They say there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. There is a third and, while it’s not automatic, it’s nearly so: that the Carlmont softball team will win at least 20 games and win the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship. The Scots have won 20 or more games in nine of the last 11 years, including this season and, with a win over Half Moon Bay Thursday, will have won the same amount of Bay Division titles in the same time frame.
Despite all that, the Scots — one of the premiere programs in the Central Coast Section — have yet to win a CCS title since 2004.
In fact, Carlmont has only been to the finals twice since their seventh — and last CCS title — 11 years ago.
A lot of Carlmont’s CCS struggles, however, have come as other teams have stepped up their game, most notably San Benito, which has won eight straight CCS Division I titles, dating back to 2006 — beating Carlmont twice in the championship game, in 2007 and 2012 .
All that being said, the Scots seem to simply reload year after year. Once again, they have a shot at winning it all this season. They are ranked fourth in CCS in team batting average among all CCS teams that report their stats to Maxpreps.com. They are seventh in wins and pitcher Rebecca Faulkner, with a 13-1 record, has the best win-loss percentage in CCS.
At this point, I guess the question is: how is San Benito doing this season? Well, the Haybalers are 17-3-1 overall and have a one-game lead in the Monterey Bay Athletic League’s Gabilan Division. Expect the Haybalers to have a say in who wins the CCS Division crown this season regardless of their record. As eight-time defending champion, you can’t expect them to go away quietly.
So, is this the year the Scots finally get back in the winner’s circle?
“Hopefully,” Faulkner said following her team’s 12-0 win over Capuchino last week.
Sabrina Miller, a senior softball player at Mercy-Burlingame, signed a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame de Namur University next season.
Miller leads the 9-12 Crusaders (4-2 in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division) in nearly every offensive category. She is first in batting average at .476, first in RBIs with 30, first in extra-base hits with 11. She is tied for the team lead in runs scored with Erin Dougherty with 18 and is second in hits with 30, two behind Dougherty.
Miller has played on the travel ball circuit since she was 11 and has been the starting center fielder for both the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Sting.
The Sequoia baseball team will be hosting its third annual SEQ Baseball Golf Tournament at Shoreline Golf Links May 31. Cost is $150 per golfer or $550 per foursome.
The cost includes greens fees, a cart, full banquet dinner, welcome packs, prizes and raffles. All proceeds benefit the Sequoia baseball program.
Hillsdale is looking for a girls’ varsity basketball coach for the 2014-15 season. Those interested can complete an application on www.edjoin.org or contact Hillsdale athletic director Brett Stevenson at email@example.com.
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