Softball Quarterfinals: Bishop Amat, South Hills and San Dimas all advance to the semifinals

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Thursday’s quarterfinal results
Division 2
South Hills 6, Agoura 1
Division 3
Bishop Amat 3, San Clemente 1
Division 5
St. Bonaventure 6, Sierra Vista 0
San Dimas 8, Mary Star of the Sea 2
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 2

Mission Viejo at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
La Serna at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
St. Bonaventure at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.

AMAT MOVING ON: Bishop Amat held on for a 3-1 victory over San Clemente to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals for the first time since 2012.
But not before a brief scare.
Bishop Amat trailed Burbank 3-0 in the second round and scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh for a miracle comeback to reach the final four.
That was the lead Bishop Amat had over San Clemente heading to the seventh, so when San Clemente’s Mikaela Mak led off the seventh with a single followed by Kelsie Horton’s double off the fence, Lancers centerfielder Alyssa Barrera started thinking the worst.
Would the tables turn?
“I started thinking about that,” Barrera said.But Barrera did something about it, one-handing Horton’s double off the fence and riflying the relay to shortstop Mandy Larios, who fired home to Julia Valenzuela to tag Mak out at the plate.It was a rally saver. Maybe a game saver.“I was just trying to get the ball to Mandy, trying to get the right throw,” Barrera said. “It was just a perfect play overall by everyone.”

LUGO LEADS SOUTH HILLS: Two very good young pitchers faced each other in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs Thursday afternoon at Agoura High School.
South Hills, led by sophomore Natalie Lugo’s game-high 11 strikeouts, defeated host Agoura 6-1 and will return to the semifinals for the first time since 2011.
The reward? A date to host top seed Mission Viejo (28-0), which is, according to USA Today, the top team in the nation in the Super 25 softball rankings.

San Dimas 8, Mary Star of the Sea 2 — Lindsey Hughes struck out nine and Brooke Jackson went 4 for 5 to lead the Saints (21-9) to the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals. Also contributing to San Dimas’ win were Shelbie Moore, who went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Carlie Salm, who had two hits and two RBIs. The Saints will host St. Bonaventure on Tuesday.

South Hills’ Clarissa Perez

South Hills’ Natalie Lugo

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