High School Sports

Section releases baseball and softball playoff brackets. Who are the top seeds?

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section released its baseball and softball brackets on Friday. Several local teams have home games and a few were given top seeds.

Softball playoffs begin Monday while baseball starts the following day. All games begin at 4 p.m. unless the teams alert the officials and the section and move the start time to 6:30 p.m.

The Central California Athletic League champion Turlock Bulldogs (21-6) are the No. 7 seed in Div. I and will host Lincoln (15-13). Senior pitcher Casey Carr has not allowed an earned run all season. In 35 1/3 innings pitcher, Carr has 49 strikeouts. Gregori (11-16-1), which beat Enochs twice in a row last week to clinch a playoff spot, will travel to face Lodi (23-5). Junior third baseman Jeff Hoffman has a .474 batting average with 35 RBIs.

Hughson (20-4-2) is the No. 3 seed in Div. V and will host Amador (12-9). Senior Brian Haslam has 33 RBIs and a .405 average.

Ripon Christian (17-6) is the No. 1 seed in Div. VI and will host Millennium (11-13). Junior Nolan Lignley has five home runs and 35 RBIs for the Knights.

On the softball side, the CCAL champion Enochs Eagles (19-4-1) will host Lodi (12-6) in Div. I. The Eagles had a team earned run average of 0.80 and senior Raquel Chaidez allowed only nine earned runs in 66 innings.

Oakdale (23-0-1) is the top seed in Div. III and will host Mira Loma (11-6-1). The Mustangs outscored opponents 199-21 in the regular season and had eight players with at least 10 RBIs. Ceres (19-5) is the No. 8 seed and could face the Mustangs with a win over Wood (12-7-2). Senior infielder Shania Evans has a .390 average with three home runs and 26 RBIs.

Ripon (20-2) is the top seed in Div. IV and has a first round bye. The Indians have 26 home runs this year with junior catcher Mackenzie Hutchinson leading the way with seven.

First Round Playoff Schedule

Softball (Monday)

Div. I

Turlock at Bear Creek

Gregori at Sheldon

Lodi at Enochs

Div. III

Mira Loma at Oakdale

Wood at Ceres

Beyer at East Union

Kimball at Patterson

Div. IV

Ripon (Bye)

Div. V

Amador at Escalon

Colfax at Waterford

Mariposa at Hilmar

Hughson at Linden

Div. VI

Rio Vista at Ripon Christian

Div. VII

Big Valley Christian at Vacaville Christian

Baseball (Tuesday)

Div. I

Gregori at Lodi

Pitman at Franklin

Lincoln at Turlock

Div. III

El Capitan at Oakdale

Ceres at Atwater

Beyer at Manteca

Div. IV

Ripon at Central Catholic

Div. V

Amador at Hughson

Orestimba at Argonaut

Div. VI

Millennium at Ripon Christian

Waterford at San Juan

Div. VII

Big Valley Christian at Valley Christian

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Julian A. Lopez has been covering local sports for The Modesto Bee since August 2018. He graduated from Arizona State in 2016 with a BA in Journalism.