It looked pretty easy for the Burbank High baseball team last Friday afternoon on the road against Glendale.
After striking for four runs in the first inning, then adding four more, the Bulldogs carried the day for an 8-0 Pacific League victory as pitcher Angel Villagran held the Nitros to two hits while striking out six.
The scoring began when leadoff hitter Ian McKinnon singled, and after stealing second and third base, scored on Harrison Hernandez’s sacrifice fly.
What followed were three consecutive hits and they included run-scoring singles from Hector Rodriguez and John White, along with Sebastian Santoro’s run-scoring double.
Burbank (7-6 and 2-0 in league) tallied solo runs in the fourth and fifth frames. Santoro (two doubles, a run batted in and a run) opened the fourth inning with a two-base hit and crossed the plate on a hit from Villagran, while McKinnon (two runs) was hit by a pitch in the fifth, and scored on two balks.
Burbank’s final runs came in the seventh inning on a two-run single from Hernandez (three RBIs).
Glendale (1-10 and 0-3 in league) had a threat in the seventh when Thad Wilson was hit by a pitch. He scooted to second base on a single by Sean Harris, but was left stranded after Villagran picked off Harris, and then got an infield grounder and a foul out.
In another Pacific League game, Crescenta Valley waltzed past Hoover, 7-2, behind a 16-hit barrage as Johnny Psaltis allowed one run across five innings.
Bryan Wang finished with four hits for the Falcons (10-5 and 2-0 in league), who scored three runs on five hits in the opening inning as Psaltis and Austin Brines each had RBI singles.
In the bottom of the first, Fidel Hernandez drilled a two-out solo homer for the host Tornadoes (1-8 and 0-2 in league), and later added a double.
The Falcons scored two runs in the third inning as Nolan Rea (two hits), Brett Klein and Adrian Damla (two hits) all singled.
Charlie Trendacosta’s double in the seventh gave the Falcons a six-run cushion.
Hoover’s other run came in the seventh as Jonathan Ramos reached base after being nicked by a pitch, advanced to second base on Luis Zamora’s hit, and came around on an error.