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May 25, 2010 > NCS playoffs for high school softball teams start this week

NCS playoffs for high school softball teams start this week

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

In Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) softball play last week Bishop O'Dowd High School lost twice: 6-4 to Hayward High School; 19-11 to Castro Valley High School. Castro Valley won the regular season league championship and the automatic bid to the North Coast Section tournament (NCS).

Hayward trailed O'Dowd 4-1 into the sixth before the Farmers went ahead with two in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Angie Purchio went the distance for Hayward while Brianna Thompson was 3-4 at the plate.

Hayward, Tennyson and Mt. Eden did not qualify for NCS while Moreau Catholic High School will play in D-III along with O'Dowd. Moreau enters as the no.-2 seed and will play a quarterfinal game on Saturday. May 29, at 7 p.m. on Larry Standley Field in Hayward against the winner of Tamalpais and Sir Francis Drake high schools.

In the Bay Counties League (BCL) - East I tournament, Fremont Christian High School dropped a first-round game to Head-Royce High School, 17-7, while California School for the Deaf defeated Redwood Christian High School, 14-6, in round one before losing 12-2 to College Prep in the semis. College Prep went on the win the BCL - East I tournament.

Fremont Christian qualified for D-V as the no.-9 seed and will host eighth-seeded Upper Lake High School on Wednesday, May 26, at 5 p.m. CSD will play at home in D-VI as the no.-3 seed, also on Wednesday at 5 p.m., taking on no.-6 Laytonville High School.

Meanwhile, in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) tournament at James Logan High School, Newark Memorial and Washington high schools met in the opening round with a pitchers' duel between Newark sophomore Marissa Chapa and Washington freshman Angelina Lombardi.

Both teams went scoreless over the first four and a half before the Huskies got a run on a single and three walks. Chapa would strike out nine, gave up two hits but walked seven.

Washington scored another run in the sixth on a single, a walk and a Newark error making the final score 2-0. Junior third baseman, Sara Ferguson went 2-3 with a walk and scored both of the Huskies runs.

American met top-seeded Logan and scored two runs in the top of the first and hung on for a 2-1 upset victory. Christina Thompson went the distance for American giving up a run on three hits. Raeann Garza gave up four hits in her seven innings of work for Logan.

On Thursday, May 20, Washington and American met for the right to play Logan on Friday, May 21. Washington jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Washington added another run in the second to take an early 5-0 lead. Then in the top of the fifth American broke out with four runs of their own to make a game of it at 5-4. However, that would be the end of the scoring and the Huskies would move on to the Friday game against Logan.

On Friday, the regular season champs took charge and scored three runs in the third and two in the fifth for a 5-0 victory. Garza pitched the complete-game shutout for Logan, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out seven. Lombardi pitched all seven innings for Washington giving up nine hits.

Logan, Washington, Newark and American all will participate in the NCS DI tournament. All four teams open on May 26: Washington, Newark and American on the road at 5 p.m.; Logan at home at 7 p.m.

No.-5 American vs. no.-2 Livermore High School; no.-14 Newark vs. no.-3 California High School; no.-12 Washington vs. no.-5 Antioch High School; and no.-7 Logan vs. no.-10 Arroyo. John F. Kennedy, Mission San Jose and Irvington high schools did not qualify.

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