BURBANK — In its opening playoff game last week, the Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball team had a relatively easy time earning a nine-run win against Frazier Mountain.
However, it appeared the Guards would face their first true test of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs with a second-round game against Pasadena Poly and its accomplished pitcher, DeeDee Logan.
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But Bell-Jeff has its own talented hurler in All-CIF standout Mia Acosta.
For three and a half innings the two pitchers went at it in a scoreless battle. However, the Bell-Jeff offense was finally able to produce some runs when it pushed across three in the bottom of the fourth. Essentially that's all the Guards would need, as Acosta turned in a one-hit gem and Bell-Jeff rolled to an 8-0 victory at Gross Park.
With the win, Bell-Jeff (20-10), the Santa Cruz League champion, will be making its fourth straight appearance in the quarterfinals — the prior three years coming in Division VII. The Guards will play either Boron or Cantwell Sacred Heart at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at a site to be determined.