Not making the CIF Southern Section playoffs in 2017 is enough motivational fuel for the Burbank High softball team.
The Bulldogs posted a 12-14 record, went 8-6 in the Pacific League and are gunning for the postseason.
“If we play like we did in the fall then I think we’re going to be pretty good,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Mike Delaney.
Burbank will host rival Burroughs on April 12 and visit the Indians on May 10.
Senior outfielder/infielder Melissa Daniel (.368 batting average, 19 runs and 19 runs batted in) won’t play because she wants to concentrate on her classes and plans on attending Harvard University.
In the pitching circle will be senior Allie Benson along with junior Alyssa Porras. Benson fashioned a 6-6 mark with a 5.77 earned-run average, had 47 strikeouts and 73 walks over 64 and one-third innings.
Porras finished 6-7 with a 3.57 ERA, fBurbank guns for playoffsanning 61 with 23 walks across 84 and one-third frames.
Senior Erin Lashkari (.339 with 15 runs and a team-best 21 RBIs) will play first base.
Senior Macie Jensen (.297 and 14 runs with 12 RBIs) and junior Amaya Broyls (.354 with 21 runs and 12 RBIs) will spend time at second base.
Sophomore Katie Treadway (.245 and 11 runs) will play shortstop and senior Bene Snyder (.258 with 10 runs and 10 RBIs) will hold down third base.
When it comes to catching, Broyls and junior Desi Gomez will split time there.
Left field will be manned by junior Sarah Garelick (.314 with 11 RBIs) while Jensen and junior Carly Oldfield will also see time at the position.
Junior Alex Davis (.416 with 16 RBIs and a team-high 28 runs) will play center field and senior Anysia Gonzalez (.457 with 21 runs and 18 RBIs) will see action in right field.
Rounding out the team will be junior Izzy Sanchez in right field, junior Nikki Davis at first base, third base and catcher and senior Sarah Taylor, a transfer from Burroughs, will be the pinch hitter.