Jewel City Beats Crescenta Valley for Title

By Nathan Cambridge

After this, there would be no more games to play in the Little League District 16 Major All-Star baseball tournament. Jewel City and then Crescenta Valley had previously beaten the other in this tournament, so this “if necessary” game became necessary to settle the district championship.

It was Glendale’s Jewel City Little League that took an early lead en route to a 13-2 victory over Crescenta Valley in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule Sunday at Montrose Park.

The game featured young athletes who are mostly either 11 or 12 years old, with their teams’ ultimate goal being to reach youth baseball’s holy grail – the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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Crescenta Valley Offense Explodes for Blowout Win

By Mano Baghjajian

Glendale News-Press

Hit after hit after hit. That was the story of the Little League All-Star baseball game between Vaquero-Burbank and Crescenta Valley, whose bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning, collecting an impressive 12 hits.

Crescenta Valley Little League’s Vincent Purcell pitched a scoreless second inning against Vaquero-Burbank on Thursday.

“We did what we came out here to do and that was to jump on fastballs,” said Crescenta Valley manager Mike Herman. “Attack and don’t put it in the umpire’s hands.”

The offensive barrage propelled the Crescenta Valley to a 19-1 victory over Vaquero-Burbank at Montrose Park on Thursday to advance to the District 16 Little League All-Stars final against Jewel City-Foothill All-Stars. The game was called after three innings due to the “run rule,” which states any team trailing by 15 or more runs after the third inning must concede.

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Vaquero-Burbank All-Stars Fall in District Tourney

Photo by Mano Baghjajian / Burbank Leader
The Burbank-Vaquero Little League All-Star baseball team’s season came to an end after a 19-1 loss to Crescenta Valley on Thursday. The team includes Danny Guzman (front, from left) and Braden Powers. Middle row: Jacob Sanchez, Sammy Nunez, Antonio Carcena, Israel Guerrero, Xavi Graham, Julian Huerta, Rudey Parra and David Gonzales. Back: Nicholas De Leon, coach Josh Porter, manager Shonn Graham and coach Ricky Nunez.

By Mano Baghjajian

Burbank Leader

Hit after hit after hit. That was the story of the Little League All-Star baseball game between Vaquero-Burbank and Crescenta Valley, whose bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning collecting an impressive 12 hits. 

“We did what we came out here to do and that was to jump on fastballs,” said Crescenta Valley manager Mike Herman. “Attack and don’t put it in the umpire’s hands.”

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Burbank, Burroughs Athletes Earn All-League

Photo by Austin Green / Burbank Leader
Choy Jimenez, Jonathan Coleman and Christian Choe were three of five boys’ volleyball players from Burbank High School to earn All-Pacific League honors.

The Pacific League recently released its annual All-League lists and dozens of athletes from Burbank and John Burroughs high schools were recognized.

The biggest honor went to Carter Cotrell, who was named the league’s Player of the Year after helping the Burroughs boys’ volleyball team claim the league championship and reach the CIF Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinals. His teammates Kade McGovern, who was an All-CIF first-team selection, and Justin Burras made the All-League first team, and Chris Johnson and Cole Kvarda earned spots on the second team. Michael Cutone received an honorable mention.

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Bulldogs Fall to Hemet

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Despite a complete game effort from junior starting pitcher Daniel Neria, Burbank fell short in their CIF Southern Section Division 5 second-round playoff game at Hemet, losing 4-2 on Tuesday. 

The Bulldogs were unable to overcome a three-run home run allowed in the bottom of the first inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.

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Burbank Edges Crescenta Valley in Pitchers’ Duel, 1-0

By Austin Green

Burbank Leader

Burbank pitchers Ian Schenk and Ryan King combined for a complete-game shutout and King scored the game’s only run on a delayed double steal in the sixth inning as the Bulldogs handed Crescenta Valley its first league loss at home in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel at Stengel Field on Tuesday night.

The win tied Burbank with Crescenta Valley for second place in the Pacific League standings entering Friday’s game between the two schools at Burbank. It also got the Bulldogs back on track after two 10-run losses to Pacific League-leading Arcada the week prior.

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LCHS Roll Through Two Nonleague Games

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team prepared for its final round of Rio Hondo League action with two nonleague victories last week. 

The Spartans opened the week against St. Genevieve of Panorama City and prevailed with a 5-2 win. Brandon Shepherd, making his first appearance on the mound this season, earned the win for La Cañada with one inning of scoreless work in relief of Brandon Cho, who had struck out six with no walks in four frames. Nathan Mertens picked up the save with four strikeouts over the final two innings. 

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Bulldogs Continue To Roll With 5-2 Victory

By Nathan Cambridge
Burbank Leader

Burbank High School’s baseball team has yet to be defeated in Pacific League play, but the Bulldogs are not alone atop the leaderboard and needed to keep it up against Glendale to stay in control of their destiny.

Against the visiting Nitros, Burbank came to life near the game’s midpoint to come away with a 5-2 victory Tuesday afternoon.

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Help Kids Round First with Equipment Donations

Photo courtesy Mark Miller
An impressive haul of equipment was donated just one hour into the first local drive for Helping Kids Round First, which was held at the La Cañada Baseball Softball Association tryouts in January. Another equipment drive is scheduled on Picture Day on March 10.

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Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders

Andrew Friedman
Photo courtesy Jon SooHoo / Dodgers Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena, has helped change baseball culture in Los Angeles since joining the organization in October 2014. The Dodgers boast the league’s best record as they seek their first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers have ruled the Los Angeles sports scene for the past several years, but the
beloved team is now the talk of Major League Baseball, and for good reason.
“The Dodgers are absolutely amazing,” ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian said on television after L.A. defeated the White Sox last Thursday. Los Angeles had notched its 31st win in the last 35 games, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1977 Kansas City Royals. “They lead the league in ERA, they lead the league with 10 shutouts and they’re second in the league in runs scored.”
As of Tuesday, the Dodgers also have a major-league-best 69 victories and a double-digit lead in the National League West, which they have won the past four seasons.
“I think it has to do with the number of different guys who have had their fingerprints on the success of the team to date,” said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena. “We’ve had a few guys who have been consistently way above average, and a number of other guys who have chipped in to give us length in the lineup and rotation.” Continue reading “Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders”