Fourteen prep baseball and softball teams from San Luis Obispo County learned Monday who they’ll face to start the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs this week.
All playoff games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m. unless another time is mutually agreed upon beforehand.
In baseball, PAC 7 champion Arroyo Grande (20-7) will host the winner of today’s Division 2 wild-card game between South Hills of West Covina (20-4) and Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (13-13) in the first round Thursday.
In today’s wild-card round, Paso Robles (18-9) will play at home against Palos Verdes (19-11), while San Luis Obispo (14-13) will travel to face Alemany of Mission Hills (18-9).
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In Division 5, Nipomo (16-5), the Los Padres League champion, will host the winner of today’s wild-card matchup between Gladstone of Covina (15-6) and El Monte (10-10) in Friday’s first round.
Templeton (13-10) will play at Mary Star of San Pedro (17-8) in a Division 5 wild-card game this afternoon.
In Division 7, North County Christian (11-4), which won the Coast Valley League title, will host Los Angeles Lutheran (6-8) in the first round Friday. Coast Union (7-12) will host Trinity Classical Academy of Valencia (6-8) in the wild-card round today.
Arroyo Grande also won the PAC 7 title outright in softball.
The Eagles (16-9) will host either South Torrance (19-9) or Lancaster Eastside (13-10) in the Division 3 first round Thursday.
Just like in baseball, all the rest of the PAC 7 teams will have to get through the wild-card round this afternoon to make it to the first round, as Paso Robles (17-11) will host El Segundo (16-10) and Atascadero (17-12) will play at La Reina of Thousand Oaks (17-9).
Two LPL softball teams are already in the first round. Both Morro Bay (12-14) and Nipomo (17-9), which shared the league championship, will open the postseason Thursday. The Pirates, who were awarded the league’s top postseason berth because of a tiebreaker, will host either Hemet (14-12) or Rosemead (11-10), while the Titans will play at San Marino (13-8).
In the first round of the Division 7 bracket, CVL champion Coastal Christian (11-3) will open at home against Trinity Classical Academy (11-8) on Thursday, while North County Christian (10-6) will be on the road to face Viewpoint of Calabasas (9-10).
May earns Cal-Hi award
Morgan May, a sophomore shortstop for Coast Union, was selected as one of 20 ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports State Stat Stars of the Week.
May hit for the cycle and collected 14 RBI in the Broncos’ 48-47 loss to Cuyama Valley on May 12. Her 14 RBI tied the state record for runs driven in during a single game, according to the publication.
The game’s 95 runs broke a 28-year-old all-time national high school softball record for combined scoring in a single game. The old record was 94.
Northern Region Individual Championships
Atascadero’s Randy Armas and Arroyo Grande’s Mitch Martin shot 73 and 74, respectively, at par-71 Las Posas Country Club in Camarillo to qualify for the section’s overall individual finals, which will be held May 23 at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Industry Hills.
Top-30 finishers advanced. Armas finished tied for third, while Martin tied for eighth.
Armas was added to the field as an alternate late Sunday night and posted the score he did despite little rest as he and Greyhounds coach Sam DeRose made the drive to Camarillo just hours before the start of play because of the late notice.
Linemen football event
Three county linemen — Templeton’s Ross Berry and Casey Dakin, as well as Morro Bay’s Jonathan Miller — placed first at the Passing Down Northern California Elite Linemen Football Challenge held in Rocklin on May 7, training coach John Spells said.
At the event, teams of three linemen each competed in several drills to test quickness and strength, including one-on-one blocking, bench press reps and 10-yard sled push relay. The local trio advanced to the next stage, the overall Best of the West Challenge, which will be held in Fresno on July 8-9.
Dakin and Miller are finishing their junior years. Berry is a sophomore. Miller was named the LPL’s co-Lineman of the Year this past season, while Berry was selected to Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state sophomore second team.