When Burroughs High pitcher Presley Miraglia enters the pitching circle, it’s a fairly safe bet that the Indians will likely win the game.
In two previous seasons, the right-hander has been one of the most dominant hurlers in the area and should be this campaign as Burroughs is 7-4 and opened its Pacific League schedule this Tuesday at Pasadena.
The Indians will host crosstown city rival Burbank on April 19th and then visit the Bulldogs on May 11th.
“She’s been in the program now for three years and has been a work horse,’’ said first-year head coach Wes Tanigawa. “Presley has been willing to step up to the plate and give 100 percent.”
Tanigawa added about his junior ace: “She always gives it her all and has a lot on her shoulders, but also realizes what she has to do and absolutely knows just how good she is.”
Miraglia, who finished with a 1.41 earned-run average, had excellent support in the field and at the plate as the Indians went undefeated in league play at 14-0, were 21-4 overall and reached the CIF Southern Section semifinals.
The Indians’ infield includes junior first baseman Amanda Flores, junior second baseman Nikki Ricciardella, senior shortstop Lauren Lopez and senior third baseman Brianna Johnson, who has an extremely strong throwing arm with a potent bat.
Two will see time at catcher and they are junior Kaylee Vigil and sophomore Megan Williams.
The outfield will consist of sophomore left fielder Jessica Amaya, junior center fielder Hannah Talavera and senior right fielder Tati Caceres.
The rest of the squad will include junior pitcher Mia Storer, sophomore second baseman Morgan Mersola, sophomore shortstop Citlali Mendez and senior first baseman Makena Savola.
The other members of the team will be freshman Memorie Munoz at third base, sophomore Kaitlin Escamilla in left field and freshman Chloe Bookmyer in right field.