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Middle School Girls Win Softball Championship


Ron Peterson

On May 7 the Culver City Middle School Girls' Softball Team's season came to an end with a win in the Championship Game.

The Panthers finished with a 10-0 season and capped it with the Delphic League Championship. The first Delphic League Championship ever for Culver City Middle School. Led by 8th grade pitcher Marisa Mejia, the Panthers defeated Harvard Westlake, 14 to 2.

Mejia, the daughter of second-year coach Jose Mejia, baffled Harvard Westlake, striking out 11 batters. She allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks over seven innings. She also pitched a no hitter against Chaminade Middle School in the semi-final game.

With the lead 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning the offensive charge was led by Gabby Guerrero, Michelle Franco, Brook Francis and Junie Dickson. They helped lead Culver City with nine hits and five RBIs over the last three innings.

The Panthers had a balanced offense and defense all season. The Panther offense never scored fewer than 10 runs and scored more than 20 four different times.

The offense was powered by Brook Francis, Gabby Guerrero, and Marisa Mejia. All three batted over .500.

On defense, the Panthers only gave up six runs the entire season, including in the playoffs. Along with Marisa, Gabby Guerrero and Lailah Bell anchored the pitching staff for the Panthers, led by assistant coaches Todd Francis and Vincent Guerrero.


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