Erik BoalEmili Escamilla and Tatiana Sanchez are...

Erik Boal

Emili Escamilla and Tatiana Sanchez are the only two athletes from

the Burbank Heartbreakers represented on the 13-player

Burbank-Tujunga 9- and 10-year-old All-Star roster.

Fortunately for Burbank-Tujunga Coach Ray Wilson, he only needed

half of the dynamic duo to defeat Jewel City on Friday at Scholl

Canyon Park.

Escamilla tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out all 15

batters she faced, leading Burbank-Tujunga to an 11-0 mercy-rule

victory in the winner's-bracket final of the Little League District

16 Tournament.

"That was just phenomenal," said Wilson of his 10-year-old

right-hander, who tossed 69 pitches -- 51 for strikes -- and went to

a three-ball count just twice in leading Burbank-Tujunga (2-0) into

the 5 p.m. final Monday at Scholl Canyon.

"I've managed [Tujunga Junior Baseball All-Star] Andy Weissberg

[who hit more than 20 home runs last year at the 11- and 12-year-old

level] the past few seasons, and I've seen him do some great things,

but [Emili's performance] is right up there with the best I've seen.

"And she did it so effortlessly."

When asked if he had seen a pitcher demonstrate the combination of

control and velocity that Escamilla showcased Friday, Jewel City

Coach Steve Kong said, "other than my daughter [Glenn-Hayley], no."

Unfortunately for Kong, his daughter was vacationing in Hawaii,

putting the pitching responsibility on the shoulders of 10-year-old

Samantha Buliavac.

Buliavac was up to the challenge for one inning, but she walked

two batters, hit a batter and surrendered a two-out, run-scoring

single to Escamilla in the second, resulting in a 3-0 deficit.

Escamilla added a triple, scored twice and drove in two runs, but

it was her efficiency in the circle that silenced a Jewel City (1-1)

lineup that scored 33 runs -- including four hits from Priscilla

Carrasco, and three each from Sophie Brady and Kaitlyn Williams -- in

Thursday's opening-round victory against Crescenta Valley (1-1).

"When I go out and pitch, I'm more comfortable [when I hit]," said

Escamilla, whose previous-best outing was a seven-inning no-hitter

with 20 strikeouts in a Burbank Park and Rec contest last year.

"When I started getting into my rhythm, I felt really good. And I

started knowing [that I had a perfect game] about halfway through.

"Throwing my change-up helped, because they weren't sure if they

wanted to swing."

Said Wilson, who received two hits and three runs batted in from

Sanchez, a run-scoring single from Jordan Green, and hits from

Delanie Dryden and Kayla Miller: "I feel pretty confident [with

Escamilla and Miller pitching] that we control our own destiny."

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BOX SCORE

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Burb.-Tuj. 0 0 0 0 0 -- 11 7 0

Jewel City 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 2

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* Game called because of 10-run mercy rule

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Burb.-Tuj. IP H R ER BB K

Escamilla 5 0 0 0 0 15

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Jewel City IP H R ER BB K

Buliavac 5 7 11 9 8 9

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WP-- Escamilla (1-0).

LP-- Buliavac (0-1).

3B: BT-Escamilla.

SB: BT-Dryden 2, Green 2, Escamilla, McCann, A. Miller.

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BOX SCORE

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Burb.-Tuj. 0 3 0 3 5 -- 11 7 0

Jewel City 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 2

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* Game called because of 10-run mercy rule

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Burb.-Tuj. IP H R ER BB K

Escamilla 5 0 0 0 0 15

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Jewel City IP H R ER BB K

Buliavac 5 7 11 9 8 9

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WP-- Escamilla (1-0).

LP-- Buliavac (0-1).

3B: BT-Escamilla.

SB: BT-Dryden 2, Green 2, Escamilla, McCann, A. Miller.

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