Welcome back to a special edition of the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) prep roundup, featuring the best action from Wednesday’s CCS softball semifinals.

Open Division

No. 1 St. Francis 9, No. 4 Aragon 1

St. Francis will play Thursday afternoon for a CCS Open Division title and a perfect season after breezing by fourth-seeded Aragon in Wednesday’s semifinals.

The Lancers got the scoring started with five runs in the bottom of the first inning and mounted two more scoring rallies. Junior Jessica Oakland homered for the fifth straight game, and junior Jaz Hsiao left the yard for the third consecutive contest. Hsiao knocked in a team-high four runs, while Oakland also slapped a double and scored a team-high three runs.

The win sets up a matchup Thursday at 4 p.m. between St. Francis and second-seeded Notre Dame-Salinas, which needed extra innings to knock off No. 6 Pioneer, for the Open crown.

No. 2 Notre Dame-Salinas 7, No. 6 Pioneer 6 (9 innings)

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After upsetting the tournament’s fourth seed on Monday, No. 6 Pioneer stood toe-to-toe with second-seeded Notre Dame-Salinas for the full seven innings and then some in Wednesday’s semifinal. The Mustangs took a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, but Notre Dame rallied for two runs and the walk-off win in the bottom half. The Spirits will travel to St. Francis for the Open title game Thursday afternoon.

Seniors Mari Takeda Bajan and Samantha Rocha were back in the circle for their respective squads after complete-game performances on Monday, and each went the distance again Wednesday. Rocha struck out eight and didn’t issue a walk in nine innings of work.

Sophomores Samantha Rey (2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) and Addison Amaral (3-5, 2 RBI) and junior Victoria Rey (4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) provided the offense for the Spirits. Junior Emory Hansen and freshman Trinity Compani each doubled and combined to drive in five runs for the Mustangs, who finished their season 14-6.

Division I

No. 3 Westmont 12, No. 7 Live Oak 2 (5 innings)

Westmont scored seven in its first trip to the plate, then added four more two innings later. By the end of the fifth, the Warriors had advanced into the CCS Division I final via mercy rule.

Junior Haley Nishijima drove in five runs on a double and a pair of home runs to lead a Westmont lineup that featured eight players to collect a hit, score a run or drive one in. Senior Audrey Salvador also left the yard and doubled en route to a four-hit game, and sophomore Jacqui McLean also collected four hits, including a double.

Westmont, which improved to 19-5 and has won six straight, will face top-seeded Watsonville in the championship game after it knocked off No. 5 Los Gatos in its semifinal.

No. 1 Watsonville 9, No. 5 Los Gatos 6

No stats reported.

Division II

No. 2 San Benito 11, No. 3 Leigh 1 (5 innings)

San Benito scored eight runs in the first two innings to put Leigh in a hole it couldn’t climb out of and clinch its spot in the CCS Division II final.

“Traditionally they’re not a comeback team, so we knew we had to set the tone immediately,” coach Andrew Barragan said in an interview with school-affiliated Baler Media. “Eight runs in the first two innings, I would say we set the tone pretty good.”

The Haybalers will host No. 8 Presentation, which advanced into the championship game as the bracket’s lowest seed with a shutout win over No. 4 Santa Teresa.

No. 8 Presentation 8, No. 4 Santa Teresa 0

No stats reported.

Division III

No. 7 Woodside 6, No. 3 Stevenson 0

No. 8 Gilroy 11, No. 4 Mercy-Burlingame 0

Division IV

No. 3 North Monterey County 12, No. 7 Notre Dame-Belmont 11

No. 1 Piedmont Hills 7, No. 5 Kings City 0