By Corey Kwok
(Arcadia) – Arcadia got the only run it needed in the first when Erik Trask walked in the lone run of the game. That score stood until the final out as K.J. Edson went the distance in a two hitter with six strikeouts to preserve the Apaches’ perfect mark in the Pacific with a 1-0 win over Burbank Tuesday.
Burbank had its opportunities early, stranding a runner on second in the first and another on third the next inning before safely landing the first two batters in the sixth on a walk and an error.
The Apache defense rose to the occasion early in the contest when on a bang bang double play Brandon Benson snared a line drive and fired it to Haram Park. Also Arcadia got a huge lift in the sixth inning when Edson picked off a runner and Tyler Dominguez connected with Park on consecutive groundouts to shortstop that ended the Bulldog threat.
Edson finished off the Burbank side in the seventh, inducing a grounder to second with two strikeouts to clinch it.
Arcadia also had their fair share of opportunities squandered as well, first loading the bases with one out in the first only to be snubbed a double play. The Apaches left runners hanging in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth. The last threat was neutralized by another Burbank double play.
With the Burroughs baseball program forfeiting the remainder of the season, the Apaches earned a default win for their previously scheduled rematch against the Indians and instead will resume play next Tuesday at Pasadena in another huge Pacific league showdown.
The forfeit also benefits the Apaches’ pitching staff. Namely Edson, who as a result will receive a seven day rest before the contest with PHS, a game he is again expected to start. It will mark three consecutive starts for Edson.