IRVINE — For two teams that scored runs in bushels and had yet to yield a run throughout the playoffs, one trend figured to dissolve when the Bellarmine-Jefferson High and Pomona Catholic softball squads participated in the CIF Southern Section Division VII championship game Friday afternoon.
Entering the contest, the teams combined to outscore their playoff opponents,159-0.
What Bell-Jeff hadn't counted on was seeing its power shut off by Pomona Catholic starting pitcher Amber Padilla in its quest to win the program's first CIF title. Unfortunately for the Guards, they fell victim to a masterpiece tossed by Padilla.
Padilla pitched a perfect game to spark top-seeded Pomona Catholic to a 1-0 victory against second-seeded Bell-Jeff at Deanna Manning Stadium.
Pomona Catholic (27-7) defeated Bell-Jeff (23-6-2) to win the title for the second consecutive season and program's sixth overall championship. The Pacers scored in the top of the first inning and then watched Padilla handcuff the Guards.