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June 29, 2022

Softball | Greenfield Bruins earn CCS playoff spot

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Bruins’ softball season isn’t over yet, as they are the fourth seed in the Central Coast Section Division IV playoffs.

When the Lady Bruins lost to Monterey in the CCS play-in game, it wasn’t a sure thing that they wouldn’t make it in. Although they were Santa Lucia Division champs with a 19-6 record, the Bruins’ strength of schedule would be in question.

Not only did Greenfield make the playoffs, but they also got the fourth seed in the Division IV bracket that would allow them to host a playoff game.

The Lady Bruins will play fifth seed Mercy High from Burlingame on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at Greenfield High School.

It’s been a magical run for Greenfield’s girl sports programs this year as they have won three titles: basketball, volleyball and softball. Both volleyball and basketball teams made it to the playoffs, but they lost in the first round.

The way for this year’s softball team to separate itself is to advance into the second round.


Mercy Crusaders

What We Know: This year Mercy (15-5) finished in second place in the West Bay Foothill League. They are batting 350 as a team, and the ERA of just under 3.

Players to Watch: Ariana Montiel is batting 500 and leads the team in hits.

Greenfield Bruins

What We Know: During league play, Greenfield was able to jump on their opponents early and let their pitching take care of business. Their pitching was also strong, only giving up 15 runs in league play.

Players to Watch: If you look closely at all the successes the Lady Bruins’ female athletes have had, Linda Ornelas has been at the center of all those teams. She has been a superstar this year, pitching a no-hitter, and is second on the team in hits. Andrea Parker leads Greenfield in every single offense category and leads the Pacific Coast Athletic League in hits.

Final Thoughts and Prediction: Regardless of the results on Saturday, the Lady Bruins have made history, and for a player like Ornelas, you want to see her finish her Bruins career with a win. But just based on resumes, it’s hard to pick the Lady Bruins just because of the lack of a marquee win that is noticeable. Lady Bruins’ season comes to an end, 9-2.

Jason Gallardo
Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.

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