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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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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | May 1, 2013
For the first time in 26 years and in the Pacific League, the Burbank High softball team will be able to call itself a league champion. The Bulldogs secured a share of the league title Wednesday with an 11-1 win over Pasadena in six innings Wednesday at McCambridge Park. They improved to 21-2, 11-0 in league with the victory and are ranked second in CIF Southern Section Division III. Burbank can wrap up the title outright with a win against Arcadia on Friday. Arcadia is tied for second in league with Burroughs and Crescenta Valley, who all have three losses.
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April 30, 2013
SOFTBALL Burroughs 22, Muir 0 (five innings): The Indians stayed in the hunt for the Pacific League championship with an easy mercy-rule win Tuesday at Olive Park. Burroughs is 16-6, 8-2 in league. Jessica Little was two for four with five runs batted in and two runs scored and Dominique Santos had four RBI for Burroughs. BASEBALL Burroughs 13, Muir 1 : The Indians remained tied for the Pacific League lead with the victory Tuesday at Muir. Crescenta Valley (16-7)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 30, 2013
BURBANK - While the likes of Arcadia High, Burroughs and Crescenta Valley are jockeying for Pacific League softball playoff positioning, Burbank, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division III, continues to ride roughshod over the league. The Bulldogs provided further evidence of that on Tuesday afternoon, taking a big step forward in the hopes of clinching a league crown, as they used big innings, powerful and opportunistic offense and the steady, if not spectacular, arm of Caitlyn Brooks to roll to a 10-2 league win over Crescenta Valley at McCambridge Park.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
GLENDALE - Through three innings, there didn't seem to be much separating the respective first- and fifth-place Burbank and Glendale high softball teams Thursday - outside of an error. Those errors continued to pile up, as the Nitros committed seven in the game, turning a three-run game into a 14-0 mercy-rule, five-inning blowout for the Bulldogs, who improved to 18-1, 9-0 in the Pacific League, at Glendale High. “I think we did pretty good, we capitalized on them,” said Burbank's Julia Duarte, who was three for three with three runs batted in and three scored, of Glendale's miscues.
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