Lady Mustangs softball
King City High School Mustangs softball team players for the 2024 season. (Ivan Garcia)

KING CITY — After a loss in the Central Coast Section (CCS) play-in game, the King City Mustangs’ hopes of getting into the softball playoffs were up to the CCS committee, which ultimately placed them into the CCS Division V playoff bracket.

After making the postseason for three years in a row, the Lady Mustangs’ playoff streak was on the line after losing 13-1 to North Salinas in the May 10 play-in game. After waiting all weekend to hear their name called, King City made the Division V playoff bracket and would play against Leigh High School in San Jose on May 18.

Last season King City lost to Leland 2-1 in the 2023 playoffs.

With the Lady Mustangs making another postseason run, they would have to do it as the lower seed and travel once again to San Jose. This is the second time in four years that King City had to travel to San Jose for the playoffs.

This year’s playoff run was short for the Lady Mustangs, as they lost 6-2 to Leigh. King City’s Raylie Moore hit a homerun during the game.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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