I’m wondering about the Santa Cruz softball team’s chances at qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs. Seems like a stupid thing to consider since they’re league champions and all.
But I’m pretty sure Santa Cruz will come out on the short end of the tiebreaker in the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League.
The Cardinals earned a share of the SCCAL title on Thursday when they defeated St. Francis. It’s the first league title for Santa Cruz since 1988, according to mbaypreps.com.
But they will share the title with both Soquel and SLV, each of whom finished with 10-2 records. In the SCCAL, that’s a 3-way co-championship.
But league bylaws also break down the tiebreakers for deciding the automatic playoff berths, of which the SCCAL only receives two. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, which doesn’t apply since Soquel, SLV and Santa Cruz each went 2-2 against one another.
The next criteria is CCS power points. And although I have no idea what the power points will show in the end, I’d imagine Santa Cruz would come in behind Soquel and SLV since it was 10-11 overall this season.
By comparison, Soquel was 18-8 and SLV was 20-4 during the season.
If that is the case, if Santa Cruz is positioned third among the SCCAL league champions because of power points, then Soquel and SLV would receive the two automatic playoff berths and Santa Cruz would have to apply to CCS as an at-large team — even though it won a league title.
If that sounds stupid, well, it’s because it is.
And this is where it could be interesting. Again, I have no idea how it will all shake out and where everyone will stand once the power points of each team are laid out on the table. But SLV narrowly made it in last season as an at-large team, and they went 16-11 overall.
Santa Cruz does get extra points for being a league champion, but will it be enough? I hope so.
The CCS seeding meeting is today, Saturday.