Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area
There is nothing quite like the playoffs in any sport. The stakes are higher and the athletes know that every game is a must win so you can expect them to take their level of play to the next level.
This week I was on the softball field for an exciting game between league foes Concord and Clayton Valley. It was the first game of the home and home series between the two teams with both coming into this one tied for first in the Diablo Valley Athletic League with identical 8-0 records. If either team wanted to take the title outright they would have to sweep the series.
Clayton Valley came out hot. In the bottom of the first Jacee Almond hit one deep into right rolling all the way to the fence for a standup triple. She would score the first run of the game after an illegal pitch by Concord. A few batters later Rachel Siver would add to the lead with and RBI single making it a two run Eagle advantage.
It wasn't until the third inning when Concord finally came alive. Senior Adrianna Ross stepped to the plate and knocked one into center field for an RBI single of her own to cut the deficit to one. Kelly Drake would tie it up at two apiece after she sent a rocket to deep left field for an RBI double.
The Concord lead was short-lived as CV's Shannon Mestas came to the plate in the fourth and knocked one to deep right field for a run scoring stand-up triple, giving her squad the 3-2 lead.
But that would be the last time the Eagles would have the lead as Concord's Kelsey Randall came up clutch in the sixth and brought in two runs to give her team the 4-3 lead and ultimately the win.
In the second game of the home and home series the Eagles bounced back and won the game 7-2. As a result of the split series the two teams were named the co-champions of the Diablo Valley Athletic League.
The two teams now head into the postseason looking to add to their trophy cases just like many other squads all over the Bay Area. Good luck to all of the teams competing!