Burroughs begins season and expectations are high

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It’s always nice to know that high school baseball is under way as Burroughs lost to visiting Thousand Oaks 8-2 in a nonleague game last Saturday.

The Indians went 14-13 and 8-6 in the Pacific League in 2017, and expect to have a solid campaign.

“Although young in the middle infield and more juniors than seniors on the team, I feel we can be competitive with anyone in the league,’’ said Burroughs Head Coach Craig Sherwood, whose team fell in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs last season.

Sherwood added: “We expect Crescenta Valley to easily be the league favorite with their pitching staff and Arcadia and Pasadena also looking strong,’’ he said.

“Burbank had a deep run in the playoffs last year and should capitalize on that experience. We will be battling for one of the playoff spots.’’

There will be seven pitchers available to Sherwood, but the staff ace is junior Nicco Chuidian.

Seniors Joe Metcalf, Steven Gonzalez and Brandon Ortega along with junior submarine artist Xavier Dubon will also see time on the hill.

The closer will be a battle between juniors Andres Salazar and Brandon Aguilar.

The infield is primarily young and includes senior first baseman and captain Nathan Palafox, while junior Collin Johnson will be the primary designated hitter and backup first baseman.

Sophomore Devin Esquivel will play second base, sophomore Brian Garcia will hold down shortstop and third base will be a clash among seniors Brandon Giraldo and Gonzalez and junior Julian Jaramillo, with the job going to whoever hits the best.

Senior Matthew Diaz and Jaramillo will both see significant time behind the plate.

Senior Revin Diego, who had a productive winter, will hold down the left field position while Chuidian and junior Michael Le will spend time in center field.

Right field will be manned by senior Andrew Jacob Barrera and juniors Dylan Rolando and Salazar will also spend time there.

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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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