CCS baseball: Paly nabs top seed, prompting debate

Ryan Sambel and his Serra teammates have been seeded No. 4 in the CCS playoffs.

Ryan Sambel and his Serra teammates have been seeded No. 4 in the CCS playoffs.

By John Murphy

The Central Coast Section baseball playoff seedings came out Sunday and at least one coach wasn’t that enthused by the process.

“I think the overall format needs to be adjusted,” said Craig Giannino whose Serra High team finished 24-5-1 and won a WCAL co-title and league playoff title but was only seeded fourth. “I think they have to look at teams not playing the toughest schedules being rewarded. Our team is excited to play (in the playoffs) but from the outside looking in, I don’t think anyone understands this system or gets it. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Sequoia coach Corey Uhalde, whose team is seeded No. 7 in Division I, was more forgiving.

“It’s an objective way of looking at things and hopefully it will shake out the right way,” Uhalde said of the process. “I know the WCAL is a good level of play but they’re an A league like a lot of other leagues. In the Open Division you have 16 good teams and anyone can beat anyone else on a given day which we’ve seen in the past. I don’t want to say anyone is right or wrong (on the issue).”

No. 1 Open seed Palo Alto has its own problems. Yeah, it’s top dog as far as seedings, but must play a formidable team in Valley Christian of the WCAL in its opener. The Warriors are only the No. 16 seed.

In other opening-round Open games involving top seeds, No. 3 Santa Teresa will host No. 14 Terra Nova, No. 2 Palma will host No. 15 Archbishop Mitty and No. 5 St. Francis will host St. Francis CCC of Watsonville, the program that knocked off Mitty last season.
Giannino said he does not make up his schedule with seedings in mind.

“At the end of the day our kids know who played the best possible schedule and that it’s about competing year in and year out and not about points,” said Giannino, whose team beat St. Francis in two of three games this season and downed Palo Alto as well (though not in one of its final 22 games which are the games that are counted for seeding purposes).
In Division I, Leland is seeded No. 1 and will host No. 16 Oak Grove on Wednesday.
The D-II top seed is Carmel which will host No. 16 St. Lawrence, also on Wednesday.

All second-round games in all divisions are Saturday.


Games are at 4 p.m. Wednesday 

11 Bellarmine at 6 Westmont, 14 Terra Nova at 3 Santa Teresa, 10 Los Gatos at 7 San Benito, 15 Archbishop Mitty at 2 Palma, 12 St. Francis CCC at St. Francis, 13 San Lorenzo Valley at 4 Serra, 9 Carlmont at 8 North Salinas, 16 Valley Christiain at 1 Palo Alto.
11 Milpitas at 6 Christopher, 14 Gilroy at 3 Los Altos, 10 Leigh at 7 Sequoia, 15 Mountain View at 2 Willow Glen, 12 San Mateo at 18 Monta Vista, 13 Lincoln at 4 Wilcox, 9 Branham at 8 Woodside, 16. Oak Grove at 1 Leland.
11 Pacific Grove at 6 Sacred Heart Cathedral, 14 Soquel at 3 Menlo, 10 King’s Academy at 7 Burlingame, 15 Capuchino at 2 Aptos, 12 Soledad at 5 Hillsdale, 13 Monterey at 4 Sacred Heart Prep, 9 Monte Vista Christian at 8 Gunderson, 16 St. Lawrence at 1 Carmel.

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