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Heartbreakers win title

Edgar Melik-Stepanyan

As Hallie White and Nesleen Lobarbio explained it, the Burbank

Heartbreakers’ win Wednesday in the championship game of the Little

League District 16 Major Softball Tri-Cities Tournament came down to

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two essentials their coaches preach.

“Everyone is heads-up [on defense],” White said. “And

hitting-wise, everyone makes connections.”

The Heartbreakers (23-1-1) made several impressive plays on

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defense -- including White’s snag of a line drive, which she turned

into a double play to end the game -- and produced eight hits to

capture the title with a 7-2 win against the Crescenta Valley Fenway

at Scholl Canyon Park.

White and Lobarbio were their team’s catalysts on offense,

combining for three hits, including a pair of doubles by Lobarbio.

White scored twice and Lobarbio drove in a run.

The Heartbreakers started their scoring early, plating two runs in

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the first inning and three in the second.

Heartbreaker Hattie Linares also scored twice and teammates Solana

Sanchez and Tatiana Sanchez had one run apiece.

Muir-Chase 10, Burbank Diamonds 0: One team had a 14-0 hurler on

the mound for Wednesday night’s Little League District 16 Junior

Softball Tri-Cities Tournament championship. The other team was

without its ace pitcher.

It was easy to tell which team was which.

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Muir-Chase pitcher Baillie Kirker struck out four in a two-hitter

to remain undefeated this season, and her team took advantage of 11

walks by Burbank Diamonds pitchers to claim a five-inning victory at

Scholl Canyon Park.

Burbank ace Chantal Bevard pitched a complete game a night

earlier, striking out three and walking none in a four-hitter to

defeat Western Studios, 5-4, so she was not allowed to pitch against

Muir-Chase.

Instead, starter Alexis Hernandez walked six and gave up four runs

in 1 1/3 innings. Elisa Serna gave up six base on balls and six

runs.

Chuck Schilken


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