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Baron softball team prevails, 9-2, in Open Division playoff opener Phillip Brents | Fri, May 23 2014 02:12 PM

Love it or hate it, the San Diego Section’s new Open Division is charting new territory for several Metro Conference teams.

The Metro-Mesa League champion Bonita Vista Barons are represented in the elite softball bracket. BVHS coach John Carlson terms the Elite Eight group “tough.”

The Barons received the No. 3 seed in the division and hosted the sixth-seeded Torrey Pines Falcons  in an early afternoon opening round game Wednesday. The hosts came out on the winning end of a 9-2 decision, though tougher opponents lie ahead in the double-elimination tournament.

Bonita Vista (17-5) advances to play at second-seeded Carlsbad (16-5) in Saturday’s second round.
“A win is a win at this point of the season,” Carlson said. “All a coach can ask for in the playoffs is to have one more game — that’s about it.”

Izzy Ortiz and Alex Vargas braced the Barons from the pitching circle in Wednesday’s playoff win, with the pair scattering five hits.

At the plate, Kaylynn Lopez-Liu slugged a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give the hosts some breathing room with a 7-2 lead.

Lani Graft had two hits in the game and collected three RBI to help fuel the winners’ attack while Ashley Quidolit, JoJo Nicolas and Carolyn Wright each drove in one run.

Poway (20-7) received the No. 1 seed in the Open Division. Rounding out the eight-team bracket are fourth-seeded Rancho Bernardo (15-9), fifth-seeded Westview (22-4-1), seventh-seeded West Hills (15-4-1), eighth-seeded San Marcos (10-15) and the Falcons (14-12).

The Barons finished runner-up to Rancho Bernardo in last year’s Division II title game after defeating the same Broncos team to win the 2012 Division II title.

“It’s one of those things where we have done well over the past few years (to be included in the Open Division),” Carlson noted. “In a sense, we’re a victim of our own success.”

No-hitter

Top-seeded Southwest (12-7) opened the Division V playoffs with a bang on Wednesday as Michelle Olea tossed a no-hitter in a 3-1 victory against visiting Borrego Springs (1-10).

 

SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
Open Division
First Round
Wednesday, May 21

 (3) Bonita Vista 9, (6) Torrey Pines 2

(3) Bonita Vista (17-5) plays at (2) Carlsbad (16-4) on Saturday, May 24. Carlasbad wins 11-2, Bonita Vista drops to elimination bracket against Rancho Bernardo

Third round:
May 27, 3:30 p.m. (site of higher-seeded team)
Fourth round: May 29, 5 p.m. at Santee Sportsplex
Fifth round: May 29, 7:30 p.m. at Santee Sportsplex (if necessary)
Championship game: May 31, 7 p.m. at UC San Diego

 

Division I
First Round
Thursday, May 22

(2) Otay Ranch (19-9) 7,(10) Fallbrook 6
Otay Ranch (20-9) will host (3) Mt. Carmel (14-5) on Saturday, May 24. Otay Ranch wins 5-3, advances to semifinals against Ramona

Second round: May 24
Third round: May 27
Semifinals: May 29 at Santee Sportsplex
Championship game: May 31, 4:30 p.m. at UC San Diego

 

Division II
First Round
Thursday, May 22

(9) San Pasqual (5, (1) Eastlake 1
Eastlake drops to elimination bracket

(3) Mater Dei Catholic 9, (6) Southwest El Centro 1
Mater Dei Catholic (15-11) will play at (2) Patrick Henry (24-6) on Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.

Second round: May 24
Mater Dei defeats Patrick Henry, 11-9, advances to semifinals on May 29 against San Pasqual

Eastlake defeats Escondido in elimination bracket 4-1, advances to third round against Patrick Henry


Third round: May 27
Semifinals: May 29 at Santee Sportsplex
Championship game: May 31, 2 p.m. at UC San Diego

 

Division III
Play-in Round

Tuesday, May 20
(9) Serra 2,(8) Sweetwater 0
(9) Serra (13-12) plays at (1) Hilltop in Thursday's first round. Hilltop wins 11-6, advances to second round

(6) Chula Vista 17, at (11) Montgomery 14
Chula Vista (15-10) plays at (3) Vista (12-5) in Thursday's first round. Chula Vista drops to elimination bracket with 11-1 loss to Vista. Chula Vista is eliminated with 5-4 loss to San Dieguito Academy

First Round
Thursday, May 22

(1) Hilltop (18-9) will host (9) Serra (13-12), 3:30 p.m. Hilltop wins 11-6 to advance to second round

Second round: May 24
Horizon Christian defeats Hilltop 5-0, Hilltop drops to elimination bracket against San Dieguito Academy

Third round: May 27
Semifinals: May 29 at Poway Sportsplex
Championship game: May 31, 11:30 a.m. at UC San Diego

 

Division V
First Round
Wednesday, May 21

(1) Southwest 3, (8) Borrego Springs 1
Southwest (12-7) hosts (4) Foothills Christian (11-5) in Saturday's second round, 1 p.m. Southwest wins 19-5 to advance to third round

Third round: May 27, 3:30 p.m. (site of higher-seeded team)
Fourth round: May 29, 11 a.m. at Poway Sportsplex
Fifth round: May 29, 1:15p.m. at Poway Sportsplex (if necessary)
Championship game: May 30, 5:30 p.m. at UC San Diego

 

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