Three of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division softball teams received first-round byes in the Central Coast Section playoffs which begin this week.
Carlmont (24-3), the No. 3 seed in Division I, won’t play until Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Scots will play the winner of No. 11 Los Gatos (13-14) and No. 6 Salinas (18-7). In Division II, Hillsdale (19-8) got the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye. The Knights will play either No. 11 St. Ignatius (15-12) or No. 6 Pioneer (15-11). Half Moon Bay (21-6) is the No. 2 seed in Division III and will play the winner of No. 10 Carmel (15-10) and No. 7 Scotts Valley (18-7).
There are four other local squads that will play first-round games. Woodside (22-4-1), the PAL’s Ocean Division champion, received the No. 9 seed in Division I and will face No. 8 North Salinas (15-11) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The winner gets the dubious task of taking on top seeded San Benito (22-3) in a quarterfinal game Saturday.
In other Division I action, Sequoia (14-10), the fourth-place finisher in the PAL’s Bay Division, received the No. 10 seed and will be on the road at No. 7 Santa Teresa (20-7). The winner faces No. 2 seed Leland (24-2).
In Division III, Menlo School (14-6), the West Bay Athletic League champion, got the No. 13 seed and will take on No. 4 and perennial CCS contender Notre Dame-Salinas (18-9) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The winner gets either No. 5 Seaside (17-5) or No. 12 Notre Dame-San Jose (12-12).
CCS’s other Notre Dame school, Notre Dame-Belmont (13-13), received the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Pacific Grove (17-10) at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The winner gets No. 1 Santa Catalina (24-2) in the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinal games in all divisions are Saturday at a time and place to be determined.