Chaffey stunned in playoff opener

The Chaffey College baseball team headed into the playoffs for the eighth straight year in better position than it has ever been in before. The Panthers were seeded No. 2 and were taking on a No. 15 Southwestern squad which was third in its conference and had to win a play-in game on Tuesday just to get a chance to face the Panthers.

And Chaffey had won 17 of its previous 19 games so it had been playing well.

But it was the Jaguars pulling off the upset 8-5 in the opener of a best-of-three series at Chaffey. The Panthers didn’t play poorly but the visitors played slightly better.

Game two is at 11 a.m. today with a deciding game to follow if necessary.

So it’s gut-check time for the Panthers.Even in winning efforts they have made things look difficult this season. Now their backs are really to the wall.

There is something about not getting over the hump at this school. It has happened in a lot of sports. But in the case of softball, that team typically just gets in and draws a No. 1 seed so it isn’t supposed to win.

The men’s basketball team has had some tough first round foes though it got over the hump this year.

We’ll find out what the Panthers are made of today..