Pioneers’ Stellar Season Ends One Game Short of Title Match

Photo courtesy Eric Owens
Freshmen Breanna Pelaez and Olyvia Rutter helped Providence reach the CIF Southern Section semifinals in one of the program’s most successful seasons. The Pioneers finished the season with an 11-5 record.

By Eric Owens

Special to the Burbank Leader

Second-seeded Providence had a tough CIF-SS Division 7 playoff semifinal against visiting Lakeside High of Lake Elsinore, suffering an 11-5 setback at Burbank’s Olive Park.

Freshman Olyvia Rutter pitched six relief innings for Providence (11-5 overall record) and surrendered six runs (only three of which were earned) on seven hits while striking out four Lancers.

Rutter was red-hot at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two run inside-the-park home runs to center scoring Breanna Pelaez, who finished with a double and two runs scored. 

Belen Benito went 2-for 3, including a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the fifth inning; she also doubled and knocked in two runs. Lucia Mosquera went 2 for 4 and scored a run. 

Providence finished its COVID-abbreviated season with a second-place finish in the Prep League and their first playoff campaign since 2017 in one of the best finishes in the program’s history.