At the beginning of May, seven Culver City teams were headed to the prestigious CIF playoffs. Boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls track and field, boys volleyball, baseball and softball all made it.
Baseball and softball were the last survivors this week.
The baseball team (12-14) played a wild card game against Oxnard Pacific View with the winner meeting Santa Maria Righetti (24-6).
Under .500 for the season, Culver City was 7-3 in the Ocean League, good for second place.
“We are in a one-game elimination, so we need to be ready to play,” said Coach Rick Prieto.
The Centaurs are led by the pitching of Max Sterner and Eli Saucedo and the hitting of Matthew Rummelsburg, Daniel Aceves, Jacob Weiner, Sterner and Saucedo.
The girls softball team (13-11) hosts Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (14-5) at 3:15 in a first-round matchup.
The winner will face the Notre Dame Academy-Azusa survivor on Tuesday. “We are taking it one game at a time,” said Coach Javier Gabby Chacon. “Although we are young, with eight freshmen, we still expect our players to play at a high level because we work so hard in practice. My assistant coaches have really helped me get this team ready for the playoffs. As long as we stay healthy we should do well.”
The Centaurs are led by the pitching of Emily Piera and hitting of senior Mariko Rooks.
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