The king of the NCS classes _ 3-A East Bay baseball. The 16-team field will be selected on Sunday (the seeding meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be blogged live right here at Prep Corner). But before we get to Sunday, I thought I would give everyone a little insight on what the brackets may look like. So, let’s get started.
In order to qualify for the playoffs you must meet one of the following: have over a .500 record in league or over a .500 record overall or over a .500 record against 3-A opponents.
Records are as of Sunday, May 11
Lock ‘Em: Livermore (20-2), Foothill (18-4-1), Newark Memorial (21-3), Monte Vista (17-5), De La Salle (14-8), Arroyo (18-4), Alameda (16-6), Freedom (16-6), Clayton Valley (15-7), Berkeley (15-7), Bishop O’Dowd (17-5), Pinole Valley (15-6-1), Irvington (15-9).
Update: San Ramon Valley beat Monte Vista on Friday to qualify for the playoffs. That probably ends any of the drama for the final spot in the playoffs. Castro Valley, Washington and James Logan are probably done.
Bubble: James Logan (10-13-1), Liberty (13-9), College Park (14-8), Washington (8-13), Castro Valley (10-12), San Ramon Valley
Updated: With San Ramon Valley qualifying with a win over Monte Vista, that pretty much cinches up the 16-team field in my eyes. I see 13 teams as a lock and out of the bubble teams I have listed I strongly think it will be Liberty, College Park and San Ramon Valley.
Note: Amador Valley did qualify for the playoffs but will not apply for an at-large berth. Thanks to Kyle Bonagura for that information.
My Final Field: Livermore, Foothill, Newark Memorial, Monte Vista, De La Salle, Arroyo, Alameda, Freedom, Clayton Valley, Berkeley, Bishop O’Dowd, Pinole Valley, Irvington, College Park, San Ramon Valley, Liberty.
Seeds Updated: 1. Livermore; 2. Foothill; 3. Newark Memorial; 4. Bishop O’Dowd; 5. Clayton Valley; 6. Monte Vista; 7. Alameda; 8. Arroyo; 9. Freedom; 10. De La Salle; 11. Berkeley; 12. Irvington; 13. Pinole Valley; 14. San Ramon Valley; 15. College Park; 16. Liberty.
There is my stab at it. Beside the No. 1 and No. 2 spots this field is tough to seed. I wouldn’t be surprised to be way off, but I don’t think the seeds are going to matter much this season. Everyone can beat everyone in this tournament. There isn’t one team that is just way better than the others. I expect a very entertaining tournament. I moved O’Dowd up because its losses against Cal, Granada and Liberty aren’t looking too bad since the Dragons finished strong. Teams like Monte Vista and Newark Memorial are heading into the playoffs on a bit of a stumble. De La Salle could be higher than the 10 seed, but I am not sold that they deserve it. We will see what happens.
Make sure to come back to Prep Corner for a live blog from the seeding meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday.