By Ray Hamill — The North Coast Section baseball and softball playoffs get under way on Tuesday night, with six H-DNL teams in action, including two who will host games.
In baseball, the Eureka Loggers will be hoping to end a four-game section playoff losing streak and post their first NCS win since 2015.
But after receiving the No. 9 seed on Sunday, they’ll have to do so on the road at No. 8 Las Lomas.
However, with junior ace Myles Standish set to start on the mound, there’s every reason to believe the Eureka boys can get a breakthrough win.
Standish has been sensational on the mound all season and will be expected to carry that form into the postseason.
The junior is 8-3 with an ERA of 2.16 and is coming off another very strong performance in last week’s Charlie Lakin Tournament, when he struck out 18 batters in a semifinal showdown against St. Bernard’s.
Tuesday’s game is set for 5 p.m.
The Loggers are the only local baseball team who will open the NCS postseason on Tuesday, although six H-DNL softball teams will be in action.
After receiving the No. 2 seed in the Division-4 bracket, Del Norte will host host No. 15 Middletown at 5 p.m.
McKinleyville is the No. 1 seed in the division, but has received a forfeit win after No. 16 Berean Christian opted not to travel for the game.
In Division 5, No. 8 St. Bernard’s will host No. 9 University at Samoa, also at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to play at No. 1 Hoopa this weekend.
Also in Division 5, South Fork received the No. 7 seed and will open at home to No. 10 Redwood Christian at 5 p.m.
Two other Big 5 teams will open on the road in Division 4, with No. 9 Fortuna playing at No. 8 Cloverdale and No. 12 Arcata playing at No. 5 Piedmont.