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Livermore Stampede Preview

By contracostatimesprepsportsstaff
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 at 9:58 am in Softball.

On Thursday, the Livermore Stampede kicks off in Livermore at Ernie Rodrigues Field at Robertson Park. I’ve talked a ton of local coaches in the last few days and they all seem to say the same thing: we’ll learn a lot about our team this weekend. I agree with most of them but for some, we know a good deal already.

To me, this will be a chance for the best teams in the area to prove themselves against some of the best teams in the state. Sheldon-Sacramento has spent much of the year ranked No. 3 in the country by various publications and even after a 1-0 loss to a team from Florida, the general consensus is Sheldon is still the team to beat at this year’s Stampede.

Another big time team coming to town is Notre Dame-Belmont and it should have some serious motivation after losing an extra inning game against Foothill last week.  The Falcons will be in the house as well and they’re always dangerous.

The big thing I’ll be looking for this week is how the top teams like Freedom and Granada stack up in such a big-time tournament. Both of those teams, College Park, Deer Valley, Castro Valley and Foothill have a clear goal: survive pool play. If they make it to Saturday’s semifinals, anything is possible.

Also, look for a spoiler to emerge. Could it be Livermore? Maybe Piedmont? We’ll find out. Anyway, get out to Livermore on Thursday for some softball. I’ll be there to take in a few games. Also, keep your eye out for the Geeks this week as we’ll preview the tournament.

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  • ss396

    The Sheldon-Notre Dame-Deer Valley-Monte Vista pool is a nightmare.
    Mitty vs. Sheldon in the final?

  • Ben Enos

    I’ve had a couple coaches tell me it’s a shame that Sheldon and Notre Dame can’t meet in the final. We’ll see who makes it but I’m going to be interested to see if a local team can crack the title game. Could be a tough road for some of these teams.

  • ss396

    Ben – Can you update the scores for today when you get to the tournament?
    So far…
    Notre Dame def. Deer Valley, 3-0;
    Foothill def. Castro Valley, 1-0;
    Archbishop Mitty def. Granada, 6-0;
    Livermore vs. Alameda ? (lots of hitting on that field);
    Castro Valley vs. Analy (5-0 CV ahead late in game)

  • http://eteamz.com/lhssoftball08 stampede scorekeep

    Here
    Notre Dame def. Deer Valley, 3-0;
    Foothill def. Castro Valley, 1-0;
    Archbishop Mitty def. Granada, 6-0;
    Livermore def Alameda 7-3
    Castro Valley def Analy 5-0

    Deer valley def Monte vista 3-0
    Clayton Valley def Alameda 6-1
    Granada def College Park 2-1
    Clayton Valley def Piedmont 7-2
    College Park def Heritage 1-0
    Freedom def Analy 2-0
    Sheldon def Monte Vista 4-0

    Those are the latest..