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College of San Mateo is the only community college team in California to reach the state softball tournament in each of the past five seasons.

After missing out on a the regular-season Coast Conference North championship for the first time since 2011, the College of San Mateo softball team settled the score with conference champion Foothill, claiming a 4-1 win over the Hawks.

The race to the top of the J.C. softball standings in the Coast North featured a tug-of-war between College of San Mateo, Foothill College and Ohlone College.

In her first start since Feb. 24, College of San Mateo sophomore right-hander Morgan Jones retired all 15 batters she faced in Saturday’s 9-0 mercy-rule softball win over Yuba College to record a perfect game in the first game of a doubleheader.

The College of San Mateo softball team didn’t enjoy most of its day at the plate in Wednesday’s Coast Conference North opener against Ohlone College at Bulldogs Stadium. But the Lady Bulldogs finished with a flourish to claim a 2-1 win at Bulldog Stadium.

Harlee Donovan — who slugged 37 career homers through two years at CSM and earned 2016 California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association Northern California Player of the Year honors — is transferring to Southern Oregon University to play at the up-and-coming NAIA program in Ashland, Oregon.

The CSM Softball team led by two runs going into the seventh inning of Saturday’s semifinal matchup against Sacramento City College. After two harmless outs to start the inning, Sac City rallied for an improbable comeback.

With a 6-4 win over Sierra College Sunday at Bulldog Stadium, the CSM Softball team capped a sweep through the Super Regional playoffs to punch its ticket back to the state tourney for the fourth consecutive year.

The Lady Bulldogs’ starting-pitching tandem of Samantha Dean and Morgan Jones closed out the regular season with back-to-back gems to help CSM (11-1 in Coast Conference, 36-3 overall) head into the playoffs with the best overall record in the state at 36-3.

Half Moon Bay High grad Harlee Donovan hit three home runs including a grand slam to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to 13-0, 9-0 victories against College of the Sequoia on Thursday. Donovan, a sophomore catcher, now has a state-leading 15 home runs for the season and 35 home runs in two years.