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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 17, 2013
BURBANK - Having proven to be one of the elite teams in CIF Southern Section Division VII over the last several seasons, the Bellarmine-Jefferson softball team is looking to put its mark on Division VI. The Guards reached the Division VIII championship contest the past two seasons before being moved up this year. PHOTOS: Bell-Jeff vs. Frazier Mountain softball Bell-Jeff passed its first postseason test Thursday, as Monique Landini came within a double of recording a cycle to help the second-seeded Guards register a 10-1 home victory against Frazier Mountain in an opening-round contest at Gross Park.
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May 17, 2013
BASEBALL Arroyo Grande 6, Burbank 1 : The Bulldogs could manage just four hits Friday in losing their CIF Southern Section Division II first-round game on the road. "They threw a big lefty on us and he did a great job," said Burbank Coach Bob Hart, whose team ended the season at 18-9 after winning a share of the Pacific League title. "But also I don't think we were able to do what I think we're capable of doing on offense. But that happens sometimes. " The lone Burbank run came in the seventh inning.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 16, 2013
LYNWOOD - Providence High softball Coach Joel Curtis told his players they would have to cut down on their mistakes if they were to win their CIF Southern Section Division VII first-round game Thursday against host Firebaugh. "I pretty much told them before the game that we were going to have to play mistake-free ball if we were going to win," Curtis said. The Pioneers didn't do that. Mistakes led to early runs for the Falcons and that advantage grew through the latter innings, ultimately leading to a 12-1 loss on the road for Providence.
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By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan | May 16, 2013
A two-run lead was nice to have, but not comfortable enough for Katie Hooper and her teammates on the Burbank High softball team. Hooper made sure her team was comfortable in the final inning of Thursday's CIF Southern Section Division III first-round playoff game against El Rancho. PHOTOS: Burbank High softball advances in playoffs by beating El Rancho High The senior blasted a three-home home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the sixth inning and sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Brooks shut down the Dons in the seventh inning with her 13th, 14th and 15th strikeouts, giving the Bulldogs a 7-2 victory at McCambridge Park.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 14, 2013
BURBANK - Chris Okimoto understands the role of being the No. 9 hitter in a fluid lineup. It's a role he doesn't take lightly while also playing a steady second base for the Burbank High baseball team. Okimoto showed he can produce in the last spot in the lineup, as he finished with a team-high three hits to help host Burbank to a 7-4 victory against Cajon on Tuesday night in a CIF Southern Section Division II wild-card game. Burbank (18-8) will meet host Arroyo Grande in a first-round at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 14, 2013
SOFTBALL Burroughs 9, Arroyo Valley 3 : The Indians received a three-hit, complete-game effort from pitcher Brice Edrington on Tuesday to earn a CIF Southern Section Division III wild-card win on the road. "This was just a great effort by our girls and I'm just so proud of them," said Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol, whose team is the No. 4 seed from the Pacific League. "We started the game with three runs in the first inning and we never looked back. " Edrington also did well at the plate, as she was one of four Burroughs (18-8)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | May 13, 2013
Softball: Minutemen, Panthers have first-round games Thursday, while San Marino, Westridge, La Salle and Marshall have wild cards on Tuesday. With five Pasadena area softball teams receiving playoff assignments on Monday morning when the CIF Southern Section released its pairings, three will waste no time in opening up with wild-card games on Tuesday, while Maranatha High and Pasadena Poly will host first-round contests on Thursday. As for the wild-card round, Westridge takes to the road, while La Salle, San Marino and Marshall Fundamental will play host.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 13, 2013
The Burbank High and Bellarmine-Jefferson softball programs enter the CIF Southern Section playoffs with their share of momentum. Coincidentally, both squads earned No. 2 seeds in their respective divisions. For the Bulldogs, they are fresh off of capturing their first league championship since 1987, taking the title in the Pacific League. The Guards enter the postseason after winning their fourth consecutive Santa Cruz League crown. Burbank and Bell-Jeff will be joined in the playoffs by Burroughs and Providence.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 10, 2013
NEWHALL - There is reason for the members of the San Marino boys' tennis team to feel like they have oversized targets on their backs. Along with being the No. 1 team in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs, the Titans also have yet to be beaten this season and they came into Friday's second-round match having blanked their fair share of opponents in dominating fashion. If the Titans were under any pressure to live up to their lofty accomplishments it certainly didn't show Friday, as they were able to knock off host Hart in relatively easy fashion to the tune of an 18-0 victory.
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BY EMIN AVAKIAN | May 9, 2013
BURBANK - The Providence boys' volleyball team had a commendable, and perhaps, unpredictably superb season conclude in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs Thursday evening. With just one senior with postseason experience, the Pioneers grew and learned on the fly in a season that saw them overcome the inexperience to win the Liberty League championship and finish the season taking nine of the last 10 matches, including a first-round victory over California Academy of Math & Science on Tuesday.
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