It took a bit of time for the Gridley High School baseball team to get untracked against some pretty good Yreka pitching in its CIF Northern Section Division 3 playoff opener at home on Tuesday.
But when that happened, the Bulldogs were able to cruise to a 9-1 win.
With the victory, the No. 1 Bulldogs (24-3-1) advanced to the section semifinals. They will host No. 4 Corning Friday afternoon in a doubleheader.
The Cardinals (11-9) punched their ticket for the semifinals with a 7-6 win over No. 5 Orland Tuesday afternoon.
The two teams have met previously this season, with Gridley eking out a 2-1 win over the Cardinals April 20.
The semifinals are a best-of-three proposition. If Gridley is able to sweep both games at Gridley on Friday, the Bulldogs take the series and move on to the May 19 championship game.
If Corning is able to earn a split, there would be a Game 3 early next week at Corning.
Tuesday afternoon at Gridley, it was pitching by committee: Kellen Brothers, Lance Santerre, Jace Villapania and Ty Cota combined on the victory, with Santerre getting credit for the “W.”
Santerre helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Tristan Platter was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Brian Wilkerson went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Meanwhile, Biggs heard about its own playoff plans. The Wolverines earned the No. 4 seed in NSCIF Division 5 and host No. 5 Fall River on Friday at 4 p.m.
The Biggs softball team is currently 22-4 and was scheduled to wrap up the 2018 regular season Thursday afternoon at home with a nonleague game against Hamilton.