Squads Fall In The Postseason!

May 23, 2009 by  

BASEBALL/SOFTBALL: Four teams lose in first-round games on the road, as no teams are left in the CIF playoffs.

BURBANK — It was a fine accomplishment for the local high school baseball and softball programs when seven of the area’s eight squads qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The past few years, local teams have won wild-card games and others have been triumphant in first-round contests.

However, this season the locals struggled. Only the Bellarmine- Jefferson High baseball team was able to win a postseason game.

But as of Thursday, every team — including the Guards — had been eliminated.

Bell-Jeff won its Division VI wild-card game Tuesday against La Sierra Academy, 19-1, in a mercy-rule contest. It was only the Guards’ second playoff win in program history.

The Guards met No. 3 Windward Thursday in a first-round game on the road, and they lost, 6-0.

“[Windward] just had more playoff experience than we did,” Bell-Jeff Coach Hector Perez said. “We are a young team and they had a team with a lot of seniors.”

The Guards and starting pitcher Patrick Haney were shaky in the first two innings, giving up one run in the first and five in the second. But after that, Haney settled down and didn’t allow another run.

“I’m very proud of Patrick,” Perez said. “He went all seven innings, he gave up seven hits and only three of the runs were earned.”

Bell-Jeff (10-12) — the third-place team from the Santa Fe League — had a chance to score in the fifth inning when it put runners on second and third with no outs. But a botched double steal and squeeze attempt was unsuccessful, and the Guards couldn’t score.

Windward (16-7) — the Delphic League champion — pitchers had 15 strikeouts.

Also falling on Thursday was the Bell-Jeff softball team, which fell to host Connelly, 12-0, in a Division VII first-round game.

Bell-Jeff (4-13) was the No. 3 team from the Santa Cruz League and Connelly (15-7) won the San Joaquin League title.

Also suffering a loss Thursday on the road was the Burroughs softball team, which fell to Oak Park, 2-0, in a Division III game.

Burroughs (15-11), the second-place team from the Pacific League, could only manage three hits and had 12 strikeouts. Vanessa Simile, Taylor Buliavac and Angela Parker had the Indians’ hits.

“Their pitcher pretty much dominated us,” Burroughs Coach Jose Valle said. “We didn’t have a very good approach up at the plate.”

Oak Park (17-10), which placed third in the Tri-Valley League, scored its runs in the first two innings.

Providence (10-8) was the final team that went down to defeat Thursday, as it lost to Nordhoff, 5-0, on the road in a Division VI contest.

The Pioneers finished second in the Liberty League and Nordhoff (11-12) was the runner-up in the Frontier League.

By Jeff Tully

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