4/20/2015

Watsonville-North Salinas baseball

 North Salinas has had all weekend to stew after seeing its 19-game league winning streak snapped by Watsonville last week.
 I wouldn't call it a wake up call. After all, Watsonville was the only team to beat them in league last year.
 I would look at it as a motivational tool for today's rematch at North Salinas.
 All of a sudden, first place is at stake for these two rivals.
 Ironically, the Wildcatz were just 2-4 in their last four overall games prior to beating North Salinas 1-0.
 No one will argue that Watsonville is a different team with Chris Rivera on the mound. It's unlikely he will start on two days rest.
 North Salinas will turn to Isaac Garcia, who has pitched like an ace this year.
 One run games have not gone well for the defending Pacific Division champion Vikings, who are just 1-3 this year.


Notre Dame-Mitty softball

 Normally, I wouldn't make too much out of a non-league game in the heart of the league season in any sport.
 But this is different.
 Notre Dame and Mitty - who meet Friday in San Jose - are arguably the two most successful softball programs in the history of the Central Coast Section.
 Need prove?
 The Spirits have won a record 14 Central Coast Section Division III titles -- including a state record nine straight at one point, while Mitty is next with 12 Division II titles.
 The Monarchs have 53 postseason wins while Notre Dame has 52, trailing only Carlmont's 63. Both the Spirits and Mitty didn't win their first titles until after 1990.
 Ironically, both went into the week with 16-3 overall records and are undefeated in their respective leagues.
 Mitty is also ranked in the Top 50 in the nation.