The high school post season tournaments got underway and both the NBL and SCL champions were in action.   One had the kind of game that was similar to the kind of games they played during league play, especially the first half, the other no similarity at all.

The team that had the similar look was NBL champion Casa Grande, who stared league play with that amazing streak of nine straight one run wins.  During the streak, twice they went into an inning when they had to score or lose and two games went extra innings.

They trumped that on Wednesday. 

Casa Grande and Rancho Cotate played an epic game that went 3 ½ hours before Casa Grande took a 12 inning 5-4 win.  Rancho Cotate took the lead twice in extra inning, in the eighth and tenth innings, but each time Casa Grande pulled even before finally ending things.

Those weren’t even Casa Grande’s biggest rallies.   They were behind 2-0 going to the bottom of the sixth when they pulled even, setting up the game that wouldn’t end.

Casa Grande trailed by two runs during the league season one time.  That was the March 29th against Windsor, 2-0 in the third.  That was also one of the games when they faced a score or lose inning.  That was in the eighth when Windsor took a 3-2 lead.  Casa Grande tied it in the bottom of the eighth, before taking a 4-3 win in ten.

The other game that Casa Grande faced having to score or lose scenario was on April 10th when they scored two in the bottom of the seventh to beat Rancho Cotate 4-3.

On Wednesday they got Rancho again.

Casa Grande will meet Cardinal Newman in the NBL Post Season Championship Game.  The game will be play at SRJC on Friday at 4 pm.

By the way the other extra inning league win Casa Grande got also went 12 innings.  That was on April 5th when they defeated Santa Rosa 4-3.  In that game it was Santa Rosa who had a two run seventh to force what turned out to be a marathon.

Cardinal Newman advanced by doing something that wasn’t normal for them this season; they beat Maria Carrillo.    Not only did Cardinal Newman get its first win over Maria Carrillo in four tries this season, they snapped a Puma six game winning streak.

Ridge Etchell pitched a three hit shutout to lead Cardinal Newman to a 3-0 win.   He survived the first inning in which he gave up a hit and two walks, but no runs in part because Ricky Clark threw out a base runner trying to steal.  From the third inning on Maria Carrillo didn’t have more than three men bat.  In two of those innings, Cardinal Newman turned inning ending double plays.

Alec Rennard was matching Etchell for Maria Carrillo zero for zero.  He allowed just one hit until the sixth when Cardinal Newman broke a scoreless tie when Clark and Etchell each had two out RBI singles.

Despite the losses Maria Carrillo and Rancho Cotate will both be in the NCS Division 2 playoffs.

The other league champion who had the out of ordinary game was Analy.  It was way out of the ordinary.  After going undefeated in league play they lost to Sonoma Valley 4-1.   Brennan Cole and Devan Graff combined on a three hitter.

Sonoma Valley scored three runs in the 2nd, two coming on a double by Vinnie Albano. 

Sonoma Valley will meet the winner of the Thursday Piner-Petaluma game in Friday’s Championship Game.  Both games are at Arnold Field in Sonoma at start at 7 pm.


The Sonoma State Baseball team begins its quest for a trip to the Division 2 College World Series.    They are one of forty eight teams across the country that has National Championship dreams dancing in its heads.

Sonoma State is in one of eight-six team double elimination tournaments, playing in the West Region which is being hosted by Dixie State College in St. George, Utah .  There are three games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at least one game on Sunday.

At first glance this West regional looks like the CCAA post season tournament which was held last week.

The first two games of the Thursday schedule were played one time or another during the CCAA post season tournament last week.  One of the games was played three times.

That was Sonoma State meeting Cal State Los Angeles who they play for the fourth straight game.  Last week Sonoma State was on the verge of the CCAA post season tournament championship when they beat CSLA 5-4.  CSLA then won an elimination game and then beat SSU twice to steal the tournament.

Turns out Cal State LA needed that tournament to still be playing.  They are a No. 5 seed, Sonoma State is a No. 2.  That is despite the fact the Cal State LA not only won the tournament, they finished higher in the regular season standings.   Add to that in the final national rankings Cal State LA is No. 21 while Sonoma State is No. 23.

The first of the three games is between Cal State Monterey and Chico State.  Cal State Monterey is the No. 1 seed, ranked No. 7 in the country and won the CCAA regular season championship.   Chico State finished third and is ranked No. 16 in the country.

The last game of the day is the only one that doesn’t involve a CCAA team.  No. 3 seed and host school Dixie State meets No. 4 Grand Canyon.

Here is the complete weekend schedule.


Thursday, May 16

GAME 1:  No. 1 Cal State Monterey Bay (38-15) vs. No. 6 Chico State (34-16) — 10:00 am
GAME 2:  No. 2 SONOMA STATE (34-20) vs. No. 5 Cal State L.A. (35-20) — 2:00 pm
GAME 3:  No. 3 Dixie State (32-15) vs. No. 4 Grand Canyon (34-16) — 6:00 pm
Friday, May 17
GAME 4:  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 — 10:00 am
GAME 5:  Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 — 2:00 pm
GAME 6:  Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 — 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 18
GAME 7:  Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 — 10:00 am
GAME 8:  Loser Game 6 vs. Winner Game 4 — 2:00 pm
GAME 9:  Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 — 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 19
GAME 10:  Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 — 10:00 am
GAME 11:  Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 (if necessary) — 2:00 pm


No. 1—Earlier it was report here that Sonoma State was in a four team double elimination tournament and played the tournament’s first game.  Hopefully that has been cleared up above, but it is a six team double elimination tournament and SSU’s first game is the second game of the tournament.

No. 2—In the weekly recap it was report that that the most Division V can have in te NCS playoffs was eight..  The bracket which will include St. Vincent in both baseball and softball can have as many as 16.  Division 6 has eight teams max.

No. 3—Last but not least (at least what I’m aware of), there does seem to be a SCL Softball tournament.  League champion Petaluma won its first round game and will play in the championship game. 

Who they play and when is unsure.  The other first round game was supposed to be Sonoma Valley and Analy.   Those two teams were scheduled to play the last regular season game on Tuesday.  There is a report score that Sonoma Valley defeated Analy 5-1.  Not sure if that was the regular season game or the SCL post season first round.

Stay tuned.

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