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NCS softball seeding

By Stephanie Hammon
Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 10:54 am in Softball.

Check below for all the NCS softball pairings. I also have some initial thoughts on the playoffs at the very bottom.

DIVISION I
Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Monte Vista (13-11) at No. 8 Castro Valley (17-7), 5 p.m.
No. 12 Berkeley (16-7) at No. 5 Heritage (13-7), 5 p.m.
No. 10 Livermore (13-10) at No. 7 California (17-6), 5 p.m.
No. 11 College Park (10-10) at No. 6 Antioch (15-5), 5 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Castro Valley/Monte Vista winner at No. 1 James Logan (21-3), TBA
Heritage/Berkeley winner at No. 4 Freedom (17-7), TBA
California/Livermore winner at No. 2 Amador Valley (19-5), TBA
Antioch/College Park winner at No. 3 Newark Memorial (21-3), TBA

DIVISION II
Wednesday’s first round games

No. 16 Washington (12-10) at No. 1 Pinole Valley (22-1) at Ellerhorst Elementary, 5 p.m.
No. 9 Casa Grande (13-7) at No. 8 Arroyo (17-5), 5 p.m.
No. 13 Clayton Valley (14-8) at No. 4 Redwood (21-5), 5 p.m.
No. 5 Carondelet (15-8) at No. 12 American (13-8), 5 p.m.
No. 15 Ukiah (14-10) at No. 2 Petaluma (17-4), 5 p.m.
No. 10 Montgomery (14-10) at No. 7 Alameda (19-5), 5 p.m.
No. 14 Windsor (13-11) at No. 3 Rancho Cotate (19-4), 5 p.m.
No. 11 Santa Rosa (15-5) at No. 6 Concord (19-4), 5 p.m.

DIVISION III
Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Sonoma Valley (12-11) vs. No. 8 Moreau Catholic (13-8) at Larry Standley Field, Hayward, 5 p.m.
No. 12 Hercules (6-9) at No. 5 San Marin (15-6), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Ursuline (8-13) vs. No. 7 Bishop O’Dowd (15-8) at Larry Standley Field, Hayward, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Campolindo (11-9-1) vs. No. 6 Terra Linda (15-9) at Albert Park, San Rafael, 5 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Moreau Catholic/Sonoma Valley winner at No. 1 Alhambra (18-6), Saturday, 2 p.m.
San Marin/Hercules winner at No. 4 Analy (18-6), Saturday, 2 p.m.
Bishop O’Dowd/Ursuline winner at No. 2 Albany (19-3-1) at Cougar Field, Albany, TBA
Terra Linda/Campolindo winner vs. No. 3 Tamalpais (16-6) at Albert Park, San Rafael, TBA

DIVISION IV
Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Fortuna (12-11) at No. 8 Cloverdale (10-7), 5 p.m.
No. 12 Willits (8-6) at No. 5 Justin-Siena (17-8), 5 p.m.
No. 10 Piedmont (14-9) vs. No. 7 Marin Catholic (13-11) at Piper Park, 5 p.m.
No. 11 Healdsburg (6-18) at No. 6 Fort Bragg (16-5), 5 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Cloverdale/Fortuna winner at No. 1 St. Patrick St. Vincent (23-2), TBA
Justin-Siena/Willits winner at No. 4 Salesian (15-4-1), TBA
Marin Catholic/Piedmont winner at No. 2 Clear Lake (19-2), TBA
Fort Bragg/Healdsburg winner at No. 3 Mckinleyville (20-2), TBA

DIVISION V
Wednesday’s first round

No. 9 Holy Names (7-12) vs. No. 8 Fremont Christian (13-12), TBA
No. 10 Hoopa Valley (3-15) vs. No. 7 College Prep (10-5) at Tom Bates Sports Complex, TBA
No. 11 South Fork (10-14) vs. No. 6 Redwood Christian (13-10) at Castro Valley Community Center, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Fremont Christian/Holy Names winner at No. 1 Valley Christian (12-4), TBA
No. 5 Marin Academy (11-5) at No. 4 Calistoga (17-3), Saturday, 2 p.m.
College Prep/Hoopa Valley winner at No. 2 St. Vincent (12-7), TBA
Redwood Christian/South Fork winner at No. 3 S.F. University (17-3), TBA

DIVISION VI
Saturday’s semifinals

No. 4 Laytonville (12-6) at No. 1 St. Bernard Catholic (21-2) at Washington Field, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Rincon Valley Christian (10-5) at No. 2 Ferndale (14-5), 5 p.m.
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Ben Enos and I will be working on baseball and softball playoff previews for Tuesday’s paper, but I figured I’d check in with some quick thoughts on the softball seeding. Ben will likely chime in later tonight or tomorrow to give some thoughts on the baseball side of things.

Division I: No surprise that James Logan, the defending champion, is the No. 1 seed. But as we learned last year when the Colts came in with the No. 7 seed, then earned a walk-off win over Freedom in the championship game to earn the title, anything can happen. Any of the top six or seven seeds are capable of making a run to the final. I’m not a big fan of league rematches in the early rounds (Cal and Livermore will face off, and the winner will see Amador in the quarterfinals), but I don’t really see how the seeding committee could have done things differently while still being fair.

Division II: Seeing defending champion Concord get the No. 6 seed was very surprising at first before I remembered the Minutemen have a 10-7 loss to No. 5 Carondelet and didn’t see many other Division II playoff teams over the season for head-to-head comparison. They way I see it, Concord is a very, very dangerous No. 6 seed having recently defeated the top seeds in D3 (Alhambra) and D4 (St. Patrick-St. Vincent). They also barely lost to the top-seeded D1 team (Logan). Pinole Valley was very deserving of the No. 1 seed after going 22-1 in the regular season. I don’t know much about the Redwood Empire teams, but I wouldn’t be opposed at all to seeing the Spartans and Minutemen square off for the title. That would be a fun championship game.

Division III: Alhambra didn’t get much competition in winning the DFAL title, but did play a very strong nonleague schedule so I think the Bulldogs will be ready to make a playoff run. I’ll pick them to make the championship game. The other side of the bracket is up for grabs.

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  • FanMom

    Any truth to the rumor that the Albany High coach, Stefanie Vasarhely quit after the St.Pat’s game?

  • Oh boy

    Yeah she couldn’t put up with the parents anymore. Can’t say I blame her.

  • softballlvr

    Oh boy you obviously have no clue on the history of Albany and it’s rude father daughter act. Their reputation is known all over the bayarea!! No surprise on this one! The league and the players are better off without them.

  • CougarDad

    Hmmm… I’m the dad of one of the Albany girls and all of this is news to me.

    BTW, even if a #2 seed is a bit high for us, I’m just glad to be on the opposite side of the bracket from Alhambra and Analy (the North Bay doesn’t get enough love from the NCS, IMHO.

    And I don’t follow DI, but they could only dig up 12 teams?

  • NGDB

    NCS D1 is down to 21 member schools. The last time D1 was at or near this level, the pool for D1 was only 12 teams – 2008. I believe three, or four schools dropped out of D1 status beginning this season.

    Having 16 of 21 schools in the playoffs would be like an NHL playoff format – who would want that – Go Sharks??

  • CougarMom

    The Albany players have requested that all discussion/communication/speculation regarding their coaches stop until the season is over. They (and their coaches) are aware of these (and other) posts, and it is distracting for the team. They are striving to stay positive, and end the season as the NCS Div. III champions.

    Thanks!

  • sanford

    eastbay d2 got screwed.

  • Softball fan

    Best of luck to you Albany but there is not much of a chance for Albany this year.

  • Softball fan

    Here is my stab at the D1-D3

    D1

    How do you pick a champ? I could see any of the top 8 seeds winning it. I guess I will take Amador.

    D2

    Pinole is the clear favorite. I think Concord is seeded too low. I know Clet beat them but Concord should be seeded higher.

    D3

    Alhambra deserves the 1 seed but didn’t get any breaks having to play Moreau Catholic in a 1 vs 8 game. MC should be seeded higher. As it is with D1, I like the top 8 seeds with the exception of Albany. I am not trying to pick on them, just didn’t see a quality schedule from them. Tough to go against Alhambra because I do think they are the best team in D3 but I am going to take Tamalpais.

  • Macho Man

    Sanford oooohhh yeah! What happened in that room for the eastbay D2? Concord 19-4 LC, Alameda 19-5, Arroyo LC and Clayton Valley got hammered! I am sure Northbay teams are good by looking at the overall records but not so great vs east bay teams, Petaluma (1-2 vs eastbay), Rancho(2-2 vs eastbay) and Redwood(0-1 vs eastbay).

    But thats why playoffs are great. You get to settle it on the field like #3 seed Pinole(Behind Rancho and Monty) did in 2009 and #3 seed Concord(Behind Rancho and Monty) did last year. I think there will be suprises again.

    Macho Madness

  • Just Sayin’

    I second that Macho.

  • Ken B

    Concord-underrated…Alhambra-way overrated…Albany coach-class act & will be missed

  • Triton8

    Not sure of the situation…but if it resembles most of youth sports….the kids probably have no issues with things….its the parents that are stressing the situation…..just sayin?

  • Softball fan

    Concord stuck it to them but Alhambra is a very good team. They beat Heritage, played Castro Valley tight and took Pinole to 11 innings.

    I agree that Concord is under rated and should have been a lot higher seed but Alhambra has a good young team.

  • mckbooth

    Sorry to hear that things are not going well for the Albany coach. They have been a formidable opponent for the last 4 to 5 years. They seem to be on a collision course with their nemesis Bishop Odow’d, which has beat them 4 years in a row. There’s always spit and vinegar in that one. A rematch of 2009 D3 title match. The winner could be the champion again.

  • Groundskeeper

    Ladies, Congratulations on a great year Arroyo! Excellent job Coaches. It was fun.

  • sanford

    Macho

    Here’s the thing Concord has never faced Rancho in recent years as the favorite, and more importantly Concord has never lost in recent memory. I am sick of having to drive all the way to the north bay for all of the play-offs, to beat them. NCS SEED CORRECTLY hosting is a big deal.

  • AlbFan

    GOOOOO Cougars!!!!!! I guess the coaches will have to tough it out through another game. Take it all Albany! You deserve it!!!

  • EastBayFan

    MckBooth We finally caught up with O’Dowd. Tense and exciting game with them last night.

    Softball Fan The odds just got a little better for Albany.

  • Softball fan

    Although BOD isn’t the same as the last few years, I thought they would beat Albany. So good job Albany. Love it when high school athletes go out there and get it done.

    Don’t know much about Terra Linda but i assume it will be a close game with Albany.

    Alhambra and San Marin should be a good game as well.

  • Div 3 fan

    Was at the Alhambra – Moreau game and wanted to give props to Shelby Long, the Moreau pitcher and #3 hitter. She almost managed to singlehandedly beat the #1 seed. A leadoff walk in the 7th inning was her only mistake.

  • Softball fan

    I was at the Alhambra/Moreau game as well. Very impressed with Long in the circle. She pitched an excellent game and made a couple very athletic plays. Those leadoff walks always seem to hurt. Also, I thought the elements bothered her in the last inning.

    I thought Alhambra’s second pitcher was very good as well. I have seen Alhambra 3 times this year and that is the first time I have seen her pitch.

  • Softball fan

    I will take my stab at the semis in D1-D3

    D1

    Logan over Heritage
    Amador over Newark

    D2

    Pinole over Carondelet
    Rancho over Petaluma

    D3

    Alhambra over San Marin
    Albany over Terra Linda

  • Softball fan

    Congrats to Amador Valley and Alhambra!

  • Oh boy

    I saw the amador valley-logan match up last night and it was great! Both teams were solid and the only rallies were off rare errors. Amador was just able to take advantage of their opportunities.

    AV’s left fielder nailed a logan runner at the plate with a precision throw and AV’s #24 had an inside the park homer with a clutch hit as logan’s outfield was playing shallow. That girl is faaaaast!