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Pasadena Poly can't slow down Bell-Jeff in softball playoffs

Softball: Guards' Mia Acosta pitches one-hitter to pace team to 8-0 second-round victory against visiting Panthers.

May 21, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Raul Roa / Staff…)

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.

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The past two seasons, Bell-Jeff, which is seeded No. 2, advanced to the Division VII championship, losing both years to Pomona Catholic, which just happens to be seeded No. 1 in Division VI.

"We knew about them coming in and we knew they were going to be a tough team," Pasadena Poly Coach Steve Beerman said of the Guards. "That's the best team we've played all season. …Hat's off to them."

Acosta, a junior, continued what has been a wealth of success the past two seasons in the playoffs. Through two games, the right-hander has surrendered just one run, that coming in the 10-1 result against Frazier Mountain. In last season's playoffs, Acosta gave up just a single run.

Against Pasadena Poly (15-6) — the No. 2 team from the Prep League — Acosta turned in a steady performance. Along with the one hit, she struck out seven and walked two.

"I don't think about how many hits I've given up when I'm out there," Acosta said. "I just try and concentrate on the batter.

"But it's nice to have a good infield behind me. Sometimes when a ball is hit I don't even have to look back because I know they're going to get it."

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