June 12, 2018 > Softball: Mariners capture Division III title
Softball: Mariners capture Division III title
Submitted By Moreau Catholic Athletics
On the last day of North Coast Section (NCS) competition at 9:30 p.m., the Moreau Catholic Mariners (Hayward) became Division 3 champions by defeating the Marin Catholic Wildcats 8-6. This marks the second NCS title in Christine Krisman's coaching career which includes five trips to the semi-final game and three trips to the championship game.
The Mariners were undefeated in the preseason with wins over San Rafael, San Ramon, and Cardinal Newman. They played in the challenging Livermore Stampede Tournament and, due to rainouts, had the most challenging schedule playing all three ÒpoolÓ games on one day: 8:00 a.m. vs Cal High, 11:30 a.m. vs Alhambra and 8:00 p.m. vs Freedom. Despite going 0-5 in the tournament, this served to prepare the team for league and NCS playoff competition.
They defeated both James Logan (Union City) and American (Fremont) in the second half of league play after losing to them in the first round and ended up in fourth place. The NCS committee recognized the Mariners as a very talented team and rewarded them with the #2 seed in Division 3.Ê A bye in the first round set up a game against the #7 seed, Pinole Valley. Moreau was up to the challenge, shutting them out in a five-inning run rule 11-0. Next, they faced #6 seed, Terra Linda, and defeated them 11-2 to set up the Championship match-up with Marin Catholic.
The Mariners came out strong, scoring two runs in the second inning and three in the third inning to build a 5-0 lead, but Marin scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to keep the game close.ÊAnswering with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Mariners took a 7-3 lead into the seventh inning. They scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, but Marin Catholic made a run with two outs when the #3 hitter blasted a home run to pull within two runs. The final out was recorded with a fly ball to right field, and Moreau took the title, 14 years after the title they won in 2004.