LOS ANGELES -- The Crescenta Valley-Foothill Junior All-Star softball team used nearly perfect pitching coupled with a late offensive surge to propel them to a 10-2 victory over South El Monte in the second round of the Southern California Division III Junior Softball Tournament on Kent D. Mace Field at the Carl E. Nielson Youth Park in Westchester Sunday afternoon.
Crescenta Valley-Foothill held South El Monte without a base runner until the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning, when Jasmine Cabrera hit a single off of relief pitcher Adela Alatraca to break up the perfect game bid.
Alex Howard started in the circle for CVFH and threw four perfect innings while striking out seven. Howard also got things going in the scoring department for CVFH, breaking a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out single up the middle that gave the Section 2 champions a 2-0 advantage. Alatraca and Brenda Gamez, who both had singles earlier in the fifth, scored the runs.