March 11, 2020, the day before the entire world shutdown, Burlingame fended off the Ravens of Sequoia 3-2. Anticipating their next game, news about the global pandemic put everyone on lockdown and thus forcing the cancellation of the 2020 spring season.
383 days later, the wait was over! Burlingame Baseball was back in action as they faced the Terra Nova Tigers of Pacifica. With much of the Tiger roster depleted due to Varsity Football, Terra Nova was forced to bring up the JV players to accomodate the double-header.
For the Panthers, it was Max Alvira going to the opening day rubber against Cameron Meyer. After a scoreless 1 1/2 innings, Burlingame’s bats exploded for a record-breaking 2nd inning.
Dexter Quisol led off with a triple to deep left center and scored after Jacob Cilia grounded to Michael Reyes, who’s overthrow to home scored Quisol and moved Cilia up 90 feet. Cilia’s speed on the bases did not disappoint on the next play as a sac bunt by Jake Caprini from Meyer to Caleb Catalano score him all the way from second, relay to catcher Jacob Reeder not it time. Next up to the plate was sophomore catcher Charlie Happ, who singled to shortstop; he was relieved on the bases by Sean Richardson, who stole a pair to get to third base. Richardson was score on a single up the middle by Ryan Kang, who advanced to second on Keuno Kim’s single. Next batter up, Lou Martineau; on the first pitch, Martineau hit a shallow fly to right field which fell short of fielder Christian Alas Guardado, who kicked into right field foul territory, resulting in an 3-run inside-the-park-homerun to put the Panthers up 6-0.
Burlingame was not done with the inning onslaught yet, after Johnny Suarez struck out, Caleb Catalano relieved Cameron Meyer, who left the game with a full count due to an elbow injury; he would go on to walk Taylor Kaufman and Quisol (Kaufman stole third) as well as hit Cilia with a pitch. Caprini would get his first RBI’s of the 2021 campaign with a double to right field that scored Kaufman and Quisol. Next two runs come across a single to left field by Happ to put a up a 10-spot in the second inning. Kang’s double to right field advanced Happ to third, and another throwing error by Reyes scores Happ. A single to right field for Martineau and a double by Johnny Suarez drove in runs 12 and 13, Kaufman’s RBI-single was number 14. Next run that came across was courtesy of a dropped fly ball by right fielder Leo Pointer that put Quisol on second, Kaufman to third, and scoring Suarez. Cilia’s single to right tabulated the final run of the inning before Caprini closed it out with a flyout to right field.
The end result of the second inning, 16 runs, 12 hits, 3 errors, 2 runners left on base. 21 batters were sent to the plate, which breaks the record on all levels for performance in an inning that was set on March 26 2003 v. Aragon. in that second inning, Burlingame busted out with 15 runs, 10 hits, 1 Aragon error, 1 runner left on base, and sent 19 batters to the plate en route to a 27-3 victory, which still hold as the school record for runs in a game.
Burlingame’s final 3 runs of the game would be contributed in the next inning, courtesy of a bases-loaded walk by Richardson, and singles by Sean Richardson and Charlie Dohemann.
The game was concluded after the middle of the 5th after both coaches mutually agreed to end the game due to a large margin. Final Score, Burlingame Panthers 19, Terra Nova Tigers 0. The shutout also breaks the record for largest shutout on opening day, surpassing the 16-0 win over Woodside five years ago.
Alvira picks up the win for the Panthers going 3 strong and striking out 6. Coleman finished the final two innings with 5 strikeouts to share the shutout. Martineau finished the night 2-3 with 4 RBI’s; his Inside-the-parker was the first by a Panther since Savaun Brown on March 11, 2017 v. Riordan in the 3rd inning off of Michael Altman, and the 8th in the last 10 years alone.
Burlingame is back in action Wednesday as they will walk a mile to face longtime rival San Mateo High. First Pitch at 4:00
Next Home game is set for Friday at 7:00 v. Mills as part of a split double-header