Weekend Roundup, 5/19: Watsonville High softball advances past Piedmont Hills in CCS quarterfinals


St. Francis High brings back former varsity girls basketball coach

The Watsonville High softball team was on the verge of having its Central Coast Section Division I playoff game delayed by rain on Saturday.  

But, the No. 1-seeded Wildcatz managed to score some runs and play enough innings to get a 4-0 win against No. 9 Piedmont Hills in five innings on Saturday at Fremont High.

“Coming in, we just wanted to play. Either way, rain or not,” said freshman Rylee Gomez, who went 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored.

Watsonville built a 2-0 lead against the Pirates going into the fourth inning. The Wildcatz added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, when the game was called due to weather.

The Wildcatz were held to two runs in the first four innings, which was what they scored in the opening inning against Lincoln High on Thursday.

Gomez said the players had trouble in the box but then they started to generate some base hits, which then produced runs as the game went on.

“Our hits came along,” she said. “We struggled with the at-bats but we adjusted to the pitcher and came along and got our hits that we needed.”

Watsonville will play against Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan Division rival and No. 5-seed San Benito in the semifinals next week. The day, time and site have yet to be decided.

The teams split their two-game series in league play. San Benito won the first matchup 1-0 and Watsonville took the last one, 3-0.

The Wildcatz finished second in the PCAL-G standing, while the Haybalers tied for third.

Rain delays postpone CCS softball playoffs >> The rain kept two local schools from playing its CCS Division II playoff games and are postponed until Monday.

Aptos High will play No. 2 Carmel High at Carmel Middle School, while Monte Vista Christian will play at No. 3 Hillsdale High. Both games slated to begin at 4 p.m.

The No. 10 Mariners, who placed second in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League, are coming off a thrilling 14-inning victory against No. 7 St. Francis on Wednesday during the first round.

The No. 11 Mustangs, who placed second in the PCAL Cypress, stole one on the road against No. 6 Live Oak in their 5-4 victory in the first round, as well.

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HS BASEBALL

M.V.C. 2, Scotts Valley 0 >> Senior Thomas Avila threw a complete game one-hitter to help the No. 3-seeded Mustangs defeat the No. 6 Falcons in the quarterfinals of the CCS D-III playoffs.

M.V.C., the fifth-place finisher in the PCAL-Gabilan, will play No. 2 Menlo on Tuesday at Washington Park in Santa Clara with a time to be determined.

Aptos game postponed until Monday >> The No. 2-seeded Mariners had to postpone their CCS D-II quarterfinals game against No. 10 Capuchino due to weather. The two will meet Monday at Aptos High School with first pitch slated at 2 p.m.

The Mariners (20-6-1), who finished second in the SCCAL, are coming off a close 1-0 win against Half Moon Bay on Friday that took eight innings to decide a winner.  

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JC SOFTBALL

Lahood named to All-America team >> Cabrillo College freshman Lauren Lahood was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s California Junior College All-America team for Northern California.

The Scotts Valley High alumna is considered among the top 10 softball players in NorCal community college.

Lahood hit .490 with 51 hits, six home runs, four triples, four doubles, 24 RBIs and a team-high 37 runs scored for the Seahawks.

Lahood also led the team with 14 stolen bases, a .534 on-base percentage and .779 slugging percentage.

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HS BASKETBALL

Braga returns to St. Francis >> St. Francis High School announced Randy Braga is coming back as coach of the girls varsity basketball team. He returns to a program where he won three CCS titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Braga started as an assistant at St. Francis before taking over the head coach position for the 2012-13 season.

"We're very excited to get coach (Randy) Braga back to St. Francis,” said St. Francis athletic director Adam Hazel in a press release. “He knows what it takes to build character and win. And he is a role model in our community. We look forward to him continuing our great tradition on and off the court."

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