The official brackets for the softball playoffs won't be released until sometime Thursday afternoon, but it appears Elk Grove, a perennial contender for the Division I championship, will be in Division II for the post-season.
For the first time ever, softball in the Sac-Joaquin Section will make its playoff brackets just like it has with football since 2009. In the set-up, the top three or four teams in each league will qualify for the post-season (the Delta League and the Sierra Foothill League will each get five playoff participants, though) and then the biggest 16 schools will be placed in the Division I bracket.
The next 16 biggest schools, by enrollment, will be put into Div. II and so on. Division IV will have 12 participants. Division V, VI and VII will each have eight competitors.
Because the Sac-Joaquin Section covers as far south as Merced and as far west at Vallejo, this means D-1 will contain the biggest EGUSD schools (Franklin, Pleasant Grove and Sheldon) along with Enochs, Gregori and Downey in Modesto, St. Mary's, Tracy and Tokay, plus just about all the SFL teams with the possible exception of Del Oro. Throw in the MEL schools like Vintage and Vacaville and D-1 is full.
That would shove the Herd, a perfect 14-0 and champions in the first year of the renewed Delta League, into Div. 2.
They should dominate.
It would also make Div. 1 real interesting with Sheldon (12-2 in the Delta) a favorite alongside Woodcreek, which suffered only one loss this season.