NCS baseball/softball finals preview


A trio of Empire teams survived to the championship weekend of the North Coast Section baseball and softball playoffs.
First to play will be the St. Vincent softball squad, going to Dublin to face Valley Christian in the Division 5 finals today at 4 p.m. The teams were expected to get this far with Valley Christian (14-4) the top seed and St. Vincent (14-7) second.

Valley Christian should provide a test compared with St. Vincent’s first two playoff opponents. Both of the Mustangs’ wins were called early due to the 10-run rule. To reach the finals, Valley Christian edged Calistoga.
Petaluma faces Carondelet in the Division 2 softball final at San Marin High in Novato today at 5 p.m.

Second-seed Petaluma (20-4) was set up for a run to the finals, with the Trojans beating Rancho Cotate to reach the title game. Carondelet (18-8) is a dark horse, beating higher seed Redwood and then top-ranked Pinole Valley to earn a shot at the section championship.
While the Trojans have powerful bats and a stingy pitching staff, the Cougars also have enough to play well when it counts. Both teams came out of tough leagues.

The Division 6 baseball bracket held to form with second-seed Point Arena scheduled to face top-ranked St. Bernard Catholic for the championship in Eureka at 1 p.m. Saturday.
After defeating a pair of familiar North Central League foes at home, Point Arena — 18-3 — faces fellow coast power St. Bernard — 17-3 on the season. Both squads have deep pitching to complement strong offenses.

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470.