Softball Pairings: Chino Hills, Bishop Amat and St. Lucy’s all seeded for the Division 3 playoffs

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
The area’s top three high school softball teams were amongst the top four seeds when the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff pairings were released on Monday.

All wild card games are today and first-round games on Thursday. All games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m.

Chino Hills earned the top seed in D-3 after going undefeated in the Sierra League. The Huskies have been the top-ranked team nearly all season and will open first-round at home against the winner wild-card winner between Nordoff and La Salle.

St. Lucy’s, which finished second to Chino Hills in the Sierra League, earned the third seed.

The Regents are under the direction of new coach Laura Macias, who replaced Ryan Nuevman the final week of league play after Nuevman left for personal reasons.
Whatever the case, the Regents ended the season with back-to-back shutouts for Macias and will face the wild card winner between Lakewood St. Joseph and Righetti in the first round.

Bishop Amat capped an undefeated season in the Del Rey and is hoping to go a step further after getting blown out in last year’s semifinals to South Hills.
Bishop Amat was seeded fourth and will face the wild-card winner between Ayala and Lancaster. (To continue click thread).

CIF-Southern Section softball playoff pairings

Division 2
Tuesday’s wild card games

Arroyo at West Covina
Rialto at Diamond Bar
Thursday’s first round
Canyon Springs at Bonita
Carter at Los Altos

Division 3
Tuesday’s wild-card games

Lancaster at Ayala
Charter Oak at St. Paul
Thursday’s first round
La Salle-Nordoff winner at No. 1 Chino HIlls
Lancaster-Ayala winner at No. 4 Bishop Amat
Rigetti-St. Joseph winner at No. 3 St. Lucy’s

Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card games

San Marcos at Covina
Wilson at Hawthorne
Thursday’s first round
Loara at San Dimas
Northview at Ocean View

Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card games

Gladstone at Lompoc
Sierra Vista at West Valley
Magnolia at La Puente
Thursday’s first round
St. Monica-Marymount winner at Duarte
Arroyo at Nipomo
Ramona Convent-San Jacinto winner at South El Monte
Azusa at Godinez

“I’ll tell you what, no matter who you play, seeded or not seeded, it’s going to be tough,” Bishop Amat coach Jesse Mendez said. “Seeds don’t guarantee you anything, there are a lot of good teams out there.

“But our girls have that burn in their stomach of losing the way we did to South Hills. We’re a year older and more mature. Hopefully that means something when the playoffs start.”

Charter Oak finished fourth in the Sierra League but earned an at-large berth to face St. Paul in a wild card game. The winner gets Mission League champ Harvard-Westlake in the first round.

Hacienda League champion Los Altos and runner-up Bonita are both home in first-round games in the Division 2 playoffs.

Los Altos will host San Andreas League third-place entry Carter and Bonita will host Inland Valley league runner-up Canyon Springs.

In Division 2 wild cards, West Covina is home against Arroyo Valley and Diamond Bar is home against Rialto.

If West Covina wins, it will take on top-seed Mission Viejo. If Diamond Bar wins, it gets second-seed Camarillo.

Valle Vista League champion San Dimas will host Golden West third-place entry Loara in the first-round of the Division 4 playoffs, with the winner likely getting top-seed Aquinas.

Northview finished second to San Dimas to earn a first-round game at Golden West league runner-up Ocean View.

In Division 4 wild cards, Covina is hosting San Marcos and Wilson is visiting Hawthorne.
Undefeated Montview League champion Duarte was hoping for a seed in Division 5, but was not awarded one.

The Falcons hope to prove their doubters wrong in the first round against the wild-card winner between Marymount and St. Monica.

Mission Valley League champ South El Monte will host the wild-card winner between Ramona Convent and San Jacinto.

In other Division 5 first-round games, Arroyo is at Los Padres league champ Nipomo and Azusa is at Godinez.

In Division 5 wild cards, La Puente is home against Magnolia while Sierra Vista is at West Valley and Gladstone is at Lompoc.

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  • Billy Beane

    Good Luck to the Regents, Get a win one at a time, As long as you win the last game of the season!

  • Alicia

    Best wishes to the Seniors and good luck to the rest of the team during playoffs! FINISH STRONG!