The Patterson High playoff picture is becoming clearer by the day.
Here’s a guide to help make sense of it all:
The Western Athletic Conference champion Patterson High softball team opens the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs against the Mother Lode League’s No. 3 seed Argonaut, May 13 at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.
The game begins at 5 p.m.
The Tigers (20-3 overall, 13-0 WAC) have won 18 straight, including the dismantling of second-place Hilmar on Wednesday, 13-0, to seal the WAC title.
Patterson has outscored WAC opponents 50-2 since returning from the Spring Break.
Pitcher Mandy Sifuentes leads the Tigers into battle with a record of 17-1. The senior ace also leads the WAC in ERA (0.51) and is second in strikeouts (169).
Kianna Weinzheimer bolsters the Tigers offensive, boasting a .500 batting average, with four homeruns and 23 RBIs.
Argonaut (16-11, 8-7 MLL) closed the 2009 campaign, winning six of its last eight games.
Freshman pitcher Christina Corsaletti heads the Mustang rotation. She is third in the MLL with 12 wins, and touts a 1.97 ERA with 153 strikeouts.
Argonaut is a legitimate threat on the base paths. Three Mustang players rank in the top 5 among the MLL’s stolen base leaders, each with double-digit steals.
Junior Cassie Curran leads the team with 19 RBIs.
The WAC’s second-seed Tigers don’t know who they’ll face in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
Hughson and Ripon are currently deadlocked for the Trans-Valley League’s No. 2 seed.
What we do know, is that Patterson begins postseason play on May 13 at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.
The game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
The Tigers (9-16, 9-6 WAC) were blown out on Thursday, 9-0, by league rival Hilmar.
Still, Thursday’s loss had no bearing on the playoff picture, and Patterson coach Benji Lozano stretched his lineup, making sure every player saw time on the field in preparation for Wednesday’s game.
It’s been a rollercoaster season for the Tigers.
After beginning the year on an 0-9 snide, the Tigers rallied, finishing a game over .500 in their final 17 contests.
Senior pitcher David Gonsalves leads the Tigers with six wins and 77 strikeouts. Junior Tyler Bettencourt added five victories atop the mound.
Patterson enters the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs fresh off their first-ever 10-win season.
The No. 3 seed Tigers travel to Angels Camp on May 12 to do battle with the MLL’s No. 1 seed Bret Harte.
The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.
The Tigers (14-9-3, 10-4-2) ended the regular season unbeaten in four of their last five games.
After struggling out of the gate, Patterson reeled off a four-game winning streak. The momentum powered the upstart Tigers to a 1-0 victory over rival Central Catholic on March 31.
Patterson's Jessica Herrera and Yesica Cantero ranked among the WAC’s top three in shots taken.
Senior goalie Geraldi Saucedo averaged nearly six saves per game and posted eight shutouts.
The Bullfrogs (14-4-4, 11-1-3) are a formidable opponent, posting an undefeated league record, until Amador got the better of them late in the season, 1-0.
Still, Bret Harte won six of its final seven games.
Sophomore Isabel Houghton leads the Bullfrogs with 10 goals and five assists.
Bret Harte goalie Monica Maschal was solid in front of the net, with 64 saves and 12 shutouts.