SIMI VALLEY — Armani Garcia threw a no-hitter Thursday. That was just enough for the Santa Ynez softball team to get through to the second round.
Garcia struck out 11 and made an unearned run in the second inning stand up as the Pirates edged Simi Valley Grace Brethren 1-0 at Grace Brethren in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 Playoffs.
"We were slated to lose this game," said Santa Ynez coach Denicia Gills. "Their pitcher (that they used Thursday), Jessie Fontes, was their ace. She had pitched 100 innings and had something like 200 strikeouts."
Gill said, "We were slated to lose this game. This was big for our team. Big."
Maxpreps ranks Grace Brethren (14-5) 179th in the state and rates Santa Ynez (13-6-2) 411th.
Santa Ynez had just one hit itself Thursday, a Molly Kadlec single, but the Pirates broke through for an unearned run against Fontes in the second.
Michaela Baker reached second base on a two-base error on what Gills described as a hard-hit ground ball. Baker stole third base then scored on an error by the third baseman.
Santa Ynez overcame two errors. Gills said Garcia walked no one.
"How a team (deals with) errors in a game like this is big, and our girls overcame them," said Gills.
The Pirates won for the second time in the playoffs. They defeated El Monte Arroyo 10-3 Tuesday in a wild card game at Arroyo.
The 2017 Division 7 runners-up will play at Riverside North at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the second round. North (20-7) defeated Yucca Valley (14-2) 19-4 in the first round Thursday.
Baldwin Park Sierra Vista 16, Nipomo 6 (4 1/2 innings)
BALDWIN PARK - The Dons (16-6-1) defeated the Titans (10-16) in the first round of Division 6.
The game was called after the top of the fifth because of the run rule.
Alijah Realin went 3-for-3 for the Titans, scored twice and drove in a run. Karley Camacho was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
St. Joseph 9, Sierra Madre Alverno Heights Academy 1
The Knights (15-11-1) breezed to a first-round win in Division 5 over the Jaguars.
Seyenna Cavasos had a three-run home run to put the Knights up 4-0. She also tacked on another inside-the-park homer to plate two more St. Joseph runs.
Skylar Johnson's RBI triple put the Knights up 5-0.
St. Joseph, which scored another win in the playoffs after edging Lompoc 1-0 in a wild card game Tuesday, will play at Santa Paula at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the second round.
Atascadero 8, St. Bonaventure 0
Bailey Doherty threw a no-hitter, and the Greyhounds (21-3) beat the Seraphs (12-13) in first-round Division 3 game. No other details were available.
In other Division 3 action, Orange El Modena beat San Luis Obispo 7-3 in a first-round game at El Modena. In Division 5, Templeton (23-0) stayed unbeaten by edging Quartz Hill 2-1 in a first-round game at Templeton.
Santa Ana Segerstrom 8, Santa Ynez 1
SANTA ANA - The Jaguars (24-5) broke open this Division 4 first-round game with five runs in the sixth inning and defeated the Pirates (20-10).
In other first-round Division 4 action, top seed Torrance South beat Lompoc 7-2 at South, and Sierra Vista Baldwin Park blanked Atascadero 4-0 at Sierra Vista.