Lack of softball parity in MTAL

The Mission Trail Athletic League's merger with the Monterey Bay League can't come soon enough in softball.
Results this season among the top four teams and bottom four have been so one-sided that games are being halted in the fourth inning.
 I'm still puzzled why Greenfield was pushed back into the MTAL after spending the last two seasons in the Coastal Athletic League, where the program was competitive.
 It's clear where the travel team players are located based on the programs that continue to battle for supremacy in the MTAL.
 Yet, while defending champion Carmel, along with Santa Catalina and Pacific Grove were expected to contend, Soledad's emergence is a surprise.
Coming off a 2-10 MTAL campaign, the Aztecs matched that win total in the first two weeks, and are one misplayed ball from perhaps being 4-1.
 While chasing a league title might be a stretch for a team still maturing with its youth, a postseason berth isn't out of the question.
 Soledad can score runs behind sluggers Savannah Bermudez, Celeste Parra and Celeste Canchola. And junior hurler Elena Meza continues to improve.
 Not since its inaugural season in 2001 has Soledad won eight league games in a season. In fact, the four wins to date is the fifth most in MTAL play in school history.

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