NCS baseball playoff brackets, Division I and II

NCS Playoffs
First round
No. 9 Liberty (16-8) at No. 8 Deer Valley (16-8), 4 p.m.
No. 10 Freedom (16-8) at No. 7 Dougherty Valley (13-11), 4 p.m.
No. 11 Bishop O’Dowd at No. 6 James Logan (17-7), 7 p.m.
No. 13 Berkeley (15-10) at No. 4 Amador Valley (14-10), 4 p.m.
No. 12 San Leandro (20-6) at No. 5 Heritage (16-8), 4 p.m.
No. 14 Mission San Jose (13-11) at No. 3 California (18-6), 4 p.m.
Friday’s quarterfinals
Liberty/Deer Valley winner at No. 1 Granada (23-1), 4 p.m.
Freedom/Dougherty Valley winner at No. 2 De La Salle (17-7), 4 p.m.
First round
No. 16 Pinole Valley (15-12) at No. 1 Casa Grande (24-2), 4 p.m.
No. 8 Cardinal Newman (14-12) vs. No. 9 Alameda (17-9) at Lincoln Park, Alameda, 4 p.m.
No. 15 Montgomery (14-8-1) at No. 2 Campolindo (17-6-1), 4 p.m.
No. 10 Dublin (12-12) at No. 7 Washington (16-8), 4 p.m.
No. 14 Marin Catholic (15-10) at No. 3 Clayton Valley Charter (20-4), 4 p.m.
No. 13 Concord (15-8-1) at No. 4 Maria Carrillo (17-8), 4 p.m.
No. 12 Livermore (11-13) at No. 5 College Park (18-5-1), 4 p.m.
No. 11 Rancho Cotate (14-11) at No. 6 Newark Memorial (18-6), 4 p.m.

Curtis Pashelka

  • Prep Fan

    The EBAL claimed the top 4 seeds in D1. Granada was a no brainer as the top seed at 21-1. DLS and Cal came in at 2 & 3, as they tied for 2nd in EBAL play at 10-4. Cal had a better overall record and gave Granada their only loss, but DLS beat them twice head to head to earn the #2 seed. AV faded down the stretch to finish at 14-10, but held on for a #4 seed on the basis of their tough schedule and 2 wins over #2 DLS. Logan is the 6th seed as the MVAL champ, but losses to both Granada and DLS (1-2 vs. EBAL teams) and a weak league hurt them. #5 Heritage actually had an argument to be a #2 or #3 seed as they beat both Cal & AV and were co-champs of the BVAL, but losses to both 9-15 Foothill and 8-15 MV (2-2 vs. EBAL) and a weak overall schedule likely derailed that idea.

    Cal is the only EBAL team to make the D1 field for the 5th straight time, every year since they changed the classification from 3A. Granada makes it for the 4th straight year, while this is DLS’ 3rd straight trip. AV makes it for the first time since running the table in 2010 and Livermore made the playoffs (D2) for the first time since being the top seed in 3A in 2008. EBAL perennial playoff teams SRV, MV & Foothill didn’t make the cut this year.

    Deer Valley has been in the D1 field 5 years straight as well, whereas Heritage has made the playoffs 5 striaght years, but were D2 in 2009. BOD has been the most consistent team in D1/3A with at least 11 straight playoff appearances in the top division, and probably many more, but the NCS website only shows the field back to 2003. To make that even more impressive, they are a D3 school by enrollment, but have opted to play in the top division with the big boys every year.


  • Prep Fan

    D2 went according to plan except for a bit of a surprise in 17-8 Maria Carrillo claiming the #4 seed over 18-5-1 College Park. While both teams finished in second place in their leagues, CP had impressive wins over nationally ranked Serra and #3 20-4 CV while MC’s only big win was over the 5th seed in D1 Heritage. Both are solid teams, but MC would get to host a 2nd round meeting if both win on Wednesday. We’ll see if CP saves 9-0 DeMers for that one.

  • First and Third

    Look for DeMers to pitch the first playoff game and hope they can get by Maria Carrillo with their #2 pitcher, Baleto. College Park will be holding back DeMers to pitch against #1 Casa Grande in the third round if they each make it that far.

    D2 has 4 quality teams as the top seeds with relatively unknown Maria Carrillo looking to join the party. Also, #6 Newark is a sleeper and would be my pick over Clayton Valley if Traynor is able to pitch for the Cougars.

    Interesting to see Amador Valley as the #4 seed after losing 4 of their last 5 games. I thought Logan would get the #4/#5 seed and a potential matchup against Granada with Logan’s stud Martinez on the mound.

    Finally, with the Coliseum booked for the A’s on June 1, I hope they can host the D1,2 & 3 Championship games at St. Mary’s or Cal instead of a high school field.

  • eastbay

    I wouldn’t call the mval a weak league with three good teams in log , newark and washington. Much stronger league than say the wacc as a whole. What hurt Logan were the two losses to Kennedy as well as losing to Irvington.

  • Prep Fan

    It’s all relative. I guess I meant weak in terms of other D1 teams’ schedules. Both Newark and Washington are D2 teams, but solid teams. The EBAL faces much tougher teams day in and day out. The BVAL has 4 good D1 playoff teams in DV, Freedom, Heritage & Liberty. Putting Logan’s schedule up against that of Granada, DLS, Cal, AV & Heritage, and yes a few bad losses and one to AV, is what got them the #6 seed. Logan is still a very good team and could make some noise in these playoffs.

  • According to the league average power rating from MaxPreps power ratings (May 13), the EBAL is the 5th strongest league in the state behind the Trinity, Sunset, South Coast, and Sea View leagues (all but 1 high school in Orange County) and just ahead of the Avocado West League in north San Diego County. Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Granada were not only ranked 1 and 2 in the state, but 1 and 2 west of the Atlantic as well.
    Actually, I feel it’s very diffcult to rank or rate high school baseball teams since 90% of the game is pitching and who the pitcher is for a particular game.
    In a tough league like the EBAL or even the DFAL and DVAL, a team can’t get by without at least 2 top quality pitchers. In the tough SoCal leagues a team better have at least 3. Maybe that’s why NCS limits its teams to 24 regular season games.

  • BobSchieffer

    JL over Cal 10-3.
    Big Logan win since the Grizzlies handled Granada and were ++ in the win column. The Colts trampled Cal last fall in NCS FB semis and repeated the feat this Spring. Probably a lot of Cal fans thinking this years team had the advantage over last years Cinderella run to the Coliseum but Logan had other plans.

  • First and Third

    Some great baseball games this week with Joe DeMers and College Park going up to Petaluma to face #1 Casa Grande. I’m guessing CG won’t have seen a pitcher like DeMers yet this season. Provided DeMers doesn’t let Christy beat him, CP will win this game and make it to the finals.

    The other D2 game matches up Clayton Valley Charter at Campolindo. These two teams have met up a number of times over the last few years and have been among the best teams in the East Bay recently. CVC will throw Snyder while Campo will counter with Shelton. I predict the winner of this game will win the Championship.

    De La Salle hosts Logan in the latest chapter of a great rivalry between these two teams. Logan beat DLS 1-0 in 2011 to win the D1 championship. This time DLS gets to host the game, but it won’t matter; with Ramos on the mound, Logan gets it done.

    Granada should continue their run and dispatch Amador Valley though AV is having a solid playoff run. This is Granada’s year however, and they not only win this game but the championship as well.

  • Ricky

    Martinez probably pitches for Logan vs. DLS and rumor has it AJ Pucket has been reinstated onto the DLS team after getting kicked off the team a few weeks ago for cheating on an English paper. If true goes to show you were their priorities lie.

  • Ricky

    Olmo vs. Dronkers in the Granada/Amador game Wed.

  • Prep Fan

    They won’t bring Puckett back. DLS wants to win, but not that bad. Those are 4 great semi final games on tap this week in D1& D2.

  • renegades10

    @Ricky, DLS doesn’t care who the athlete is or how good they are, punishments are handed out equally. All-American receiver Cam Colvin was suspended for half the season in 2003 until he got his grades up at midterms. Marshall Cotton was kicked off the team right before the start of the season his junior year. Their top CB was suspended for the rest of the football season right before the game against Folsom earlier this year os he also missed the game against Centennial. I don’t know the situation with Puckett, but if what you are saying is true and he was kicked off the team and not just suspended for a few weeks, then he is likely done. It would be a new precedent they would be setting if he was allowed back on the team and as an alum that would be very disappointing to see (again assuming that he did what you are saying.)

  • First and Third

    Martinez pitched 6+ innings on Friday. I wouldn’t think they would bring him back on Wednesday to face DLS with a rested Ramos ready to go. Also, there is no way in the world DLS reinstates Puckett after the alleged academic infraction, unless he was exonerated. If the allegations are true, I hope for his sake he doesn’t lose his scholarship to Pepperdine.

  • First and Third

    By the way, is there any update as to where the D1 & D2 Championship games are to be played? St. Marys? Cal?
    Willard Middle School in Berkeley?

  • renegades10

    5-1 DLS over Logan final.

  • Prep Fan

    Down goes Frazier. Amador 9 Granada 7. The 4th place team in the EBAL makes the finals.

  • Prep Fan

    Campo beat CVC 2-0 on a Stephens dinger. CP & CG locked up in an extra inning affair.

  • baseballguy

    Look who pitched for DLS……….

  • renegades10

    I’m going to be honest I don’t know the situation other than what has been written here. Like I said in my post above, if what was said about his academic troubles is true, then this is very disappointing to see. It would be a first as other posters here seem to understand that DLS takes academic integrity very seriously and has always been put ahead of sports. At the same time, we might not have all the facts..just being honest.

  • First and Third

    I guess I have to eat crow on a number of fronts. Amador Valley, De La Salle & Casa Grande proved me wrong; and Puckett pitched!

    Too bad the D1, D2 & D3 Championship games can’t all be at St. Mary’s on Saturday. Great D1 matchup for D1 – AV going for the hat trick this year against DLS.

    In D2, Campo is on a 15 game consecutive win streak and is going for 4 titles in a row at Santa Rosa JC against Casa Grande. CG is the last team to win four section championships in a row (2004-2007). Does CG have any pitching left after their 13 inning affair yesterday?

    Acalanes has their best pitcher ready to go against Analy who also may be short some pitching after their 11 inning game last night.

    It could be the DFAL will win multiple section championships for the fourth consecutive year.

  • Prep Fan

    I heard the same story about the academic infractions that others had posted, from a DLS source. Not sure what to make of it.

    Good luck to all the NCS finalists as the season ends here.

  • renegades10

    This is what was shared with me, “a situation was handled contrary to SOPs for legal, not competitive reasons.” There seems to be more to this than a simple academic issue.