SAN PEDRO — One by one, the Bellarmine-Jefferson softball team strolled to the plate brimming with confidence. With that certainty came the ability to find the openings throughout the field.
The Guards perfected it, scoring eight runs in the second inning en route to an easy 16-0 road victory against Rolling Hills Prep on Tuesday afternoon in a CIF Southern Section Division VII semifinal contest at the San Pedro Softball Complex, advancing to its second consecutive title game in the process.
Second-seeded Bellarmine-Jefferson (23-5-2) will now meet top-seeded and defending champion Pomona Catholic in the championship game on Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.
"We go out there and prepare to play anybody, anyway," said first-year Bell-Jeff Coach Florencio Galindo, whose team will face a Pomona Catholic squad that beat Mesa Grande, 24-0, and, like Bell-Jeff is yet to allow a run in the playoffs. "We'll go out there and do anything to get runs across.