Archbishop Mitty has sure made a statement since its lone softball loss of the season, to Valley Christian in late April.

The Monarchs beat their West Catholic Athletic League rival to win the league's regular-season and postseason championships and then did so again Tuesday night at PAL Stadium to advance to the Central Coast Section Division II championship game.

Mitty rolled past Valley Christian 6-0 behind three triples and a home run from its offense and a two-hitter from pitcher Stephanie Kristo.

The Monarchs (29-1) will play for the title Saturday against Pioneer or Hillsdale.

"It's been definitely a revenge-type of thing, obviously," said shortstop Jazmyn Jackson, who had an inside-the-park home run. "Every team is going to have that to anyone they lose to. But, honestly, we're steadily improving, and I think that it really shows in our wins."

Mitty got all the offense it needed against ace Brynne Fitzpatrick in the second. Danielle Bowers led off with a triple to left-center, and Desiree Severance followed with a run-scoring single. Madeleine Kim's triple to left made it 2-0 and a groundout stretched the lead to 3-0.

"We had so much energy," said Bowers, who also had a double. "We knew we had to come out with more energy than the other team."


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Jackson's home run in the fifth extended the lead to 4-0. Severance's sacrifice fly to center and Anissa Bonilla's triple an inning later extended the cushion to six.

Mitty struck out only once against Fitzpatrick.

San Benito 4, Leland 3: Leland nearly ended San Benito's run of eight consecutive section championships when right fielder Ally Kido threw out the go-ahead runner to end the top of the seventh and then loaded the bases in its half of the inning.

But the Haybalers dodged that threat to force extras and went on to edge Leland to advance to the CCS Division I final Saturday against Wilcox or Carlmont.

After surviving the bases-loaded jam, San Benito got a two-run home run from Adriana Ibarra and a solo shot from Callee Heen in the eighth.

Lindsey Hammond's double and Lindsey Calcany-Blair's home run that followed cut Leland's deficit to 4-3 with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth. But San Benito held off the Chargers to keep its section-title run alive.

"Leland's tough," San Benito coach Scott Smith said. "They're very well coached. I commend the girl that played right field. She hit us hard all day. She makes a tremendous throw to the plate. She throws out our fastest kid. I really was pretty nervous for us at that point."

Baseball

Branham has gotten hot at the right time. The Bruins advanced to the CCS Division II championship game with a 3-1 win over Menlo School at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

Branham finished in fifth place in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division. But the Bruins split their final regular-season series with Leigh, knocking the Longhorns out of a share of first place, then advanced to the BVAL Tournament championship game.

Add in three wins in CCS play and they've won seven of their last nine heading into Saturday's title game against St. Francis CCC, which beat Monterey 3-1.

Senior left-hander Alex Zarate went the distance to get the win over Menlo (19-13).

"We're all pulling the rope in the same direction," Zarate said.

Branham scored all of its runs in the first inning after falling behind 1-0.