Postseason fever heats up at College of San Mateo 

click to enlarge Let the races begin: CSM will also host the NorCal track trials this weekend before hosting the finals next weekend. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Let the races begin: CSM will also host the NorCal track trials this weekend before hosting the finals next weekend.

The College of San Mateo will be busy this weekend as it plays host to three Northern California playoff competitions, highlighted by two league champions.

The CSM softball team (36-4) earned the second seed in the NorCal playoffs and begins a best-of-three series with No. 15 American River (Sacramento, 23-15) on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won the Coast Conference North championship, snapping Ohlone’s stranglehold on the league title, and had won 20 in a row before dropping their final contest.

Although that loss humbled the Bulldogs, it refocused the team on the larger task at hand.

“We have to make sure we play our very, very best,” CSM coach Nicole Borg said. “We know, we’ve seen them play and we know what they have and they know what we have. If it’s been working, why change it?”
Freshman pitcher Michele Pilster finished the regular season with a league-best 1.33 ERA to go along with her 26-3 record.

Pitching driving force behind baseball team: The CSM baseball team (27-9) claimed the Coast Conference Golden Gate Division championship, was awarded the second seed in the NorCal playoffs and will play host to the winner of the play-in game between No. 18 Los Medanos and No. 15 Cabrillo.

Clint Terry and Daniel Chavez have been blowing away the competition on the mound and are the two league leaders in ERA.

Terry has a staggering 0.73 ERA having only allowed five earned runs in 61²⁄³ innings.
Chavez has the league’s second-best ERA at 1.25 and has only allowed 62 baserunners in 72 innings.

The Bulldogs also hope Cody Zimmerman does what he has done all season and that is drive in runs. Zimmerman is second in the league with 29 RBIs to go along with his .330 average.

 

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