SAN JOSE -- Freshman Holly Azevedo pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts Friday for host Pioneer in a 2-0 win over Mt. Pleasant.
Azevedo (9-0) lowered an ERA that stood at 0.49 prior to Friday's game. It was her fourth shutout. In 64 innings she has allowed 17 hits with 15 walks and has struck out 105.
"She's been lights out,'' Pioneer coach Ernie Garcia said. "Her off-speed pitch is just amazing. She's very fun to coach. Nothing rattles her, she makes my life easy.''
It was the 11th win in a row for Pioneer (11-2, 5-0) and set up a battle of unbeatens for first place in the BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division when Pioneer plays at Leland on Wednesday.
"Everybody's talking about that,'' Garcia said. "The girls are fired up.''
Shortstop Makenzie Drake hit two doubles and a single out of the leadoff spot in the batting order, scoring one run and driving in the other for the Mustangs.
She doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, moved to third on a sacrifice by Maddie Carlson and scored on a single by Alexandra Luna.
Drake came up with a runner on first and two out in the fourth and hit a double to the fence in left field, scoring Kiana Moneski.
Those were all the runs Azevedo would need. She gave up a leadoff single in the second to Jessenia Miranda and a leadoff single in the third to Bryana Lozano, then retired 15 of the last 16 batters she faced.
Mt. Pleasant (8-5, 4-2), which advanced to the Central Coast Section Division II championship game a year ago, is in third place in its first year in the Mt. Hamilton Division.
"We're doing OK, making adjustments,'' Mt. Pleasant coach Manuel Resendez said of his team's move from the Santa Teresa to the Mt. Hamilton Division ."The girls just don't realize that every game is a CCS game.''
Valley Christian 2, Westmont 0: Brynne Fitzpatrick pitched a no-hitter and struck out 16 for Valley Christian (9-4), lowering her ERA to 0.25. She has 181 strikeouts in 84 innings on the season with seven shutouts.
Oak Grove 8, Branham 5: Destiny Garcia scored three runs, had two hits and stole two bases to lead the Eagles (8-5, 5-1 BVAL Santa Teresa). Selena Gomez had two hits and scored two runs. Megan Hackleman had a double and triple and scored two runs for Branham (10-5, 4-1).
Homestead 8, Live Oak 1: Sarah Quick had three hits and two RBIs to lead Homestead (8-7) to the win in the Mission City Tournament.