Chatsworth too good

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By the top of the third inning, the host Burbank High baseball team was already five runs down last Tuesday in a Babe Herman Tournament game.

The latter four frames were slightly better for the Bulldogs, who still lost to the Chancellors 7-1.

Burbank (2-5) collected seven hits off senior pitcher Nick Jimenez, who went seven innings while striking out four.

Jimenez was impressive as he worked a perfect first, fourth and seventh inning.

Only a day prior, the Bulldogs were sideswiped by Birmingham 18-0, another good team.

“You’re constantly trying to evaluate and assess,’’ said Burbank Head Coach Bob Hart. “We put our guys against the best teams for a reason. We’re hoping to get them ready for the Pacific League. Test them out a little bit. But right now we’re banged up.’’

Burbank scored its run in the fifth as six batters went to the plate including three batters getting base hits.

The key blow came from freshman Ryan King, who singled to center as senior Matt Moreno scored after reaching on a single up the middle.

“I was proud of the resiliency and that they didn’t throw in the towel,’’ said Hart.

The Chancellors led 2-0 in the first when sophomore Andy Ambriz walked with the bases loaded as senior Miguel Marin scored and it became 2-0 when junior Austin Carrillo bounced into a double play as senior Alex Milone, who walked, scored.

Chatsworth’s lead swelled to 4-0 in the second inning on Marin’s hit that plated senior Ryan Barry, who doubled and Milone’s double brought in Marin.

It became 5-0 in the third frame when Ambriz was hit by a pitch and later came home on an error.

Barry’s single to left field scored Carrillo, who walked in the fifth inning and the Chancellors (7-3) tacked on a run in the seventh inning when senior Steve Diaz laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored junior pinch runner Hector Carreon, who came in for junior Stevan Gomez, who walked.


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