The baseball team from San Bernardino Valley College and the softball team from Chaffey College are playoff-bound. The draw for both was announced on Sunday and each has a tough challenge ahead.
The No. 14 Wolverines (21-14-1) will challenge No. 3 Santa Ana (29-7), with their best-of-three series starting with a single game on Saturday. Game two will be on Sunday with the if necessary game to follow if the teams split the first two.
SBVC had to win three games last week against an improved Antelope Valley and it did just that, with two of those three coming on the road. That helped the Wolverines tie Chaffey for second place behind Rio Hondo which ran the table. SBVC got the nod ahead of Chaffey because it beat the Panthers head-to-head in their series.
Meanwhile the Chaffey softball team tied College of the Desert for first place. The Panthers (27-9) got the No. 15 seed and will travel to No. 2 Cypress (36-4) for games on Saturday and Sunday as well. COG got a No. 9 seed but it boasted a better overall record and a higher RPI.
The Panthers have traditionally gotten in the playoffs as a second-place team but always get a 1 or 2 seed and proceed to get mercy ruled in two games. But this is one of the school’s best teams and it shouldn’t be so easily dismissed.
Here are the other matchups. The highest seeded team will host:
No. 1 College of the Canyons (37-2-1) vs. No. 16 Santa Barbara (23-15)
No. 8 Bakersfield (27-13) vs. No. 9 Desert (32-4)
No. 4. Mt. San Antonio (33-7) vs. No. 12 Santa Ana (26-14)
No. 5 Riverside (28-11) vs. No. 13 Citrus (24-15)
No. 3 Cerritos (29-8) vs. No. 14 Southwestern (25-12)
No. 6 Saddleback (27-10) vs. No. 11 San Diego Mesa (27-8)
No. 7 Ventura (32-7) vs. No. 10 Glendale (27-13)
No. 2 Cypress (36-4) vs. No. 15 Chaffey (27-9)
No. 16. LA Valley (19-17) vs. No. 17 Bakersfield (25-11)
No. 15 Santa Barbara (19-17) vs. No. 18 Canyons (20-15-1)
No. 1 Orange Coast (31-4-1) vs. LA Valley-Bakersfield winner
No. 8 Southwestern (21-1-4-1) vs. No. 9 El Camino (27-9)
No. 5 Glendale (25-10) vs. No. 12 San Diego Mesa (20-15)
No. 4 Mt. San Antonio (28-8) vs. No. 13 Golden West (18-17-1)
No. 3 Santa Ana (29-7) vs. San Bernardino Valley (21-14-1)
No. 6 Cuesta (23-13) vs. No. 11 Cypress (22-14)
No. 7 East LA (21-15) vs. No. 10 Riverside (18-18)
No. 2 Rio Hondo (33-3) vs. Santa Barbara-Canyons winner.