UPDATED TO SHOW FIRST-ROUND GAMES ARE ON FRI.-SAT., MAY 5-6
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Top-ranked Cypress College, which went through the regular season with a spotless 40-0 record, has been tabbed the top seed for the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Softball Championships, while the College of San Mateo has been selected the No. 1 seed in the Northern California Regional, it was asnnounced on Saturday morning.
Competition in the 36-team tournament begins on Tuesday with a pair of play-in games in the SoCal bracket, setting up full first-round action beginning on Friday, May 5. All eight first-round pairings will be best-of-three formats. The second game of each series is on Saturday afternoon with a third and deciding game, if necessary, to immediately follow.
All regional matchups are at the site of the higher seed.
Winners will move on the double-elimination Super Regionals, May 12-14, which will be held at two locations in both the north and the south. The four survivors then advance to the double-elimination CCAA Softball Championships in Bakersfield on May 19-21.
Cypress has gone a perfect 40-0 so far in 2017 and captured the Orange Empire Conference with a 21-0 mark. The Chargers, under head coach Brad Pickler who won his record 1,300th game last weekend, set a school record for most consecutive wins in a season.
They're followed by Mt. San Antonio College (35-3), El Camino (34-6), Palomar (26-11) and defending state champion Santiago Canyon (29-10) in the south's top five.
The College of San Mateo (31-6) returns as the top seed in the Northern California Regional after carrying that banner into the state championship tournament last year and finishing with a 42-5 mark. The Bulldogs have won seven of their past 10 games and will face 16th-seed Yuba (19-15) in the first round.
San Joaquin Delta (34-5) is the second seed and will host San Jose City (19-18), and is followed in the Northern California Regional's top five by Cosumnes River (30-8), Sierra (32-8) and Foothill (32-6).
CCCAA Softball Championships
No. 17 Grossmont (21-17) at No. 16 Ventura (18-12)
No. 11 Taft (25-12) at No. 6 Monterey Peninsula (29-8)