Dissecting the baseball brackets

Posted by: Press Democrat correspondent Dewey Forget

It’s very possible – and considering the way this baseball season has gone – nearly a guarantee that Montgomery and Cardinal Newman will square off once again in the North Coast Section Division II baseball playoffs. It would be the fourth meeting between the two. Montgomery won the first game and Newman the next two.

It would seem that the NCS seeding committee felt that by splitting the season series, the two teams were about equal. Newman got a four seed, while the Vikings grabbed the five. It’s my idea that when the Cardinals defeated the Vikings for the North Bay League tournament title, the committee felt they deserved a higher seed. But, I would suggest this as a more logical decision: Newman could have been given a No. 3, with Casa Grande, which got the three, dropping to a four. Both the three and four-seeds get a bye, and meet similar competition. I can’t believe Casa would have complained about the four seed. That would have put Montgomery and Newman in different brackets. But, the Vikings will first have to get past No. 12 Redwood. That should happen.

Over in NCS Division II softball the committee got it right, awarding Montgomery the top seed and Rancho Cotate the second seed, which automatically puts them in different brackets. Like Montgomery and Newman, the two are very familiar with other, having met twice in the league season and in the NBL tournament playoff championship. The Vikings will most likely have to beat Las Lomas or Clayton Valley in the semifinals, and Rancho will have to get past Pinole Valley to get to the title game. It appears Montgomery has the easier road of the two. Nevertheless, it should be Montgomery-Rancho for all the marbles.