It’s on to the CIF Northern Section Division 3 playoffs for the Gridley High School baseball team.
And on to those playoffs with a bang.
The Bulldogs completed a season sweep of BVL rival Sutter last Thursday afternoon at Sutter, nipping the Huskies, 1-0 to win the BVL championship outright on the road.
With the win, Gridley finished the 2018 regular season at 23-1-3. The Bulldogs also wrapped up the top seed in the section.
Many of the recent matchups between the two teams have been classics – and last Thursday’s game at Sutter will fit nicely into that category.
Gridley got the only run it needed in the top of the sixth.
Junior hurler Lance Santerre pitched a complete-game gem for Gridley, striking out four and surrendering just two hits. Gridley collected five hits on the afternoon. Triston Platten was 2-for-3 and scored the winning run.
Gridley coach Dan Crabtree said his team is hitting on all cylinders as the playoffs open.
“We’re getting good pitching, good defense and timely hitting,” Crabtree said.
Gridley was slated to open the CIF Northern Section playoffs Tuesday afternoon at home against No. 8 Yreka.
If the Bulldogs were to win that game, a second-round doubleheader against the winner of another first-round matchup between No. 4 Corning and No. 5 Orland awaits at Gridley on Friday afternoon.
Biggs, meanwhile, wrapped up its regular season Monday on the road at Maxwell with a 7-1 win. With the victory, the Wolverines finished the regular season at 14-5. Hunter Roles picked up his fifth win of the season on the mound.
Biggs also qualified for the playoffs in Division 5, which start this Friday. The schedule was unavailable at press time. As of April 30, the Wolverines were seeded third in the section.
The Wolverines’ softball team also won at Maxwell, 13-6. The Wolverines finish the 2018 regular season at 22-4 and also qualified for the Division 5 playoffs. As of Monday, they were ranked third in the section.