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Foothill League softball: Saugus has another trick up its sleeve

Cents backup pitcher enjoys dominant outing as the defending champs improve to 4-0 in league

Posted: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Saugus High pitcher Brandi Burgin (9) pitches against Golden Valley on Thursday at Saugus. Burgin, pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win for the Centurions.

As if the Saugus softball team wasn’t scary enough, the Centurions brought out yet another weapon.

Saugus sophomore Brandi Burgin started in place of junior pitcher Alanna Layton and shut down Golden Valley in an 11-0 five-inning victory on Thursday afternoon at Saugus High.

Burgin picked up the win, throwing five innings, allowing five hits while striking out seven and walking one.

“All I wanted to do is keep our numbers up and keep the momentum and intensity up,” Burgin said.

She didn’t just keep up the momentum, she increased it.

Saugus, the defending Foothill League champions, has now outscored its opponents 38-9 through four Foothill League games, as the Centurions improved to 15-3 overall, 4-0 in Foothill League play.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better start (to the league season),” said Saugus head coach Julie Watson.

That theme was present on Thursday, too, as Saugus jumped on Golden Valley pitcher Sydney Herrera in the first inning to score five runs.

Centurions catcher Karlee Bickford capped off the first-inning scoring with a two-RBI single to left, and finished the day 1-for-2 with three RBIs — the senior catcher now has 10 RBIs in her four league games.

For Golden Valley (6-12, 0-4), a team head coach Hugo Castillo has described as in a rebuilding mode this season, the game was another lesson.

“We’re at this point where we’re still fighting,” said assistant coach Will Negrete, who was coaching the game in place of Castillo. “We’re trying to be more respected, and get more respect in this league.”

Herrera rebounded at the plate for Golden Valley, picking up the only multi-hit game of the day for the Grizzlies with two singles.

But while the Grizzlies are a team going through growing pains, Saugus put yet another exclamation mark on what has become a surprising season for a team that was picked to finish in the middle of the pack by league coaches.

The Centurions added four runs in the second, and another in the third and fourth.

Now, they’ll turn their attention to Tuesday, when they’ll host West Ranch, which sits in a second place tie after defeating Hart 9-1 on Thursday.



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