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Eight local baseball/softball teams reach 2017 postseason

Granite Bay, Valley Christian and Woodcreek add two teams to playoff hunt
By: Steven Wilson,
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A total of eight programs spent the weekend reviewing their next opponent as they get set to begin the 2017 postseason. 

Granite Bay, Woodcreek and Valley Christian will each send their baseball and softball programs into the playoffs, while Oakmont’s baseball team and Roseville’s softball squad will join them. 

Take a look at their opening-round opponents below.

 

Woodcreek beats out Folsom for final playoff spot

Despite dropping its three-game series to Folsom earlier in the year, Woodcreek’s baseball program used a late-season surge to beat the Bulldogs to the playoff finish line last week. 

Thanks to a huge, three-run home run from junior Dennis Boatman in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game against Granite Bay, the Timberwolves kept their playoff hopes alive as they stayed one game ahead of Folsom in the standings.

Boatman’s jack helped Woodcreek earn a 10-7 victory and spoil the Grizzlies’ senior day festivities just one day after Granite Bay claimed a 1-0 victory at Woodcreek. The three-run shot broke open a tied game and the Grizzlies couldn’t match the feat in the bottom of the inning.

A 7-1 win on Wednesday ensured the team’s postseason hopes and they were rewarded with the No. 10 seed in the Division I North bracket. 

The Timberwolves will now prep for Monday’s opener as they hit the road to face No. 7 Will C. Wood High School for a 4 p.m. game. Read more about Woodcreek’s recent surge by clicking here.

 

Granite Bay seeks turnaround in playoffs

After dropping two of three games to red-hot Woodcreek this past week, the Granite Bay baseball program went from an SFL title and a first-round bye to a playoff-opener on Monday.

The Grizzlies, who sit at 18-6-1 overall this year and 13-5 in the SFL, were still able to claim the No. 5 seed heading into the Division I North playoffs and will host No. 12 Sheldon (14-13, 7-7 DELTA) Monday at 4 p.m.

“We wanted to be going into the playoffs with some confidence — playing at the top of our game,” Esposito added. “That’s a big piece to playoff baseball — who’s hot. Woodcreek seems to be hot as the four seed, and they could win a couple games and be right there, like we did a couple years ago. So we’ll see what happens — we’ve been good on the mound most of the year so we’re going to ride those guys as far as we can.”

Read more about Granite Bay by clicking here. 

 

Valley Christian claims top spot in Division VII

VCA’s baseball team, which clinched the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League championship after going 14-0 in league play, will enter the playoffs having beat beat the No. 5 seeds in D2, D3, D4 and the No. 6 seed in D5.

“It's been a good year, but we’re not done yet,” the team’s coach Brad Gunter Jr. stated. “Our first matchup could be title rematch from last year, and their pitcher is good on the bump, so we will have to wait and see and take care of business.”

The Lions’ playoff opener will come after a first-round bye, which was granted to them as the top-overall seed in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs. 

VCA will face the winner of No. 8 Big Valley Christian and No. 9 Hughes Academy Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m. on the fields at McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark near Sacramento State University. 

Read more about the team’s recent success here

 

Oakmont enters playoffs as No. 2 seed in D2

The Capital Valley Conference title was just the start for a young, but hungry Oakmont baseball team. 

The Vikings claimed the No. 2 seed in the section’s Division II bracket and earned a first-round bye. Oakmont will be back on the field Tuesday night, May 16, as the playoffs begin at American River College. They will face McClatchy or Fairfield following the play-in game on Monday. 

For more on Oakmont’s story, click here

 

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

 

Roseville claims No. 5 seed in D2 softball bracket

Riding a four-game win streak, the Tigers will enter the 2017 section playoffs with a head of steam after finishing second in the Capital Valley Conference and earning the No. 5 seed in the Division II bracket. 

Roseville (19-7-1, 10-4 CVC) will get the chance to host at least one game this year as they welcome No. 12 Vacaville to their home field Tuesday. The Bulldogs enter the game with a 14-8 overall record and a 10-5 mark in the Monticello Empire League, where they finished third behind Will C. Wood and Napa High. 

Tuesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

 

Woodcreek sneaks in with No. 10 seed in D1 bracket

Despite a down year and a fifth-place finish in the competitive Sierra Foothill League, Woodcreek’s softball program will still have the chance to make some noise in the playoffs. 

As the No. 10 seed in the Division I bracket, the Timberwolves (13-12, 5-7 SFL) will have to hit the road Wednesday as they face No. 7 Davis for a 4 p.m. playoff opener. The Blue Devils are just 11-10 this year and finished fourth in the Delta League this season with an 8-6 mark.

Wednesday’s game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

 

Granite Bay draws tough opener in D2

One of the best seasons on record at Granite Bay wasn’t rewarded with a high seed in this year’s Division II playoffs. 

The Grizzlies, who won six games and swept Woodcreek for the first time in program history, claimed a fourth-place finish in the SFL. But that strong mark only resulted in the No. 14 seed in the D2 bracket this week. 

Granite Bay will have to take down the section’s fourth-ranked team, No. 3 seed Del Campo (21-5, 14-0 CVC) Wednesday in their playoff opener if they hope to advance past the first round. 

There is good news for the Grizzlies though. 

The Cougars, who didn’t lose a single league game in 2017, dropped a 6-3 decision to Woodcreek back in early March. Granite Bay will look to duplicate that success Wednesday in their 4 p.m. matchup. 

 

VCA takes No. 5 seed in D7 softball bracket

It’s been a successful season for Valley Christian’s softball team, which finished second in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League behind Western Sierra Collegiate Academy. 

The Lions posted a strong, 12-2 record in league play this year and reached the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Their strong play led to the No. 5 seed in this season’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII bracket, but it also led to a rematch for two strong programs.

VCA will face No. 4 Elliot Christian (12-8-1, 6-5 Central California Athletic Alliance) on the road Wednesday at 4 p.m. Unfortunately, the Lions were winless (0-1-1) against the Eagles in the regular season, including a 21-21 tie in the team’s opening matchup and an 11-7 loss in their mid-April rematch. 

Maybe the third time is the charm?

A win would be the first playoff victory for VCA in four years.