Behind a complete game shutout by pitcher Gabby Ortega, the JGHS Eagles Softball team defeated Magnolia High School 10-0 by 5-inning mercy rule to advance to the quarterfinals in the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs.
It was a mismatch from the beginning, as Ortega set the Sentinels down in order in the top of the first, while the Eagle bats came to life with 4 runs in the bottom half. It would be more than enough run support.
The Eagles continued to pile on, however, as a big 3-run home run by Julia Cole to deep left-center field effectively put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cole (#23) was the ultimate cleanup hitter, finishing the day 3-3 and just a single short of the cycle.
Magnolia’s defense didn’t help, as the Sentinels made 7 costly errors, including 4 in the first inning when the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate.
JGHS also won in a 5-inning shutout in round 1 of the playoffs, traveling over 200 miles to beat Shandon High School 14-0 on June 3. So far, then, the Eagles have outscored their opponents 24-0 in these playoffs.
Up next: A home game on Tuesday, June 8 against Alverno Heights Academy who beat Bethel Christian Riverside by a score of 12-5 on Saturday.
The CIF organization made two important announcements about the future of high school sports in the 2020-2021 school year. On January 19, 2021, they announced that fall sports will no longer have a playoffs. This will give these sports a larger window to have a regular season, meaning the likelihood of playing more games overall but also having no postseason to look forward to. Instead, student-athletes will have to wait ideally for the possibility of playing this year, as it is still each individual district’s decision if sports will resume at their schools.
Just two days later, on January 21, CIF released another document stating the regulations and guidelines for sports as their seasons approach and begin. The general consensus from these documents is that all athletes would be required to wear masks, benches will not switch sides, electronic whistles will be used by referees, and more health and safety protocols. All of these regulations are done to help reduce the spread and keep the athletes safe while still giving them the opportunity to compete.
*Note: COVID Regulations differ for each sport due to differences in rules and method of playing*