Cypress, College of San Mateo earn top seeds for softball regionals

Cypress College softball
Cypress College softball

Regional brackets: Northern CaliforniaSouthern California


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Top-ranked Cypress College, which went through the regular season with a spotless 40-0 record, has been tabbed the top seed for the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Softball Championships, while the College of San Mateo has been selected the No. 1 seed in the Northern California Regional, it was asnnounced on Saturday morning. 

Competition in the 36-team tournament begins on Tuesday with a pair of play-in games in the SoCal bracket, setting up full first-round action beginning on Friday, May 5. All eight first-round pairings will be best-of-three formats. The second game of each series is on Saturday afternoon with a third and deciding game, if necessary, to immediately follow.

All regional matchups are at the site of the higher seed.

Winners will move on the double-elimination Super Regionals, May 12-14, which will be held at two locations in both the north and the south. The four survivors then advance to the double-elimination CCAA Softball Championships in Bakersfield on May 19-21.

Cypress has gone a perfect 40-0 so far in 2017 and captured the Orange Empire Conference with a 21-0 mark. The Chargers, under head coach Brad Pickler who won his record 1,300th game last weekend, set a school record for most consecutive wins in a season. 

They're followed by Mt. San Antonio College (35-3), El Camino (34-6), Palomar (26-11) and defending state champion Santiago Canyon (29-10) in the south's top five.

The College of San Mateo (31-6) returns as the top seed in the Northern California Regional after carrying that banner into the state championship tournament last year and finishing with a 42-5 mark. The Bulldogs have won seven of their past 10 games and will face 16th-seed Yuba (19-15) in the first round.

San Joaquin Delta (34-5) is the second seed and will host San Jose City (19-18), and is followed in the Northern California Regional's top five by Cosumnes River (30-8), Sierra (32-8) and Foothill (32-6).

Santiago Canyon battled back after losing its opener at the state championship tournament to win three straight games, including two over runner-up Sacramento City, and win the CCCAA title.

CCCAA Softball Championships
Regional Pairings

Play-in Games
May 2
No. 17 Grossmont (21-17) at No. 16 Ventura (18-12)
No. 18 Allan Hancock (27-13) at No. 15 Fullerton (19-21)  
First Round
May 5-6 (Friday-Saturday)
Southern California
Lowest remaining seed at No. 1 Cypress (40-0)
No. 9 College of the Canyons (28-11) at No. 8 Southwestern (27-10)
No. 13 Pasadena (25-13) at No. 4 Palomar (26-11)
No. 12 Long Beach City (23-17) at No. 5 Santiago Canyon (29-10)
No. 14 Riverside City (18-20) at No. 3 El Camino (34-6)
No. 11 Santa Ana (24-15) at No. 6 Antelope Valley (33-5)
No. 10 Citrus (24-14) at No. 7 Cerritos (26-13)
Highest remaining seed at (2) Mt. San Antonio (35-3)

Northern California
No. 16 Yuba (19-15) at No. 1 College of San Mateo (31-6)
No. 9 Hartnell (26-10) at No. 8 Diablo Valley (22-14)
No. 13 College of the Siskiyous (20-20) at No. 4 Sierra (32-8)
No. 12 Sacramento City (23-13) at No. 5 Foothill (32-6)
No. 14 Butte (21-19) at No. 3 Cosumnes River (30-8)
No. 11 Taft (25-12) at No. 6 Monterey Peninsula (29-8)
No. 10 College of the Sequoias (25-13) at No. 7 Ohlone (25-13)
No. 15 San Jose City (19-18) at No. 2 San Joaquin Delta

Super Regionals

Home sites
May 12-14

CCCAA State Championships
Bakersfield, Calif. 
May 19-21