GLENDALE — It was a daunting task for the Burbank Major Softball All-Star team.
In order to capture the District 16 championship, the locals would have to earn two victories against Crescenta Valley — in the same day.
Burbank had to win a game Wednesday that was halted from the day before, and come back and defeat the same opponent in the championship game.
The locals did just that, turning back Crescenta Valley, 12-2, to secure the crown in a four-inning mercy-rule result at Scholl Canyon Ballfields.
In the suspended game, Burbank held on for a 14-11 win. However, the locals had to battle back to gain the victory. At one point, Burbank trailed, 11-9.
The title puts Burbank into the Section 2 Tournament. Luckily for the locals, the event begins today at Scholl.
Through no fault of his own, Burbank Manager Bruce Del Castillo didn’t get to see the championship game because he was suspended. He was kicked out of Tuesday’s game after some Burbank fans became unruly, and he was tossed because of it.
“I think that really fired them up,” Del Castillo said of his departure. “After that they started playing well and they really stepped up.”
Defensive problems helped Crescenta Valley stay in the game Tuesday. However, after winning the first contest, Burbank got back to its dominating ways in the second game.
“No one struck out in the second game, and we only had two walks” Del Castillo said. “They were all up there hitting, and they played like we knew they could. It was just a matter of them getting back to doing what they do best.”
Burbank’s Michelle Santiago was two for two with a double, triple, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Davina Del Castillo scored two runs and had two RBI.