It was a banner year in 2013 for the local softball teams.
Leading the way was Bellarmine-Jefferson High, which won the program's first-ever CIF Southern Section championship after nailing down its fourth straight Santa Cruz League title.
Burbank also had a breakthrough season, going undefeated in the Pacific League and securing its first league crown in 26 years.
Burroughs and Providence also enjoyed their share of success, as both qualified for the postseason.
The good news this season for the quartet is that they all have a solid group of players returning and only the Bulldogs suffered a substantial hit from graduating seniors.
Here is a closer look how the teams are shaping up.
The Guards made history in 2013, as they defeated Mary Star of the Sea, 8-4, to secure the Division VI championship at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. It was only the third CIF title at Bell-Jeff in any sport and only the second softball crown in city history (Burbank won a title in 1975).