Lakewood St. Joseph High School, which went 29 innings before defeating Cerritos Gahr in the quarterfinals last week, worked overtime again Tuesday, going eight innings before beating Downey, 1-0, to advance to the Southern Section Girls' 4-A softball final.
This time, St. Joseph only went one extra inning, pushing across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning at Del Valle Park in Lakewood.
Amy Gelbach scored the winning run from second base after an errant throw to first base on a bunt by Katie Brazelton. Lisa Fernandez (18-3), who pitched 29 shutout innings to win against Gahr, pitched eight more shutout innings Tuesday.
St. Joseph's opponent in the final will be Fountain Valley, which beat Cerritos, 1-0, at Golden West College. Cathy Scanlan scored Fountain Valley's run on a throwing error in the third inning.