made a diving stab on a ground ball to rob Paul Gonzalez of a
base hit. He fired to first for one out and Indian first baseman Mike
Diaz threw out the runner trying to take third.
Despite the damp conditions from rain that pelted the field most
of the game, each team came up with two double plays.
Burbank put pressure on Burroughs (11-10-1, 4-6-1) -- which has
won three of its past four league games -- in the third inning by
scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs got hits from
Bertain and Gonzalez, who also had a run batted in.
Gonzalez was three for four with two RBI and a run scored.
"The guys played their hearts out today," Burbank Coach Paul
The Indians tied the score in the fourth on a home run to
left-center field through the rain by Diaz. It was Diaz's third of
"We needed this win," Crowther said. "With four games left, we can
control our own destiny and make the playoffs."