SAN RAMON -- RaeAnn Garza has a knack for delivering in big games.
The James Logan High senior came through again in Wednesday's North Coast Section Division I softball semifinals, leading the Colts to a 1-0 win over host California and into the championship game for the fourth straight year.
Garza pitched a three-hit shutout and also drove in the Colts' lone run in the top of the sixth inning. After Clarissa Blaquera led off with a single, Garza ripped a double to deep center that easily plated the run.
"For a little one, she comes up in big games," Logan coach Teri Johnson said of her four year starting pitcher. "Big player, key player."
Now Garza and the No. 3 seeded Colts (25-1) will try to win their third NCS crown in four seasons. Logan faces No. 5 Freedom in the championship game on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's College.
Cal pitcher Lindsey Chalmers was also good, mowing down batters early and striking out 10. But the Grizzlies offense couldn't find a way to give her any run support.
Cal (21-5) had its opportunities against Garza, the best being a two-on, no-out situation in the second. A diving grab by first baseman Melina Rodriguez on a popped up bunt helped end the rally.
"Our biggest focus was they can't win if they don't score," Garza said. "We knew the hitting was going to come through, the focus was defense."
Blaquera adding a nifty diving catch in the third inning to rob Kwyn Cooper of a hit.
Cal stranded six base runners total, but went down in order after Logan took the lead.