The baseball and softball teams at Stockdale High, both Southwest Yosemite League champions, were rewarded with No. 4 seeds in the Central Section Division I playoffs when brackets were released Saturday in Porterville.
The Mustangs' softball team went 14-1 in league but was seeded behind No. 1 Visalia-El Diamante, No. 2 Clovis West and No. 3 Fresno-Bullard. Stockdale, the 2010 section champion, opens with a first-round game against Porterville-Monache at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A game with El Diamante, which beat the Mustangs for the 2011 title, could come in the semifinals.
Frontier is seeded No. 6 in the D-I softball bracket, with Centennial at No. 9. The Titans play No. 11 Clovis-Buchanan at home, and Centennial travels to No. 8 Clovis. All first-round games are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
In baseball, the top three seeds are Clovis-Buchanan, Clovis North and Clovis, all teams from the Tri-River Athletic Conference. Stockdale opens with No. 13 Clovis East. Centennial, which shared the SWYL title with Stockdale, got the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 North. Liberty is the No. 8 seed and also has a first-round home game, against No. 9 El Diamante.
Frontier, just two games behind Stockdale and Centennial in the league standings -- but finished in fourth place -- dropped to the No. 10 seed. The Titans travel to No. 7 Clovis West in the first round. First-round baseball games are 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Garces, the defending champ, is the top seed in D-III baseball, followed by Visalia-Golden West, Sanger, Fresno-Hoover and Independence. In D-IV, Kerman is No. 1, followed by Fowler, South Sequoia League champ Bakersfield Christian, Selma and Taft.
In softball, Garces and Ridgeview weren't given great rewards in the Division II bracket for their unbeaten league seasons. The Rams are seeded fourth and have a bye until they face No. 5 Tulare Western in Thursday's quarterfinals. Ridgeview is No. 8 and opens at home against No. 9 East, with the winner traveling to No. 1 Sanger.
Taft softball also went unbeaten in league, and the Wildcats, runners up a year ago, are seeded No. 2 in Division IV behind Liberty-Madera Ranchos.