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Locals get a chance to shine

Jeff Tully

Although it might have been a down year for the baseball and softball

teams at Burbank and Burroughs highs, the schools did have their

share of fine athletes.


Next week, a group of local seniors will get one last chance to

play on the high-school level in two all-star games.

Indian pitcher Mike Diaz, and infielder Kyle Williams have been

chosen to take part in the 27th annual Bernie Milligan All-Star


Baseball game. The event is at 1:30 p.m. June 14 at Van Nuys

Birmingham High.

Preceding the game, there will be a home-run contest at noon.

There will also be a banquet following the game.

“We haven’t been shutout of having a player in this all-star game

for a long time,” Burroughs Coach Tom Crowther said.

The Burroughs players will compete for the East team, which

includes athletes from Crescenta Valley, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame,


Canyon, Saugus, Hart, Mission Hills Alemany and Quartz Hill.

The West squad boasts players from Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, West

Hills Chaminade, Newbury Park and Agoura.

For the Indians this season, Diaz -- who also plays first base --

had a 7-4 record and a 2.14 earned-run average over 68 2/3 innings,

allowing 18 walks and striking out 68. He also had one save.

Williams batted .412 (33 for 80), scored 24 runs, had 19 runs

batted in, 14 walks and eight doubles. An extremely tough out,


Williams had a knack of getting on base, as he struck out just five

times and was hit by pitches seven times.

Representatives from Burbank and Burroughs will be on the field at

2 p.m. Monday taking part in the 17th annual San Fernando Valley

Softball Game at the Glendale Sports Complex.

The girls will also have their own home run hitting contest at

12:30 p.m., and will attend a banquet after the game.

Playing for the East squad is Bulldog catcher Kristin Talamantes

and Indian utility player Ryanne Hodgins

Keeping her batting average above the .500 range all season,

Talamantes was Burbank’s big offensive weapon. Along with her fine

hitting, she was also outstanding behind the plate, calling the

pitches for the Bulldog throwers.

Talamantes has earned a scholarship to Mercer University in


Hodgins -- who is headed to the University of New Mexico -- was

Burroughs’ leading hitter, finishing the season with a .446 average

(41 for 92). She also scored 23 runs. She was also a fine center

fielder, playing in all 26 of the team’s games.

Of the Indian and Bulldog teams, the Burroughs softball squad was

the lone school to qualify for the CIF Southern Section playoffs

after finishing third in the Foothill League.

In a Division I wild-card game at Olive Park, Burroughs was

defeated by Bishop Amat, 1-0, in eight innings.

In the 2002 softball all-star game, locals Sara Larquier of

Burroughs, Burbank’s Tiffany Rhodes and Julie Stone from Sun Valley

Village Christian took part.

Larquier went on to a successful freshman year this season as an

infielder at theUniversity of Virginia.