Santa Clarita, Calif – Monday the CIF Southern Section released it’s baseball and softball playoff parings for the 2015 season with 12 Santa Clarita Valley teams qualifying.
In division one baseball Hart earned the number one spot from the Foothill League after their league title however an early six game losing streak that included a loss to Canyon coupled with a loss to West Ranch late in the season kept them out of the top four in the division. The Indians will open at home with Alemany on Thursday in the top half of the division one bracket which includes the number one and four teams in JSerra and Notre Dame.
Valencia earned the number two Foothill league spot just edging out Saugus during the league season, also picking up an automatic bid into the playoffs. They draw a first round matchup on the road against Loyola and if they should win will likely square off with the number two overall team in division two from Agoura in the second round.
Saugus earned a wildcard bid and will travel to Newbury Park Tuesday afternoon with a chance to face Notre Dame on Thursday in the opening round of the playoffs awaiting the winner.
In division seven SCCS earned the number two overall ranking in the 32 team bracket after a 15-6 Heritage League championship season. The reward for their stellar play is an opening round home game against the number 4 Omega league team out of Newbury Park Adventist Academy.
Trinity Classical’s number three finish in the Heritage league earned them a tough opening round matchup against Omega League number one Hillcrest Christian while Omega League number three Albert Einstein Academy will open on the road with Animo Leadership.
In softball six schools will have teams in the 2015 playoffs. Starting out in division one, West Ranch won the foothill league title in a runaway going a perfect 10-0 earning the automatic bid to the post season. Their 24-5 overall record wasn’t quite enough to vault them into the top four in division one, however it did earn the Wildcats a favorable first round matchup with Edison at home.
Valencia’s 6-3-1 finish garnered them the second auto bid from the Foothill League, thus providing them with an opening round home game against Charter Oak. Hart also qualified for the playoffs at 4-5-1 in league and will have the toughest test of any foothill league team opening the playoffs on the road against Canyon of Anaheim.
In division seven, Albert Einstein Academy was the number two team in the Omega league, qualifying them for the playoffs and a first round matchup at home against Valley Christian (Santa Monica). Santa Clarita Christian and Santa Clarita International both earned wildcard spots and as luck would have it, they would open the 2015 playoffs against one another on Tuesday afternoon with the winner going on to face Coast Union Thursday.
For full playoff brackets from baseball and softball head to cifss.org
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