GROSS PARK — It was relatively easy for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball team to score runs in bunches in its opening two games of the CIF Southern Section Division VII playoffs. In fact, the Guards crossed the plate 34 times and held their opponents scoreless in notching two shutout victories.
However, through the first three innings of Thursday's quarterfinal game against Bloomington Christian, Bell-Jeff could account for only a single run, as it clung to the slim advantage.
Following a slow start, the team's bats finally came alive, as the Guards pushed across two more runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth to secure a 6-0 victory at Gross Park.
The win propels Bell-Jeff (22-5-2) into the division semifinals for the second straight season. The Guards will take host Rolling Hills Prep at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Rolling Hills Prep defeated University Prep, 23-15, in its quarterfinal Thursday.