CCS, NCS softball playoffs: Wednesday’s surprises, trends and more


Top 3 seeds in CCS D-I bracket postponed

Fearing the incumbent weather, a trio of heavyweights in the CCS Division I bracket spent Wednesday afternoon indoors. Top-seeded Watsonville (20-4) opted to wait 24 hours to play its first-round game against No. 16 Lincoln-San Jose (14-8) until Thursday at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, No. 2 San Mateo (15-5) and No. 3 Aragon (18-6) will participate in a Friday doubleheader at College of San Mateo. The Bearcats take on No. 15 North Salinas (13-10) at 5 p.m., while the Dons take the field at 3 p.m. against No. 14 Alvarez (16-8-1). In Division II, No. 4 San Lorenzo Valley (18-5-1) postponed its matchup with No. 13 Sobrato (8-10) until Thursday at 4 p.m., while No. 8 Mills (16-5) and No. 9 Burlingame (12-9) must wait to complete their game Friday at 4 p.m. after play was suspended.

No problems for Heritage

The Patriots improved their winning streak to 15 games with an 11-1 win over Concord. Heritage (23-2), the No. 2 seed in the NCS Division I bracket, received a two-run home run from Morgan Hess and two RBIs from Tianna Bell against 15th seed Concord (12-12). The Patriots will face No. 7 Carondelet (14-9-1) in the quarterfinals. The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the third inning against No. 10 Vintage on their way to a 5-2 victory.

Granada rallies to upset College Park

The 11th-seeded Matadors produced three runs in the top of the fifth inning, the last inning of the game, to break a 3-3 tie against No. 6 College Park (15-6) in the NCS Division I bracket. Then the Matadors held off a two-run change in the bottom of the frame by the Falcons to win 6-5. Marissa Herrera, a freshman, was 3 for 3 and drove in five runs for Granada (15-9). Tatum Hayes added two hits and two runs scored. The Matadors will face a league rival in the quarterfinals, No. 3 California (19-6), which knocked off No. 14 American 7-2 in the first round.

For more Bay Area high school sports coverage follow Bay Area Preps on Flipboard.Painter strokes a masterpiece for Antioch

Haley Painter, a sophomore, was the hitting star for the Panthers in a 10-inning, 4-3 victory over American Canyon in the NCS Division II opening round. Painter had a home run and a double for Antioch, scoring two runs and driving in two runs. Jazmine Alanis was also 3 for 5 with an RBI for Antioch (17-8), the No. 7 seed.

CCS D-II favorites make a statement

Top-seeded Valley Christian (16-10), which was left out of the cutthroat Open Division, is the team to beat in the Division II. Need proof? How about an 18-0 rout of No. 16 Pacific Bay Christian that included a 14-run rally in the bottom of the second? Things are bound to get tougher, but it might have to wait until after No. 2 Carmel (15-3) and No. 3 Hillsdale (15-7) meet in the other side of the bracket. Carmel recorded a 5-0 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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