Today is the final day of softball in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League, and there’s still a lot of moving to be done.
What we know: San Lorenzo Valley has already wrapped up at least a share of the SCCAL title. The Cougars accomplished as much on Tuesday by defeating Harbor 6-2 to finish with a 10-2 record. It’s SLVs third title in the last four years.
Now, the SCCAL title could be all SLVs to enjoy, or it could be a two-way title or even a three-way title — that all depends on what Soquel and Santa Cruz do today.
Soquel will host Aptos today, while Santa Cruz visits St. Francis. A win for either Soquel or Santa Cruz would give them 10 wins and a share of the SCCAL title with SLV.
For Soquel, it would be a repeat performance. The Knights won it last year with Aptos.
For Santa Cruz, it’d be the Cardinals’ first since 1987-88, according to mbaypreps.com.
Of course, a loss for either team would eliminate them for being included in the SCCAL title discussion.
If everything pans out as expected — both Soquel and Santa Cruz defeated their respective opponents earlier this season — we’d have a three-way title.
Where it gets interesting is when discussing playoff seedings in the Central Coast Section. The SCCAL only receives two automatic playoff bids, meaning one of the league champions (if it is a three-way title) would have to apply as an at-large team.
I’ll bring that up on Friday, once the SCCAL standings are finalized.