SUN VALLEY — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball coaches wanted to see how the team would fair against tougher competition this season.
So, they ramped up the Guards' schedule, as the team will take on larger schools and teams from higher divisions.
Bell-Jeff got the chance to see how it would do against one of those teams when it faced Village Christian in a nonleague game Monday.
The Crusaders are ranked No. 3 in CIF Southern Section Division IV and are coming off a season in which they advanced to the Division V semifinals. In addition, Village Christian boasts senior starting pitcher Emily Seidel, a Burbank resident and All-CIF standout that has signed with the University of Nevada Reno.
The Guards proved they are definitely worthy, as Bell-Jeff scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn a 5-4 victory at Village Christian.
"We are just thankful that teams like this are willing to play against us," Bell-Jeff Coach John Castaneda said. "Our goal is just to get better, and the only way you do that is against tougher competition. We want to play these types of games so when we get to the playoffs we'll have the experience."