YORBA LINDA >> The Yorba Linda softball team put runners on base in multiple innings Thursday, but couldn’t get a key hit against Burroughs in the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals at Yorba Linda High School .
However, the Bears prevailed at key moments both on the plate and on the floor, edging out a 4-0 victory over the Broncos.
Kiley Christopher went 2-3 with two RBIs, Rachel Little and Isabella Scozzola each for the Bears. 23-9) RBI as they host Temple City in the semifinals on Saturday.
“The good news is we have no holes in our roster,” Burroughs coach Doug Nicol said. “Every girl can fight.”
Pitcher Madalyn Martin led the Broncos (18-10) on 2-of-3 shooting, which ranks first in the North Mountain Conference.
Bears pitcher Stevie Dabbadie allowed five hits, four walks and stranded nine runners.
“We just didn’t get a timely hit,” Yorba Linda coach Nicole DeWitt said. “That’s how the game went today. It just happened to be in their favor. They did a lot of great defense and their pitchers were great.”
Yorba Linda had scorers in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The Bears went 1-0 with two outs in Game 4 as the Broncos attempted to score second on Kendra Gominsky’s single right field.
Right fielder Mia Ramirez threw a perfect pitch to second baseman Kelsey Acosta, who then fired at receiver Little, who slapped the runner. tag and let them out with three points.
Martin was great in the first three innings and also got help from Gominsky at shortstop. She had a nice catch on the second no-out line drive, a runner in first, and she threw to Natalie Smith, who went all the way to second. times.
Christopher broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double with two outs and a runner in the first in the fourth.
In the fifth inning, Little moved from Mia Ramirez in third to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Scozzola doubled Gigi Garcia in the sixth before scoring on a single from two-hitter Christopher.
“We do have some situations mid-season where we’re going to keep some guys on the court, so we’ve really been working on our situational hits,” Nicole said. “So it’s really paying dividends. We’re really starting to play better in the playoffs.”