The weekend for the Central Coast Section softball tournament might as well be called “Rematch Weekend.”
Seven Monterey County softball teams are in action with hopes of reaching the next week’s semifinals. Of the five games involving county teams, three are rematches.
Salinas heads north to Hawes Field in Redwood City to take on Carlmont, the team that ousted them last season.
Salinas was one-hit by Carlmont in a 2-0, in the semifinals of last year’s Division I tournament. The Cowboys got their lone hit during the first at-bat of the game.
The Cowboys are going for their third ever semifinal appearance. They’ve been on a scoring binge lately, although in Wednesday’s win over Los Altos, it took five innings before they scored.
Another rematch involves Santa Catalina, the top seed in the Division III tournament. The Cougars will square off with Pacific Grove in a noon contest at the Salinas Sports Complex.
Santa Catalina has won both matchups this season, as well as six previous encounters before that. Pacific Grove nearly rallied in the first matchup on April 9, as Santa Catalina prevailed 9-8. A month later, Tatumn Satow pitched a four-hitter in Santa Catalina’s 3-1 win.
In the third rematch of the weekend, North Salinas faces Hollister, the defending seven-time Division I champions.
The Vikings are going for their first win of the season against Hollister, which has won all three meetings, two being shutouts.
Hollister scored more than one run in divisional play just once this season. During its run of seven consecutive titles and 21 tournament wins in a row, the Haybalers have posted eight shutouts.
Also in action this weekend are Carmel, Seaside and Notre Dame.
Carmel heads to Hawes Field to face Half Moon Bay in a Division III semifinal. The Padres, riding the pitching craftiness of Brittany File, shut out Scotts Valley on Wednesday to advance.
Notre Dame, the veterans of postseason play, battles Seaside, a team that has been in the tournament just once since 2008. A slew of freshmen have powered the Spartans to not only their first division championship, but a first-round victory. Notre Dame is coming off a drubbing of Menlo.