The second season
Now that the regular seasons are a wrap, seven area high school sports teams take to the postseason this week.
Both the Bear River and Nevada Union track and field teams are headed to UC-Davis today for the Sac-Joaquin Subsection meet preliminaries, which are set to start with field events at 3 p.m. followed by running events at 4 p.m.
Those advancing to Friday’s subsection finals will begin field events at 3 p.m. and running events at 6 p.m.
Also ahead this week is a full slate of diamond action Saturday, with five area teams ready to break out the bats in the SJS playoffs.
First up is Nevada Union’s Metro Conference champion softball team, which opens play at 10 a.m. against the Delta League’s third-ranked team at the Sacramento Softball Complex. Nevada Union (20-7-1), which wrapped up its first league title in school history with an 11-1 Metro mark, will square off with either the Sheldon Huskies (19-6-1 overall, 10-3 league) or the Folsom Bulldogs (16-8-1, 9-3).
Sheldon still had two home games remaining on its schedule this week, including a Tuesday matchup with Florin and a game against Foothill today. Folsom was to host Elk Grove Tuesday in its regular-season finale.
After closing out its schedule with a 14-2 win over Woodland Christian Tuesday, the Forest Lake Christian softball team enters the postseason as the Central Valley Christian League champions.
The Falcons (15-7, 8-1) have a first-round matchup at noon Saturday against Turlock Christian (13-8, 9-3) of the Mountain Valley League at the Lodi Softball Complex.
Nevada Union takes a three-game win streak – the longest for the Miners this season – into first round action at American River College.
The Miners (11-16, 11-7), who finished third in the Metro Conference, will face the Sheldon Huskies (17-10, 13-4), the Delta League’s top-seeded team, in a 1:15 p.m. game Saturday.
Pioneer Valley League co-champion Bear River (16-6, 10-2), which shared the league crown with West Campus, will meet the East Union Lancers (19-5, 11-2), which finished second in the Valley Oak League to Buhach Colony (25-2, 14-0).
The Bruins, winners of seven straight prior to a 5-2 loss to Oakmont in the season finale, will be facing an East Union team that had won 11 straight games entering its season finale. The two teams are slated to square off at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Park in a noon Saturday showdown.
Forest Lake Christian (17-6, 10-2), which finished second in Central Valley Christian League standings after winning six of its final seven games, will face the Southern League champion Central Catholic Raiders (21-2-1, 13-2) in a 6 p.m. game at Galt Community Park.
The Raiders closed the season with six straight wins, including a 6-2 win over Denair in their season finale May 12, and took 13 of their final 14 games of the regular season.
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