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July 6, 2022

Softball | South Monterey County teams exit playoffs after opening round

SALINAS VALLEY — Early in the week when it was announced that three South Monterey County softball teams made it to the Central Coast Section playoffs, there was reason to celebrate as that has never happened before. But after their Saturday games, all three teams were eliminated.

King City Mustangs 

The most shocking result of the weekend was how the King City Mustangs got outplayed against the Soquel Knights.

The first time these ladies met was in the Monterey Peninsula Softball Invitational. In the first matchup, Soquel got off to an early 5-0 lead, but in typical King City fashion, they scored seven runs in an inning to help them win. 

This time, however, the Lady Knights dominated the Mustangs and held them to no runs. It’s the first time all season that King City didn’t score a run. Soquel won 14-0.

The Lady Mustangs finished the season 19-9 and were co-champs of the Cypress Division.

Greenfield Bruins

As the Santa Lucia Division champions, the Greenfield Bruins hosted Mercy in the first round of the CCS Division IV playoffs. 

Mercy proved to be too much for the Lady Bruins as they beat them 12-1, ending their season. 

The Lady Bruins finished the season 19-8 and were Santa Lucia champs for the first time in school history.

After becoming Santa Lucia Division champions, Greenfield’s softball season ended when they lost in the first round of the CCS playoffs against Mercy on May 21. (Jason Gallardo/Staff)

Gonzales Spartans 

One could make the case that Gonzales faced the hardest team this past weekend when they drew the No. 1 seed Carlmont.

The Lady Spartans were able to keep the game close after four innings, only down 4-1. But after that, Carlmont extend their lead to 7-2. 

Gonzales tried to stage a comeback, but they fell to Carlmont, 7-5.

This year’s Spartans team will go down in school history as the first softball team to make it to the CCS playoffs.

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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