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Friday, June 1, 2012
Softball D7: Pomona Catholic 1, Bell-Jeff 0


Amber Padilla
Amber Padilla's perfect game lifted Pomona Catholic to the CIF-SS Division 7 title.

IRVINE -- Pomona  Catholic has been just about perfect in the Southern Section Division 7 playoffs, and in the championship game Saturday at Col. Bill Barber Park, they were perfect.

Literally.

Amber Padilla pitched a perfect game and the top-seeded Pacers won the section title with a 1-0 victory over second-seeded Bellarmine-Jefferson.

Credit to Bell-Jeff (23-6-2) -- at least the Guards were in the game. That's more than any other team has been in Pomona Catholic's 13-game winning streak in which it outscored opponents 273-0 in the first 12 games of that span.

Pomona Catholic (26-7) outscored its five playoff opponents, 103-0. Bell-Jeff (23-6-2) had outscored its playoff opponents, 56-0. This was the only division among seven playing games this week that included two seeded teams, and obviously the only matchup between teams seeded 1 and 2.

The championship is the sixth for Pomona Catholic, moving it into a tie with Garden Grove Pacifica, Irvine Woodbridge and Temecula Linfield Christian.

Coach Roger Wallace has now won more titles than any other coach, having guided Pomona Catholic to championships in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012.

Padilla outdueled Maria Acosta, who allowed six hits.

Padilla, who watched the movie Perfect Game on Thursday night, struck out eight. The movie reminded her not to focus on the scoreboard, just the batter in front of her.

She got the only run she needed in the first inning. Tori Givens drew a one-out walk, Padilla followed with a single, and then senior Ashley Montion singled to right-centerfield.

"Amber was so focused this week and she really wanted this game," Wallace said of his pitcher, who will continue her career at Caldwell College in New Jersey. "Us coaches were talking about it. They can't score, they can't win."

Padilla made sure of that. She said she knew she was in good shape early in the game when she retired Cristina Colon.

Last year, no matter where I pitched it, she hit it hard," Padilla said of last year's title game, a 7-6 victory. "I struck her out and I'm like, 'OK, I got this.'"

She certainly did.