As always in California high school sports, no one size fits all. The Central Coast Section section by-laws do not necessarily match with the North Coast section’s bylaws.
The same happens in baseball and softball.
Next week, the California Interscholastic Federation will hold its first Northern California regional playoffs in those games. The regionals were supposed to make their debut in 2020, but were delayed by two years due to the pandemic.
The largest sections of the Bay Area Newsgroup’s coverage area are expected to send nine baseball and nine softball teams to the Knorkels.
But they are going about the selection process quite differently.
In the CCS, which uses a competitive-equity model for its playoffs, semifinalists in Division I baseball and Open Division softball are eligible to advance according to section bylaws.
Given that the semifinal matchups are set up, we already know the four teams.
Baseball: St. Francis, Wally Christian, Palo Alto, Bellarmin.
Softball: St. Francis, Notre Dame-Salinas, Archbishop Mitty, Aragon.
The remaining places will be distributed equally among the remaining five divisions. The champions in those brackets are expected to advance.
In the NCS, which primarily separates teams by nomination, six division champions in baseball and six division champions in softball qualify.
The remaining spots will come from the top three runner-up seeds. If there is a tie, then NCS staff will use its big and seeding criteria for selection or selection.
In NCS Baseball, three No. 1 seeds have advanced to the semi-finals (Foothill in DI, Cardinal Newman in D-III and Beren Christian in DV) and another (St. Bernard in D-VI) have advanced to the final.
Two No. 2 seeds survive (Justin Siena in D-IV and Credo in D-VI).
In NCS softball, the top two seeds from Divisions I to V advance to the semi-finals. In Division VI, the No. 1 seed has already defeated the No. 2 seed Laytonville in the Point Arena final.
NorCal brackets will be announced on Sunday.
The regionals will start on May 31 and end on June 4.
Baseball: New State No. 1
St Francis, who ended a four-run deficit on Saturday with five runs in the sixth and beat Live Oak 5-4 in the first round of the CCS Division I playoffs, were rewarded for their effort.
On Monday, Cal-Hi Sports moved the Lancers to No. 1 in its latest state rankings.
St. Francis plays Bellarmine on Wednesday night in a CCS semifinal at Excite Ballpark in San Jose.
Here are the other teams in the Bang coverage area ranked among the state’s best: No. 3 Foothill, No. 6 Wally Christian, No. 9 California, No. 10 De La Salle, No. 16 Palo Alto, No. 19 Bellarmine and No. 25 Archbishop Mitty. .
More Baseball: Why Los Gatos is Traveling
For all Los Gatos supporters wondering why the Wildcats, seeded No. 1 in Division III, are playing against fourth-seeded Monterey on Wednesday at Solecito Field in Monterey:
Section Playoff is a real-time puzzle for CCS.
Before the playoffs begin, the section leaders visit potential venues and sign contracts to reserve places that meet their requirements.
For years, this meant that most teams at the southern end of the CCS had to travel to the San Jose area for playoff games.
CCS is now aiming to expand their playoffs to locations across the division.
Also, as commissioner Dave Grissom said on Monday, just because a team is seeded No. 1, doesn’t mean the team gets a chance to play closer to home.
“There are a lot of things that go into scheduling games,” Grissom said, noting all senior activities at schools across the segment. “We’ve been really conscious in our office — and it’s been a real push for me — to get our entire section involved in hosting games. San Jose isn’t the center of the universe. For me, something in our Southern Conference It’s been a real push to get the game down.
“In baseball, for example, we have this park that has been revamped and remodeled incredibly well in my opinion. It’s nice to show a little bit of the city of Monterey, which is part of our section “It’s been a real push for us. In softball, we’re going to Salinas. In water polo, we’re going to Hollister.”
Another piece of the puzzle is that the CCS tries to schedule baseball divisions on the same day to keep the playing field even for the pitching staff.
“It’s a big issue,” Grissom said.
“On Wednesday, we needed a team to go to that park, and that became Los Gatos.”
CIF NorCal Golf
It was a long day for Dougherty Valley’s Jacob Ponce and De La Salle at the CIF NorCal Regional Golf Championships at Berkeley Country Club in El Cerrito on Monday.
Ponce had four birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine and shot 7-under 65 and took first by one stroke on De La Salle’s Jaden Damdumaya and Consumnes Oak’s Zachary Mate.
De La Salle shot 3-under as a team and finished first by 16 strokes on runners-up foothills and 18 strokes on third-placed Dougherty Valley. The championship was De La Salle’s fifth since 2006.
The top three teams and the nine individuals who are not in the qualifying squad advance to the state championship on June 1 at San Gabriel Country Club.
Serra’s William Walsh, Crystal Springs Upland’s Aidan Cui and Athenian’s Austin Wang scored 3-under 69 to finish fifth. Castro Valley’s Seth Saffel and De La Salle’s Joshua Kim finished eighth at 2-under 70.
Ethan Lyon (1-under 71) of Monta Vista equalized for 10th and also qualified for the state.
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