Well, we’ve made it to Friday which means there are only four games on the schedule today. The best of the best make it to this point so if you’re a softball fan at all, get out and see some games over the next two days. Let’s get into the games.
NCS 2A Tournament
No. 5 Heritage at No. 1 Albany: The host Cougars can’t be too thrilled to see such a red-hot Heritage team coming to town today. In their first two playoff games, the Patriots have outscored their opposition 29-5. I don’t think the score will be that lopsided today but I think anyone who counts Heritage out is just plain wrong. This will be the toughest game Albany has played all year. Prediction: Albany (by the smallest of margins)
No. 3 Concord vs. No. 2 Bishop O’Dowd at Standley Field: The outcome of this game depends on which Concord team shows up. If the one that played error-free ball for five innings against College Park shows up, the Minutemen could land in the title game. If it’s the team that came out for the sixth inning against CP, then Bishop O’Dowd could cruise to the title game. One of my favorite players to watch, Concord’s Lea Cavestany, could have a big impact on today’s game but I just don’t know if it’ll be enough. Prediction: Bishop O’Dowd
NCS 3A Tournament
No. 5 James Logan at No. 1 Freedom: Nothing lucky about the Colts’ win over Deer Valley on Wednesday. From all accounts that was a gritty win and one that has Logan thinking upset today. From everything I’ve seen though, Freedom is hitting its stride right now and that’s a scary proposition considering how good the Falcons have been all year. Kortnee Wiley and Kim Westlund might be the best 1-2 punch in the East Bay at the top of the lineup. Prediction: Freedom
No. 7 California at No. 3 Foothill: Nobody needs to tell California how good the Foothill offense is but, in case you forgot, the Falcons went out and hung 17 runs on Clayton Valley on Wednesday. What a coaching job this year by Foothill’s Matt Sweeney. You lose the Ariotos, Gandys and Crawfords of the world and you still make it back to the semis? The first game I covered this season was Foothill vs. Freedom. Might it be the last? Prediction: Foothill.
So, there you have it. I’m headed to Albany today for what should be an awesome 2A contest. See you then.