Baseball and Softball Set for CCS
By: John Reid Daily News Staff Writer
Posted May 15
Palo Alto (25-6) drew the No. 1 seed in the Central Coast Section Div. I baseball playoffs, the pairings announced Saturday. The defending Div. I champion Vikings host No. 16 Evergreen Valley-San Jose (11-14) in a first-round game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Saint Francis-Mountain View (24-4-1) is seeded second in Div. I, the Lancers entertaining No. 15 Carlmont-Belmont (14-11) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The game is a rematch of last year’s first-round contest won by the Scots, who stunned the No. 1 seed Lancers 4-3 as a No. 16 seed.
Also in Div. I, No. 10 Serra-San Mateo (18-12) visits No. 7 Wilcox-Santa Clara (21-11), while No. 11 Menlo-Atherton (19-8) travels to San Jose to play No. 6 Mitty (16-12). Both games are Wednesday at 4 p.m. No. 14 Sequoia-Redwood City (16-8-1) takes the trek to Hollister to play No. 3 San Benito (21-6) in a Div. I contest Wednesday at 5 p.m.
No. 4 Los Altos (21-8) hosts No. 13 Leigh-San Jose in a CCS Div. II game Thursday at 4 p.m. No. 10 Gunn-Palo Alto (19-8) is at No. 7 Pioneer-San Jose (14-10), while No. 16 Woodside (16-11) visits top seed Willow Glen-San Jose (21-6). Both games are Thursday at 4 p.m.
Menlo School-Atherton (19-7), the No. 2 seed in Div. III, hosts No. 15 Thomas More-San Jose (18-4) in a first-round contest Wednesday at 4 p.m. No. 14 The King’s Academy-Sunnyvale (15-9) is at No. 3 Monte Vista Christian-Watsonville (23-4), while No. 16 Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (15-11-1) heads south to take on No. 1 seed Palma-Salinas (21-5). Both games are Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Carlmont-Belmont (22-3) is the No. 1 seed in the Central Coast Section Div. I softball playoffs. The idle Scots will face either No. 8 Santa Teresa-San Jose (14-11) or No. 9 Los Gatos (15-10) in Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Scots had the most CCS points of any team in CCS, including nationally ranked Mitty-San Jose, the No. 1 seed in Div. II.
“I knew we would be in the top three of Div. I,” said Carlmont coach Jim Liggett, seeking his eighth CCS crown. “I was pleasantly surprised when we were seeded No. 1. The team is doing fine. It’s a good group of kids.”
No. 6 Saint Francis-Mountain View (17-8) is home vs. No. 11 North Salinas (17-9) in a Div. I first-round game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. No. 12 Sequoia-Redwood City (21-5) is in a Div. I game at No. 7 Leland-San Jose (14-11) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
No. 2 Los Altos (23-4) hosts No. 13 Willow Glen-San Jose (20-7) in a Div. II first-round tilt on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In Div. III of CCS, No. 13 Castilleja-Palo Alto (18-9) travels to Salinas to meet No. 4 Notre Dame (17-10) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Woodside (20-4) failed to qualify for CCS. The Wildcats last qualified for CCS in 1999.
“We are from a C League,” Woodside coach Mike King said. “That makes it harder.”