Softball playoff brackets released: Fall River, CV, Redding Christian each a top two seed

The release of the Northern Section softball playoff brackets on Saturday means three Shasta County schools were awarded either the top seed or the No. 2 seed in their respective divisions.

Fall River was awarded the No. 1 seed in Division VI after going 14-10 during the regular season with a 6-4 record — a third-place finish in the Shasta Cascade League. But the Bulldogs were on top for the playoff point formula, which takes into account overall record, division record and finish, and strength of schedule. Fall River had a perfect record against division foes and the top strength of schedule.

Redding Christian is on the opposite side of the bracket as the No. 2 seed in D-VI despite winning a share of the Five-Star League with a 6-2 mark and a 9-3 overall record.

The first round and quarterfinal games are Tuesday, semifinals Thursday and the Northern Section championship Saturday.

The rest of the D-VI bracket has No. 10 Burney playing a first-round game against Maxwell at Redding Christian on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the winner facing Redding Christian at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals the same day. The winner of that quarterfinal matches up with the winner of No. 6 Mercy at No. 3 Loyalton. In the top half of the bracket, No. 9 Chester plays No. 8 Big Valley with the winner playing at No. 1 Fall River Tuesday at 4 p.m. The other quarterfinal is No. 5 Tulelake at No. 4 Greenville.

Central Valley, the outright Northern Athletic League champion, went 16-5-1 with a 13-2 mark in NAL play to be awarded the No. 2 seed behind No. 1 Sutter. The Falcons lost the only meeting this year between the two, a 12-2 defeat on March 22. Sutter was ranked No. 1 in the playoff point formula from the best overall and division record as well as strength of schedule.

The rest of the D-IV bracket is No. 8 West Valley facing No. 9 Orland at Sutter Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the winner taking on the top seed. The other quarterfinal in the top half of the bracket is No. 5 Lassen at No. 4 Willows. CV awaits the winner of Tuesday’s 2 p.m. first-round matchup of No. 10 Wheatland and No. 7 Colusa. The other quarterfinal is No. 6 Yreka at No. 3 Corning.

In Division II-III, Enterprise is the lone Shasta County team to make the playoffs as the No. 5 seed. The Hornets play No. 4 Las Plumas Thunderbirds Tuesday at  4 p.m. with the winner going to No. 1 Chico in Thursday’s semifinals. The other semifinal is No. 3 Red Bluff at No. 2 Pleasant Valley. Enterprise is 12-8 on the year.

Division V doesn’t feature any Shasta County teams with East Nicolaus getting the top seed and hosting the winner of No. 5 Hamilton at No. 4 Quincy in the semifinals. Sixth-seeded Modoc goes to No. 3 Etna with the winner facing No. 2 Biggs in the semifinals.