BURBANK — It was a successful season for the four local high school softball teams.
While all four qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs, Burroughs High was one of two teams to capture a league championship. The other was Bellarmine-Jefferson.
The Indians erased years of futility to win the Pacific League title. It was the program’s first championship in 28 years.
One of the reasons for the team’s success was the play of sophomore pitcher Heather Haynes. Because of her accomplishments this season, Haynes was honored by being named to the All-CIF Division III second team.
Burbank resident Emily Seidel, a senior pitcher who plays for Village Christian School, made the Division V first team.
Haynes, who was an All-Pacific League first-team selection, put up impressive numbers for the Indians. She was 11-5 with six shutouts in 16 games, striking out 106 and walking 29 in 109 innings. In addition, she allowed just 12 earned runs, had a 0.77 earned-run average and opposing teams hit just .176 against her.
Under Coach Jose Valle, Burroughs (18-10) defeated Burbank in the final regular-season game to clinch the undisputed championship. The Indians also won their playoff opener against Paso Robles, 3-2, before falling in the second round to Ayala, 12-0,
Seidel, an All-Olympic League first-team selection who is headed to the University of Nevada Reno, also put up impressive numbers in helping the Crusaders to a deep playoff run.
Seidel had a 21-4 record, 321 strikeouts, 40 walks and a 0.47 ERA in 1641/3 innings. In addition, opposing teams batted just 0.99 against her and she had 14 shutouts and allowed just 17 runs in 26 appearances.
Village Christian (24-6) advanced to the Division V semifinals, eventually losing to Whittier Christian, 8-0.