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Softball recap

By contracostatimesprepsportsstaff
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 at 10:40 am in Softball.

Well, you probably opened the paper today and saw that I was in Martinez for softball edition of the backyard brawl between College Park and Alhambra. It wasn’t the cleanest game ever but I will say that it was a very fun game to watch. You have to love the frenetic pace of Alhambra coach Dave Carter’s offense. Those girls are bunting, stealing and doing everything they can to score runs. It’s just fun to watch. On the flip side, College Park is oh-so-steady. Olivia Kennealy might be one of the best hitters I’ve seen all year. In the two CP games I’ve seen I think she has six or seven hits.

That game aside, what the heck is going on the EBAL?

I can’t say I expected Granada to beat Foothill yesterday. The Falcons are really playing well right now and Granada pitcher Kendall Beerman can’t be at full strength as she’s taken two line drives off her body in two weeks. In my mind, Foothill is the team to beat right now.

And what is going on in Danville? San Ramon Valley came up with another huge win yesterday, beating California 3-1. Kristen Scott is coming up big for San Ramon in the circle and holding Cal to just one run is not an easy task.

Thursday should be a fun one for everyone into prep softball. I’ll be in Oakley where Freedom and Deer Valley will lock horns for the first time in league play. Remember, Freedom beat DV at the Livermore Stampede. In the DFAL, College Park faces Concord in a huge game for both teams. And, in the EBAL, Livermore plays California in what could amount to a must-win for the Grizzlies if they want to stay within striking distance of the league title.

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  • ss396

    There is a lot of balance in the EBAL this year. There are no easy games. The ultimate EBAL Champion could have 3 losses.

  • Ben Enos

    I think that’s a fair assessment. Every game is a challenging one and I think that’s unique to the EBAL this year. No other league can say that.

  • dave

    What’s going on with that Las Lomas squad? They seem to be holding their own with the big dogs this year.

  • Ben Enos

    You know, Las Lomas is an interesting team. Talent-wise, they stack up fairly well against any team in the DFAL. I think its a confidence thing with them. I saw them in a loss to Concord and if they had cashed in a few rallies, it would have been a different game. I wouldn’t even call Lomas a spoiler because I think the Knights have the talent to compete with the league’s top teams.