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Burbank puts it all together for Barrera’s 300th win

March 19, 2019

Burbank coach Romeo Barrera was happy to secure his 300th career victory March 8, but not for the reason you might expect.

While the 21-year coach appreciated the milestone, he felt the pursuit had gotten in the way of this season’s progress.

“Right now, it’s a good individual achievement,” said Barrera, who’s in his 13th season at Burbank, “but I kind of wanted to get that monkey off myself. Because it’s more important that we win games and try to get into the playoffs.”

Barrera was a little happier about his 301st and 302nd wins, because his team built on the momentum it established in defeating Schertz John Paul II 9-4 for No. 299 and Canyon Lake 8-4 for No. 300. The Bulldogs (8-8, 2-1) smashed Sam Houston (2-10, 0-3) 12-1 March 11 and Edison (5-12, 0-3) 11-1 March 13 at the SAISD’s Diz Reeves Complex to move into a second-place tie in District 27-5A.

“I think we had a corner turned at Canyon Lake,” Barrera said. “I wish we could have played one more game over spring break. When you’re playing well, you want to keep it going.”

Burbank shared second with Highlands (8-6, 2-1) and Jefferson (9-8, 2-1). Alamo Heights (10-8-1, 3-0) is in first place.

Fourth-year varsity players Arturo Santillan and James Vallejo were the winning pitchers against Sam Houston and Edison, respectively.

Santillan limited the Hurricanes to six hits and kept them scoreless until the fifth. Vallejo pitched a three-hitter.

“Our pitchers are throwing strikes and getting better command of their pitches,” Barrera said. “Our seniors are carrying us a little bit. But I think our sophomores are going to come along in the next couple of weeks.”

Burbank produced 15 hits against Edison, led by Nick Settles (3-for-3, 2 RBI), Samuel Raygoza (3-for-3, RBI) and sophomore Roman Salazar (2-for-3).

McCollum 7,

Harlandale 2

The Cowboys (12-4-1, 4-2) made good use of spring break, winning two of three games.

Third-place McCollum defeated District 26-5A rival Harlandale (8-6, 2-3) March 15 at the Tejeda Complex to cap the week. The Cowboys also downed Veterans Memorial (6-10, 2-4) 10-3 March 11.

McCollum starting pitcher Geonie Vasquez struck out six and allowed one hit in five innings. Johnny Garza (2-for-4, 3 RBI), who pitched the last two innings, supplied a two-run double in the sixth.

An RBI double from Desmond Ortiz and a run-scoring single from Rudy Yanez also were key hits.

Harlandale, which dropped to fifth in 26-5A, scored both of its runs in the second when John Navarro’s bunt was misplayed.

McCollum lost 2-1 to Boerne Champion (14-2, 5-0) March 14.

Southside 3,

Floresville 0

The Cardinals (4-4, 3-3), winless in district last year, jumped into fifth place in District 28-5A with a pair of wins over spring break. Southside blanked host Floresville (6-9, 2-3) March 15 after pulling out a 15-14 decision against Somerset (4-9, 1-4) March 11.

Against Floresville, Isak Garcia pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out seven. Rene Lucio’s three-run triple in the second inning accounted for the only runs.

Southside tallied three runs to tie it in the seventh and four to overcome the Bulldogs in the eighth. The Cardinals scored the game-winner on Chris Camarillo’s RBI single.

Caleb Camarillo was 2-for-3 with a home run. Lucio (RBI), Garcia (2 RBIs), Jerami Gonzales (RBI) and Adrich Diaz (2 RBI) each contributed 3 hits to Southside’s 19-hit attack.