For the second straight season, the Capuchino High School softball team will play for the Central Coast Section Division III championship and look to break the school’s 13-year championship drought. Standing in Capuchino’s way Saturday at PAL Stadium in San Jose will be top-seeded Santa Catalina.
“The girls have that attitude,” Capuchino coach Todd Grammatico said.“They feel they have unfinished business.”
The Mustangs (22-6) came up short in the CCS Division III title game last year, falling 2-1 against Valley Christian (San Jose), but that championship experience should help this time around.
“We were nervous going in,” Grammatico said of the CCS title game last year. “It’s a little intimidating at first. I don’t think they’ll be intimidated at all [this year].”
Capuchino met Santa Catalina (22-3) earlier this season in the Charlie Miguel Tournament in San Jose, but was clobbered 7-1, being held to two hits.
“Last time we played them, their pitcher threw on the outside a lot,” Capuchino coach Todd Grammatico said. “[We were] not prepared at the time.”
Peninsula Athletic League Player of the Year Jamie Navarro went hitless against Santa Catalina.
The Mustangs fell behind 3-1 early, but came back to defeat perennial CCS power Notre Dame-Salinas in their semifinal game 7-3.
“When we got down 3-1, there was no quit in the kids,” Grammatico said. “They had no doubt we would come back.”
The Mustangs have started to hit the ball better recently and got multiple hits Wednesday from Jennifer Lewis, Jamie Navarro and Michele Pilster.
Capuchino struggled defensively again, committing two more errors against Notre Dame, but Grammatico said he was more bothered by his team’s mental errors than the physical ones.
Pilster will be the starting pitcher for Capuchino on Saturday.
The strong-hitting Santa Catalina team looks to claim its first CCS championship in its first trip to the title game.
WHAT: Central Coast Section Division III championship
WHEN: Saturday, 10 p.m.
WHERE: PAL Stadium, San Jose
LAST YEAR: Valley Christian (San Jose) defeated Capuchino 2-1 in the CCS D-III championship