SAN JOSE -- The Pioneer softball team cleared the next-to-last hurdle Wednesday with a 5-0 win over Hillsdale in the Central Coast Section Division II semifinals.

Now the Mustangs have a chance to win a CCS title. But the biggest obstacle of all awaits in Saturday's championship game: No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Archbishop Mitty.

"It's a challenge, but I'm ready," said Pioneer freshman pitcher Holly Azevedo, who improved to 18-2 with her 11th shutout of the season.

No. 2 seed Pioneer (24-4) played Mitty way back in the season opener and lost 8-0. But that was Azevedo's first game at the high school level. She has picked up a lot of confidence since. In 137 innings she's allowed 61 hits, walked 40 and struck out 203.

"Our girls are excited," said Pioneer assistant coach Omar Jimenez. "There's nothing like revenge."

Azevedo was in control throughout against No. 3 seed Hillsdale (21-8). She pitched a three-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts. Only one Hillsdale runner reached third base, and that occurred with two out in the seventh.

"She's tough," Hillsdale coach Randy Metheany said of Azevedo. "When she does groove one you've got to go after it. We were a little hesitant. I was disappointed with our lack of aggression, especially after how aggressive we were in the last game (an 11-2 win over Presentation)."

It was Hillsdale's second loss to Pioneer this season. The Knights also lost to Mitty once.

Metheany, a veteran coach known for speaking his mind, was asked if he thought Pioneer had a chance against the Monarchs (29-1).

"Not really," he said. "(Mitty) is that good. If we played them we would've needed a Herculean effort, and they would've had to play a C-plus game."

Pioneer scored all the runs it needed in a three-run first inning.

McKenzie Drake hit a leadoff double, Alex Luna walked and both scored on a triple to left-center by cleanup hitter Caitlyn Weisner. Maddie Carlson's ground ball to shortstop brought home Weisner.

It stayed 3-0 until the sixth when Tatiana Venegas singled and scored on a triple by Kiana Moneski. Lauryn Garcia's grounder to second base enabled Moneski to score.

Pioneer is on a roll. The only question left is how it stacks up with the acknowledged top team in the CCS.

"These kids are looking forward to it," Jimenez said. "We're a lot better prepared than we were the first time we played them. We're jelling as a team. Our keys are to play our best defense and to be aggressive on offense."

Division III

Santa Catalina 10, Half Moon Bay 0 (five innings): No. 1 seed Santa Catalina (19-4-1) advanced to play Notre Dame-Salinas in Saturday's CCS final.

The Cougars broke it open with a six-run fourth inning and added three in the fifth when the game was called due to the 10-run rule. No. 4 seed Half Moon Bay finished 22-8.