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September 25, 2023

Softball | Lady Mustangs vying for league title

KING CITY — As the season winds down for King City High’s softball team, the Lady Mustangs have found themselves tied for first place in the Cypress Division and could possibly win outright to earn their first league title in more than 30 years.

The last time King City won a softball title was back in 1990-91. Currently, the Lady Mustangs are tied with Pacific Grove for first place in the league with a 5-1 record.

The good news is that King City will have a chance to claim sole position of the Cypress Division on Thursday, when they face Pacific Grove for the first time at home. The Mustangs will then travel to Pacific Grove on May 6 for game two.

On paper, Pacific Grove is the only obstacle standing in the Mustangs’ way of claiming the league title. If King City sweeps their remaining games, they will become champions.

Even if they dropped their next game to Pacific Grove, there is still a path for the Mustangs to claim the league title. If King City comes up short against the Breakers, they would move into a tie with Gonzales (6-2), who they just lost to.

Now, assuming that they win the rest of their games — including game two against Pacific Grove — then the Lady Mustangs would become co-champs. On the last day of the regular season, Pacific Grove will travel to Gonzales, which would then determine who shares the league title with King City.

Earlier this year, Gonzales handed Pacific Grove their first league loss 4-1.

A sneaking game that might give the Lady Mustangs some trouble would be against Alisal. In that game, the Mustangs needed to score 10 runs to pull it out. In their first matchup, King City beat them 10-7.

Due to the fire at Taylor Farms’ Salinas facility, their game on April 14 was postponed. As of Monday, a makeup day is still to be determined.

Although the Lady Mustangs lost to Gonzales and opened up other lanes in the race for teams to try to take the lead, they can still control the outcome.

Jason Gallardo
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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