Capuchino, Soquel to play in CCS semifinals

No. 3 Soquel (20-8), fresh off an emotional victory against SCCAL rival San Lorenzo Valley on Saturday, will square off against No. 7 Capuchino (17-12) at 6 p.m. tonight at San Jose’s PAL Stadium in the CCS Division III semifinals.

Try not to buy too much into the Capuchino softball team’s overall record — which was 15-12 when the CCS Division III postseason started.

The Mustangs are part of the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division — an “A” league — and finished in third place with a 7-5 record behind Hillsdale and Carlmont (the top seed in Division I).

Furthermore, and most important, Capuchino is the defending DIII champs, edging Santa Catalina last year by one run. The program is 37-9 all-time in the CCS postseason.

The Mustangs are on a bit of a roll, too. Not only did they defeat Carlmont in the regular-season finale, but they upset No. 2 Prospect in the quarterfinal round. In that game, Capuchino batters struck out 15 times, yet still were able to post enough runs en route to a 3-1 victory.

Capuchino pitcher Gabby Tudury went the distance in that game, striking out 8.

Soquel is in the CCS semifinals for a second straight season, although, surprisingly, has never reached the CCS championship. In fact, only five teams from Santa Cruz County have played in a softball final — Watsonville twice, MVC twice, SLV once. The county remains without a CCS championship, however.

It’s already been a banner season for the female athletes at Soquel High. A CCS volleyball title in the fall, a CCS basketball title in the winter.

The softball team has already reached a point where one could discuss this collection of female athletes as one of the best ever in the county. Two more wins for the Knights, and there perhaps wouldn’t be a discussion.

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