The Aptos High boys’ volleyball team had earned a home game for the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, but the home crowd wasn’t enough help to overcome a tough Valley Christian team.
The Mariners came up short in a loss against the Warriors in three sets, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20, in the opening round of the postseason on Tuesday.
“The offense and passing just weren’t there for us,” said Aptos coach Tyler Krinkie in a text message. “Valley Christian limited their errors. We were able to rally and keep it close, but just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Jackson Shirley tallied nine kills and two blocks, while teammate Truman Natividad recorded three kills and a block for the Mariners.
Logan Schetselaar finished with four kills and a block, while Bryce Edwards collected 21 assists and a service ace.
“It was definitely a special season and I give all the props to the guys,” Krinkie wrote. “They are such a great group of guys and I was so lucky to be along for the ride in my first year (as coach).”
Krinkie said from top to bottom, the team all came in and worked hard to get better every day.
“We have a (league) championship to show for that. I’m super excited for the future,” he wrote.
Krinkie said he knows the Mariners have some unfinished business in the postseason waiting for them next season and believes the returners are already fired up.
“The one thing we talked about that we wish we changed was setting our goals a little higher at the beginning of the year,” he wrote. “So, our focus heading into next year is bringing Aptos its first boys volleyball CCS championship.”
At Saratoga 3, Mt. Madonna 0 >> The Hawks were eliminated from the first round of the CCS Division III playoffs after losing to Saratoga in three sets, 25-21, 25-8, 25-13.
Samith Lakka and Luca Peruzzi each had seven kills. Ben Pearson finished with four kills, while Sage turner tallied 20 assists for Mount Madonna.
Hawks coach PK McDonald said they came out with the lead in Game 1, but eventually Saratoga made some adjustments and its defense held Mount Madonna in check to close out Games 2 and 3.
The Hawks finished the season 16-10 overall.
At Santa Cruz 10, Aptos 1 >> Jack Bollengier went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Mariners in loss against the Cardinals in SCCAL play.
David Eichorn tallied four strikeouts and allowed eight runs on eight hits for Aptos (18-5-1, 10-4), which plays against Santa Cruz on Friday at 4 p.m.
At Monterey 7, M.V.C. 3 >> Dominic Felice hit a home run in the third inning and drove in all three runs for the Mustangs in a loss against the Toreadores in Pacific Coast Athletic League Gabilan play.
Quinn Alexander recorded three strikeouts and allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings for Monte Vista Christian, which finished the regular season 14-11 overall and 11-10 in league play.
Christopher 9, at St. Francis 1 >> The Sharks came up short in a loss against the Cougars in PCAL-Gabilan play. St. Francis finished the regular season 3-24 overall and 2-21 in league play.
At Alvarez 4, Watsonville 3 >> The Wildcatz fall short in a loss against the Eagles in PCAL-Mission play. Watsonville finished the regular season 5-22 overall and 4-16 in league play.
Aptos takes eighth at CCS >> The Mariners finished with a team total score of 410 and placed eighth out of 11 teams in the first of two regional rounds.
Nicholas Gavasse, who was the SCCAL champion last year, led Aptos with an 80, while seniors Johnny Staka (81) and Adam MacDonald (82) and junior Jake Lanagan (84) added their scores for the Mariners. Jacob Fasio had his 94 thrown out.
Watsonville 3, Gilroy 2 >> The Wildcatz defeated the Mustangs in PCAL Gabilan play. Rylee Gomez hit a triple in the top of sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Jazmyn Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to give Watsonville High the lead and the eventual game-winning run.
The Wildcatz (19-4, 8-3) play at home against Christopher on Thursday at 4 p.m.
North Monterey County 10, Stevenson 1 >> Thomas Harrison tallied 10 strikeouts and allowed a run on five hits in seven innings of work to help the Condors defeat the Pirates in non-league play.
Shane Cortez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while teammate Tony Magaña went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Aptos 16, at Scotts Valley 1 >> Zoe Kinsella-Montes batted a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored as the Mariners defeated the Falcons in SCCAL action.
Martina Churchill also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while teammate Shea Garcia went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored for Aptos.
Ada Neu recorded eight strikeouts and allowed just a run on two hits in five innings, while going 1-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored for the Mariners (12-9, 10-3), who play at Soquel today at 4 p.m.
Carmel 2, N.M.C. 0 >> The Condors closed out the regular season with a loss against the Padres in PCAL Mission Division play.
Pajaro Valley 17, Marina 7 >> The Grizzlies closed out the regular season with a win against the Mariners in PCAL Santa Lucia Division play.
At Salinas 9, Watsonville 5 >> The Wildcatz came up short in the regular season finale against the Cowboys in PCAL Mission Division play.
Coaches are encouraged to report scores, stats and highlights to [email protected] following games or call 831-761-7335. Please include your name and contact number in the email.
Editor's Note: This article will be published in the May 10 edition of the Register-Pajaronian.