PLAYOFFS: Local prep baseball, softball teams begin postseason push this week

PREP ROUNDUP: CHS volleyball upends GHS

CHS softball makes postseason debut; GHS baseball, softball
return to familiar territory
The anticipation leading up to the high school version of “Selection Sunday” transitioned into postseason berths for three local teams.

In this case, it happened to be “Seeding Saturday” as the Central Coast Section baseball and softball playoff brackets were finalized and released.

Perhaps no manager proved more pleased than Christopher High softball’s head man Larry Nabzeska, whose Cougars will make their postseason debut.

“I’m really excited,” Nabzeska said. “Not only are we in, but I think we have a chance to win the first game.”

The Cougars (16-10) were awarded the No. 7-seed in Division III and will square off with No. 10 Pacific Grove (15-13) at home Wednesday.

“We got a good draw and a home game. You can’t ask for much more than that,” Nabzeska added. “We’ve been given this opportunity and it’s in our hands. It’s going to be a great thing for us.”

The winner Wednesday will face No. 2 Capuchino (20-6) on Saturday. Site and time are still to be determined.

A potential finals rematch with San Benito is once again in the cards for the Gilroy High softball team, which pulled the No. 3-seed in the Division I bracket.

“Two and three (seeds) are basically the same, so I’m fine with that,” GHS manager Julie Berggren said. “As long as we are on the opposite side as Hollister so that we can face them later, it’s a good spot to be.”

The Balers, winner’s of five straight CCS titles, are in fact, slotted at No. 1 on the opposite side of the bracket. Two wins for each team and the grudge match is on.

The Balers beat GHS in 2008 and 2009 and have won 15 straight encounters.

First thing is first, however, the Mustangs will await their first opponent, which will come out of the winner of No. 11 Saint Francis and No. 6 Monta Vista contest on Wednesday. The site and time of Saturday’s quarterfinals is yet to be determined.

The Mustangs (23-4) were the No. 3 last season, falling one game shy of the championship bout after a 2-1 loss to Fremont. Berggren outlined a couple antidotes for an early exit, emphasizing defense.

“We’ve been playing really solid defense the last couple of weeks,” she said. “We need to keep doing that. Getting the timely hits will be needed, too.”

Enrollment numbers dropped GHS baseball (15-12) into Division II, where it garnered the No. 8-seed and a home game against No. 9 Westmont on Thursday at 4 p.m.

“I was kind of relieved. I mean, you know you’re in, but you don’t really know where you’ll end up,” GHS manager Johnny Ramirez said.

Westmont finished fourth in the Mount Hamilton Division of the Blossom Valley Athletic League, posting a 14-13 overall record.

“It’s going to be a good matchup,” Ramirez said. “I’ve heard they are fundamentally sound and their pitchers throw strikes. But you get in the playoffs and you never know what you’re going to get.”

Thursday’s winner goes on to face either No. 1 Pioneer and No. 16 Overfelt.

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