The College Park High school softball team is forcing everyone to take notice.
While most local softball fans were watching and talking about the Livermore Stampede, the Falcons were taking care of business at the Standley Cup in Hayward. They crushed their first three opponents, Mission San Jose, George Washington and Irvington, by a combined score of 36-1 to advance to the semifinals, which had to be postponed to Monday due to Saturday’s rain.
It just seemed to delay the inevitable. College Park beat Montgomery-Santa Rosa, which upset San Ramon Valley in pool play, 4-0 to advance to the finals. There, the Falcons rolled over Pinole Valley 3-0 to take the championship.
Including Tuesday’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Acalanes, College Park has won 14 straight games for this first time in five years. In 2002, the Falcons reeled off 17 straight before losing in the NCS 3A semifinals.
College Park has power and some speed in its lineup. Mostly though, they have an excellent pitcher in Stephani Fairclough (she asked to drop the E in her first name). She struggled with her control a little in the game against Acalanes with seven walks, but she made up for it with 11 k’s.
The DFAL season is only half over, but barring a total collapse, College Park will win the league and earn the automatic berth to the NCS playoffs. I’m guessing they’ll be seeded fourth or fifth if they go 17-1 or 18-0, with the EBAL champion and runner-up and the BVAL champ (if it’s not Heritage) taking the top three spots. The wins over Montgomery and Pinole Valley were big for College Park’s seeding.