Burlingame is no stranger to success.
That is especially true of its baseball team, which took the Central Coast Section Division II title a year ago.
The Panthers are back at it and, after winning the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title this season, have the 11th seed and will take on Saratoga in the CCS Division II playoffs on Thursday.
“I don’t think [that] we should have a nerve factor,” Burlingame coach Shawn Scott said about his team’s experience. “They know what to expect, know it’s not going to be a blowout.”
Burlingame (20-6) has won seven of its past eight games and has its goals set higher than just a league title.
“They set their goals for us,” Scott said. “They went for it.”
It helps Burlingame’s cause having Grant Goodman on the mound.
The junior right-hander has 1.34 ERA in 67 2/3 innings to go along with 83 strikeouts.
Déjà vu all over again
Carlmont came into last year’s Central Coast Section Division I playoffs an enormous underdog as the 16-seed against No. 1 St. Francis.
The result? The Scots won 4-3.
They now have to prove it wasn’t a fluke by taking on St. Francis again in the first round on this year’s CCS Division I playoffs.
Carlmont (14-11) has struggled to string together long winning streak and needs to find that rhythm if they hope to beat St. Francis this time around.
The Scots had won two straight heading into the CCS playoffs a year ago and come into this year’s postseason having lost their previous game to Menlo-Atherton.
Sophomore catcher Kyle Barret has steadied the pitching staff along with being the team’s best offensive threat.
Barret is hitting .395 with a team-best 18 RBIs and 13 extra-base hits.
Serra (28-12) has been on a roll after winning three straight to take the West Catholic Athletic League tournament title and comes into the Division I playoffs as the No. 10 seed against Wilcox.
The Padres, who have won nine of their past 10 games, are seeking redemption for their first-round exit from the CCS playoffs last season.
Four other PAL schools (Terra Nova, Woodside, Sequoia and M-A) also reached the CCS playoffs.
Sequoia (16-8-1), which finished tied atop the PAL Ocean Division, draws last year’s Division I runner-up San Benito (21-6).