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Long Beach Poly Softball

CIF Softball: Long Beach Poly Beats Mira Costa in Playoff Opener

The562’s high school softball coverage for the 2023 season is sponsored by Long Beach City Councilwoman Megan Kerr.

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly athletics in the 2022-23 school year is sponsored by Poly alum Jayon Brown and PlayFair Sports Management. 

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Poly athletics in the 2022-23 school year is sponsored by JuJu Smith-Schuster and the JuJu Foundation.

Photo courtesy Poly coach Elizabeth Sanches

The Long Beach Poly softball team defeated Mira Costa on the road in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs on Thursday afternoon, 5-3. 

The Jackrabbits (17-6) are the only remaining Moore League team in the playoffs after Millikan, Lakewood, and Wilson picked up opening-round defeats on Thursday. Poly will advance to the second round where they’ll host ML King on Tuesday at 3pm.

Thursday’s win came from opportunistic hitting at the top of the lineup as well as a solid outing from starting pitcher Nyla Springer, who pitched a complete game and allowed just four hits and three runs.

Poly got on the board first in the third inning with RBI hits from frosh standouts Kiele Ho-Ching and Emoni Lamsam, who made it 2-0. In the fifth the duo drove in another pair of runs, with Lamsam scoring on an error to make it 5-0 before the Mustangs eventually got on the board.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.