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NCS Softball Brackets

By Ben Enos
Sunday, May 17th, 2009 at 12:40 pm in Softball.

I gotta hand it to NCS, they’re really on top of things today. This may be the earliest they’ve ever gotten brackets up. All brackets are now up.

DIVISION I

Wed., May 20
No. 9 Liberty (15-9) at No. 8 Castro Valley (18-6), 5 p.m.
No. 12 College Park (14-8) at No. 5 James Logan (22-3-1), 6 p.m.
No. 7 Deer Valley (13-10) at No. 10 Newark Memorial (16-9), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Berkeley (16-8) at No. 6 San Ramon Valley (15-9), 5 p.m.
Sat., May 23
Castro Valley/Liberty winner at No. 1 Freedom (21-3), 5 p.m.
James Logan/College Park winner at No. 4 Antioch (18-6), 5 p.m.
Deer Valley/Newark Memorial winner at No. 2 Livermore (22-2), 5 p.m.
Berkeley/San Ramon Valley winner at No. 3 Foothill (17-7), 5 p.m.

DIVISION II
Wed., May 20
No. 9 Arroyo (17-6) at No. 8 Redwood-Larkspur (22-4), 5 p.m.
No. 12 Casa Grande-Petaluma (13-7) at No. 5 Clayton Valley (15-9), 5 p.m.
No. 7 Concord (18-5) at No. 10 Heritage (8-16), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Alameda (14-9) at No. 6 Ukiah (18-7), 5 p.m.
Sat., May 23
Redwood/Arroyo winner at No. 1 Montgomery-Santa Rosa (24-1), 5 p.m.
Clayton Valley/Casa Grande winner at No. 4 Las Lomas (19-4), 5 p.m.
Concord/Heritage winner at No. 2 Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park (22-2-1), 5 p.m.
Alameda/Ukiah winner vs. No. 3 Pinole Valley (21-3), site/time TBA

DIVISION III

Wed., May 20
No. 9 Ursuline-Santa Rosa (12-9-1) vs. No. 8 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (17-9) at Albert Field, 5 p.m.
No. 10 Campolindo (10-12) at No. 7 Tamalpais (13-12-1), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Kennedy-Richmond (16-8) at No. 6 San Marin-Novato (16-4), 7 p.m.
Sat., May 23
Drake/Ursuline winner vs. No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd (21-3) at Larry Standley Field, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Alhambra (14-9-1) at No. 4 Del Norte-Crescent City (20-4), 5 p.m.
Campolindo/Tamalpais winner at No. 2 Albany (20-3), 5 p.m.
Kennedy/San Marin winner at No. 3 Acalanes (14-5), 5 p.m.

DIVISION IV

Wed., May 20
No. 9 St. Mary’s (12-9) at No. 8 Salesian (15-8), 5 p.m.
No. 7 Cloverdale (15-8) at No. 10 Middletown (12-9), 5 p.m.
Sat., May 23
St. Mary’s/Salesian winner at No. 1 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (22-2), 5 p .m.
No. 5 Justin-Siena-Napa (14-9) at No. 4 Healdsburg (18-6), 5 p.m.
Cloverdale/Middletown winner vs. No. 2 Moreau Catholic (14-5) at Larry Standley Field, 5 p.m.
No. 3 Berean Christian (16-6) at No. 6 Clear Lake (18-4), 5 p.m.

DIVISION V

Sat., May 23
No. 8 Bay School-San Francisco vs. No. 1 Branson-Ross at College of Marin, 5 p.m.
No. 4 College Prep vs. No. 5 Hoopa Valley at Grove St. Park, 5 p.m.
No. 2 St. Vincent-Petaluma at No. 7 Head-Royce, 5 p.m.
No. 6 Marin Academy vs. No. 3 Redwood Christian at Castro Valley Community Center, 5 p.m.

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  • Fastpitch fan

    Any word on why the brackets were not filled (10 teams in D-IV and 11 teams in D-III)?

  • Softball fan

    I would assume that not enough teams met the qualifications.

    I’m a little surprised that Acalanes got a 3 seed. Only played 19 games, no tourney games and a non league schedule that only had 3 quality teams.

  • Fastpitch fan

    BVAL #1, #4, #7 and #9, EBAL #2, #3 and #6. Besides the order from #6 to #11, the only controversy is College Park #12 over California: Logan is lucky because Cal ended the season on a roll. Logan and Antioch should settle the #4 v. #5 argument head-to-head next Saturday.

  • Fastpitch fan

    After further review, the ideal D-I bracket (competitive but not necessarily politically correct) would have been 1-Freedom, 2-Livermore, 3-Logan and 4-Foothill. Then Livermore would not have to beat Foothill for a 4th time this season to reach the final, Logan could host #5 Antioch in the second round, and Freedom would not get to beat up on Antioch for a 4th time if Logan is as good as their fans claim. In other words, DVAL v DVAL and EBAL v EBAL in the semis, if the bracket follows form is a MISTAKE.

  • ss396

    Newark beat Logan 3 times, so it would be tough for Logan to be seeded ahead of Newark.
    The problem is the # of quality teams in D1 in NCS. They should include the Northern teams in a 16 team bracket, instead of going up to 4 deep in some of the leagues to fill the field.

  • Statler & Waldorf

    College Park, Newark Memorial and Berkeley over Cal. Even Amador is better then any one of those 3. On top of that…to put all the EBAL teams in the same side of the bracket….ridiculous. I guess by doing both…one can insure that EBAL domination can’t be put on display.

  • Softball fan

    In my opinion, two teams got screwed.

    Concord a 7 seed? Please. No way Pinole and Las Lomas should be higher than them. I know CV beat Concord twice so I think the panel didn’t want to seed Concord higher than CV.

    The other one is Alhambra. Since there isn’t a 12 seed, the get a bye as a 5 seed instead of getting a game under their belt. Next, they get a 7 hour each way trip to Del Norte. Acalanes should not be ahead of them or many other teams for that matter. I know they finished second in league and split against Alhambra but scheduling Mt. Diablo and Dougherty Valley among others is terrible. Plus, they didn’t even play a full season.

    That being said, hopefully Concord and Alhambra will make a run!

    Good luck to all teams and yes that includes Acalanes!

  • Fastpitch

    Can someone explain why Concord, being a higher seed, has to travel to Heritage who was a lower seed with a losing record?

  • High School Sports Junkie

    League champions get home games over ar-large teams just like #10Newark playing at home against a #7DV..also the site needs to be approved for NCS play

  • High School Sports Junkie

    oops at-large

  • watching 40+ softball games

    I’ll put my chips on a sleeper, Berkeley. They are a very good team that plays low scoring games. My daughter plays with Antioch. Though antioch beat them 7-2, they are defensively sound and are well coached.

  • Dfal_Sb

    Sball Fan – Concord’s seeding surprised me too but, if you look at the brackets & the teams, forget the seeding # – it might be a blessing. Top half of div II looks to be a tougher for road, 5 of 6 teams were automatic bids (won their league). Concord avoids running into Clayton Valley during any of the prelim rounds too.

    The bigger surprise was Heritage getting a 10 seed with that record, Windsor & Petaluma (if they qualified) were the teams that seemed to miss out. . .good for the East Bay, too bad Heritage faces Concord right off. Wouldn’t surprise me if East Bay teams get to the final in div II, but still don’t really know how good Montgomery & Rancho Cotate really are. Would like to see a LL vs Concord pairing.

    Div I team selection looks good. . .outside of the obvious EBAL & BVAL teams, DFAL & DVAL got a lot of teams into NCS playoffs.

  • mckbooth

    D1 looks like it’s Freedom and Livermore with the sleeper being San Ramon
    D2 Arroyo and Heritage in the final
    D3 Bishop Odow’d and Acalanes in the final
    D4 StVincent StPatrick and Moreau/Berene christian toss up Moreau slightly ahead.

    I thought that would get some chatter:)

  • Fastpitch fan

    I prefer not to repeat myself regarding D-I but: “After further review, the ideal D-I bracket (competitive but not necessarily politically correct) would have been 1-Freedom, 2-Livermore, 3-Logan and 4-Foothill. Then Livermore would not have to beat Foothill for a 4th time this season to reach the final, Logan could host #5 Antioch in the second round, and Freedom would not get to beat up on Antioch for a 4th time if Logan is as good as their fans claim. In other words, DVAL v DVAL and EBAL v EBAL in the semis, if the bracket follows form is a MISTAKE.”

  • Fastpitch fan

    Or said another way, the mystery committee does not understand the science of “bracketology.” And oh-by-the-way, for conspiracy theorists, the NCS HQ’d in San Ramon DID ignore the best potential D-I upset team in the NCS, Cal High. Last time I checked, this squad took Freedom to the brink in the 2008 championship and returned many of their starters…DOH!!!

    Perhaps the mystery selection committee should be required to pass the CHS. Talk about transparency…we all see right through the politics. TRUE.

  • Fastpitch fan

    [CORRECTION: CHSPE] Or said another way, the mystery committee does not understand the science of “bracketology.” And oh-by-the-way, for conspiracy theorists, the NCS HQ’d in San Ramon DID ignore the best potential D-I upset team in the NCS, Cal High. Last time I checked, this squad took Freedom to the brink in the 2008 championship and returned many of their starters…DOH!!!

    Perhaps the mystery selection committee should be required to pass the CHSPE. Talk about transparency…we all see right through the politics. TRUE.

  • D-boy

    Im pullin hard for Deer Valley to beat #10 Newark Memorial by a large margin

  • Softball fan

    40+,

    Berkeley will be lucky if they win one game.

    Mckbooth,

    A few gutsy picks!

    Mine (I know nothing of the teams from Marin and beyond.)

    D1 Freedom and Livermore
    D2 Concord and Clayton
    D3 O’Dowd and Albany. Of all the know teams I think Alhambra is secons to O’Dowd. If they get by Del Norte (know nothing about them) and that horrific drive, they could give O’Dowd a fight.
    D4 Moreau and St. Pats

  • Prep Fan

    “Acalanes should not be ahead of them or many other teams for that matter. I know they finished second in league and split against Alhambra but scheduling Mt. Diablo and Dougherty Valley among others is terrible.”

    Dougherty Valley is in the DFAL, so Acalanes had no choice but to schedule them. I can’t speak for how MD got on their schedule though.

  • Softball fan

    No, Acalanes played Dougherty Valley 3 times. One of those games was a non league game.

  • DIII

    Any word on the locations for the Championship games?

  • Ben Enos

    DIII, you read my mind. That’ll be one of the things I look into when I get to the office today. As of last week they had narrowed it to a couple sites but had yet to finalize any. I’ll post something when I find out.

  • Dfal_Sb

    DIII. . .agree with the top 5 teams just not the seeding. Does anyone really know how good Del Norte is?

    Time to forget the records & analyze the teams. Acalanes has a very good pitcher, if she’s “on” she will be tough to beat. Better pitcher than either Albany or Alhambra but Acalanes is not as strong a hitting & defensive team. In a low scoring game, they could surprise & come through. IMHO, Albany vs Alhambra/BOD winner in the final. . .good luck Alhambra. Albany got the better draw – Alhambra, much (most?) improved from 1st to 2nd half of season in div III. What happened with BOD’s loss in the last game of the season? Albany takes div III.

    Looking to see what happens in Heritage vs Concord & Redwood vs Arroyo. Those look to be very intriguing match-ups. Heritage wants to prove that competing against div I, even with a losing record, beats div II. For baseball, an argument could be made that div III is tougher than div II this year. . .but not true for softball.

    Div I. . .a DV vs Livermore pairing in round 2 would be nice. SRV will take Berkeley. Even though Freedom vs Livermore would pair the best two teams, there will be an upset & one won’t make it – hate this “one & out” format. Freedom takes div I.

  • mckbooth

    BOD had devine intervention come into play. 5 shots that role to the fence were caught by a shoe string. I don’t think that thhree of them remain in the park with a fence. That coupled with 5 infield seeing eye hits and you get a loss.

    I think coming off the Castro valley win they were a little high for that one.

    I don’t see albany making it past the first round. Del Norte won Div 4 last year, so they must be ligit.

    BOD wins it the pitching of the rest of the division can’t hold off those bats.

  • miss percepcion

    Mckbooth is a man of deep perception and vast knowledge. Del Norte wins Division 4 last year “so they must be legit”. Albany won Division 2A in 2 of the last three years and they wont be “making it past the first round.”

    In addition we are now informed that winning softball (BOD) occurs when the other team’s pitcher(s) can’t hold off your bats.

    I would suggest that Mckbooth’s brain pan is a few divine interventions light of a Calphalon starter kit.

  • miss percepcion

    Bye the way. Albany has already made it out of the first round.

  • High School Sports Junkie

    this is the same comment I made at the Baseball post”bunch of my team this and my team that going on in here, I am sure of 1 thing ya gotta win in the NCS playoffs to be champ and seeds are seeds JUST WIN BABY the best teams will make it to the final and then it is decided on the field. I am sure someone will say the umpiring is fixed for this team or that team once the games begin.. I can see it now the NCS offices are in San Ramon and the umpire must have had to drive through San Ramon to get to the game so he will make sure he gets home safe by calling the game for any team in his path home…..

  • mckbooth

    Well I guess that’s why they play the game. Let the games begin:)

  • mckbooth

    Hey Albany fan, check out the like opponants Acalanes and strength of schedule. No D1 schools, and BOD and Albany have played this game before. Same players for the most part. I know you only lost one game last year.

    I’m going to take that starter kit:)

  • Softball fan

    We should have some answers about Del Norte after Saturday. They play a good Alhambra team. We will see.

    I know one thing, O’Dowd is pulling for Alhambra. No way they want to drive 7 hours one way next Wednesday.