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CCS baseball playoffs 2024: The matchups are set. Here’s what to know


Valley Christian High's Quinten Marsh (24) throws against Serra High during their WCAL championship game at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

MEET THE TOP TEAM: VALLEY CHRISTIAN

Valley Christian finished the regular season on top of the West Catholic Athletic League, beating Serra in the WCAL tournament championship on Friday and the teams tied for first place in league play. The San Jose school was awarded the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division I bracket. Valley has won four of the past five titles in the CCS’s top division. The Warriors, who stayed in the top 5 of the Bay Area News Group rankings all season, will bring a 26-4 into their playoff opener at home on Saturday against eighth-seeded St. Francis. Valley’s resume includes wins over Cardinal Newman, Elk Grove, Palo Alto, Jesuit,  Leigh and Sera. Kole Laubach, Quinten Marsh and Rohan Kasanagottu lead a talented pitching staff that has a 1.36 ERA. The Warriors hit for contact and power. Senior Tatum Marsh leads the team in home runs (six) and batting average (.365). Hunter Fujimoto, Nathan Choi and Brock Ketelsen also make contribute to an offense that averages more than five runs per game.

Valley Christian High’s Quinten Marsh (24) throws against Serra High during their WCAL championship game at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 
TOP STORYLINES

Serra poses the biggest threat to dethrone Valley Christian. The Padres beat the Warriors 9-0 in April and finished the regular season 22-6. Senior infielder Jake Downing and catcher Ian Armstrong are Serra’s best offensive players, combining for nine home runs and 56 RBIs. The San Mateo school, which was given the No. 2 seed in Division I, will face St. Ignatius at home Saturday. The teams split the season series. … Leigh captured the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division title and is 17-9. The Longhorns were given the No. 1 seed in Division II and will play Menlo-Atherton (12-11) in their first-round matchup on Saturday. Junior Brandon Kim leads Leigh in batting average (.453) and runs (24). … Christopher has gotten hot at the right time. The Gilroy school won six of its last seven games and was awarded the No. 2 seed in Division III. …The Division VI bracket could turn out to be the most competitive. Six of the eight teams have fewer than six losses. Menlo (18-9) took the top seed while No. 3 Lincoln (21-4), No. 4 South San Francisco (21-5) and No. 7 Thomas More (18-6) rounded out the rest of the field.

Serra High’s Jake Downing (2) reacts after striking out against Valley Christian High during their WCAL championship game at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 9, 2024. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 
Leigh’s Lance Takamura (7) pitches against Westmont at Westmont High School in Campbell, Calif., on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. (Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group) 
WHO CAN MAKE A SUPRISE RUN?

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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