SAN PEDRO — It has been more than seven weeks since the Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball team has been involved in a close, competitive game.
The Guards, seeded second in the CIF Southern Section Division VII playoffs, enjoyed another one-sided result in a semifinal game Tuesday against No. 3 Rolling Hills Prep at the San Pedro Softball Complex. Bell-Jeff relied on a steady, three-hit pitching performance from sophomore Mia Acosta and hammered out 12 hits to earn a convincing 16-0 victory.
The Guards easily dispatched all their opponents in securing the Santa Cruz League championship this season, outscoring their foes, 123-8. Bell-Jeff has also experienced little resistance in the playoffs, besting opponents, 56-0, in winning four games.
With the win, the Guards (23-5-2) earn a spot in the Division VII championship game for the second straight season. Bell-Jeff will take on Pomona Catholic either Friday or Saturday at a time to be determined at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.