The road to Valley begins for foothills’ baseball and softball teams
Eight teams from the foothills qualify for playoffs
By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FOOTHILLS AREA – In regard to the final postseasons of the school year the committees have spoken. Besides Exeter only Golden West had both their baseball and softball teams qualify for the third season.
Lindsay High School
The team with the best chance to make it to the CIF Valley Championships at Recreation Park is the Cardinals. They will have home field advantage up until the finals with the second seed in Division VI. Back-to-back second place finishes in the East Sequoia League and winning their last five games led to the high seed. Lindsay began their run last night against the Summit Charter Collegiate Academy Bears (13-12, 9-5). Final happened after press time.
Golden West High School
Not only did the Blazers (10-15, 3-9) stumble into the postseason they were given the seventh seed in Division III. That means they will get at least one home game. All despite their sixth place finish in the West Yosemite League, and losing their last six games. The tipping point was their strength of schedule. Coming from the difficult WYL their rating was a 7.3 which was second highest in the division. Tonight they face the tenth seed North High School (Bakersfield) Stars (14-10, 8-4) from the Southeast League.
A series loss to rival El Diamante to close out the regular season stopped all momentum the Blazers had of possibly getting a home game. Instead they were seeded twelfth in Division III. The losses pushed them down into a tie for fourth along with Hanford in the WYL. Last night the Blazers played the fifth seeded Highland (Bakersfield) Scots. Final happened after press time.
Strathmore High School
After failing to qualify last year the Spartans once again made it to the postseason. A fourth place finish in the East Sequoia League gave them the seventh seed. They enter the playoffs having only won one game in their last six. Last night Strathmore opened begun Division VI playoffs at home against the tenth seeded Orosi Cardinals (10-11, 9-5). Final happened after press time.
Woodlake High School
The Tigers first top three finish in the East Sequoia League in six years has produced their first playoff appearance in the same time frame. The third place finish was good enough to earn the six seed in Division VI. Despite losing their last game Woodlake does enter with some momentum having won their last three prior. Tonight they will play the eleventh seeded Orosi Cardinals (7-15, 7-7) tonight at 4 p.m. The Cardinals finished fourth in the East Sierra League. They have won their last two game with the second on forfeit.