Burbank rallies for 5-4 win

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A late rally saved the Burbank High baseball team when it hosted Muir in a Pacific League game last Friday night.

Trailing for six innings, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the seventh and won 5-4.

Senior Andrew De La Torre had the game-winning hit to right field and senior Cody Winters delivered a two-run single to left.

Was De La Torre concerned the Bulldogs were behind by two runs heading into the seventh?

“Maybe once or twice, but then we found a way to get it back and pick it up. We just wanted it more than they did,’’ he said.

Burbank (2-3-1 and 2-0 in league) scored a solo run in the second that tied it at 1-1 and the fourth that leveled it at 2-2.

Junior Jakob Duarte walked with one out and junior Adam Loera came in as a pinch runner.

Loera went to second base on a balk and third on a single by De La Torre. When De La Torre took off in what seemed like a steal, it drew a throw and in that time Loera took off for the plate and scored.

A one-out sacrifice fly by junior Oaklee Spens scored Duarte, who led off the fourth with a double and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by De La Torre (three hits).

The Mustangs (6-3 and 0-2 in league) assumed a 1-0 edge in the first when senior Aryonis Harrison drew a one-out walk, stole second and third base and scored on a wild pitch.

Muir added a run two innings later for a 2-1 lead on Harrison’s grounder that scored senior Tyquise Solomon, who walked, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.

A run-scoring single by junior Ely Resendiz made it 3-2 in the sixth as junior Amaris Harrison singled, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aryonis Harrison, came around to score.

Senior David Solis led off the seventh by getting hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a bloop single by Solomon for a 4-2 edge.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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