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By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Celeste Wood wasn’t dominant Tuesday. She just got the job done, which is all that’s regarded in the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs.
Wood tossed a four-hit shutout to lead host Los Altos to a 1-0 victory over South Hills in a Division 2 first-round game.
The Conquerors, who scored the game’s only run on a throwing error in the first inning, improved to 15-6 and advanced to Thursday’s second round against Moorpark at a site to be determined. Freshman sensation Natalie Lugo gave up three hits and struck out 10 for the Huskies, who finished 21-8.
Wood, who improved to 12-1, turned away three scoring chances for the Huskies, who where 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Los Altos’ Celeste Wood: “I pitched for my team. It was a team win. I was focused on holding (South Hills), not letting them score, and helping my defense out. I just wanted to pitch with my best effort.”
Los Altos coach Nacho Hernandez: “We figured if we could get any type of run, my defense would come through. It did. It was an amazing game to watch.”
South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “We just didn’t execute at the plate. You have to give the pitcher credit. She pitched a good game. Mine did to, but they got the run.”
TODAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Damien 3, St. Joseph 2
Wilson at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
Ramona 16, Nogales 4
Patriot 4, Baldwin Park 1
Mission Viejo 13, Diamond Bar 0
Capistrano Valley 7, Charter Oak 1
Los Altos 1, South Hills 0
Yucaipa 3, Bonita 0
Bishop Amat 6, Burroughs/Burbank 3
South El Monte at Patriot, 3:15 p.m
Heritage 10, Arroyo 0
Sierra Vista 8, Alhambra 3
San Dimas 11, Lompoc 0
Marlborough 14, Azusa 6
Paraclete 4, Edgewood 3
Ontario Chr. 4, Northview 0
Anaheim 2, Duarte 1
Cabrillo/Lompoc 6, Covina 5