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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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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 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 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 9, 2013
BURBANK - Having wrapped up the Pacific League championship last week, the Burbank High softball team could have afforded a loss in its season finale Thursday. However, the Bulldogs had plenty to play for. Along with the chance to finish the league undefeated, the Bulldogs were also trying to hold on to their No. 2 ranking in CIF Southern Section Division III. There was also a little motivation to beat their cross-town rival Burroughs. Behind a fine pitching performance, as well as a solid outing at the plate, from sophomore Caitlyn Brooks, who tossed a one-hitter, Burbank was able to complete its perfect Pacific League campaign with a 9-0 victory against the Indians at Olive Park.
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By Robert Fulton and By Robert Fulton | May 8, 2013
BURBANK - With a Santa Cruz League title wrapped up and senior day on the calendar, Bellarmine-Jefferson High softball Coach Florencio Galindo decided to turn to senior Karina Hernandez as his starting pitcher again St. Genevieve on Tuesday. It turned out to be the right call. "She's been pitching whenever we need her," Galindo said. "What a way for her to go out. She pitched a great game. " Hernandez tossed a complete-game shutout as the Guards defeated the Valiants, 7-0, at Robert Gross Park.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 3, 2013
ARCADIA - The last time the Burbank High softball team was able to capture a league championship was in 1987, when the Bulldogs had a premier starting pitcher in All-American Debby Day. This season, Burbank has another outstanding hurler in sophomore Caitlyn Brooks, who is in the midst of a wildly successful season. Like Day, she has also helped guide the team to a league championship. While the Bulldogs offense might have sputtered Friday in a Pacific League game against host Arcadia, Brooks was able to keep them in the game.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 2, 2013
BURBANK - It was a battle of the Liberty League's top two teams, as well as the two most potent offenses in the league, when the Providence High softball team took on Faith Baptist on Thursday. While the Pioneers entered the contest averaging a league-best 19.5 runs in four games, the Contenders averaged nearly 16 runs in five games. However, while there wasn't a big discrepancy in the team's offensive numbers, the defensive numbers were vastly different, as Faith Baptist surrendered only two runs in its five games and Providence gave up 27. The Contenders' ability to limit their opponent's offense came into play Thursday when they held the Pioneers to just one hit. That helped Faith Baptist earn a 10-0 victory against Providence at Olive Park.
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