By Ray Hamill — Six of the eight H-DN softball teams have been included in the North Coast Section playoff brackets, which were released on Saturday, including four that will open at home.
Big 5 champion Del Norte received the highest local seed and a first-round bye in the Division-4 tournament.
The No. 2 Warriors will begin their playoffs next weekend in Crescent City when they host either No. 7 St. Patrick-St. Vincent or No. 10 Lick Wilmerding, who meet in the opening round on Tuesday night.
The Fortuna girls, who beat Hoopa twice earlier in the season, open at home against No. 13 Hercules on Tuesday at 5 p.m., while the Warriors will host No. 13 Kennedy in their opener, also on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Hoopa was moved up a division this season after winning back-to-back NCS championships in 2019 and 2022.
Cardinal Newman received the No. 1 seed in the bracket.
Two local teams also made the bracket in Division 3.
Fresh off their Charlie Lakin tournament success on Friday, the Eureka girls are seeded No. 6 and will open with a home game against No. 11 De Anza at Washington Elementary on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
McKinleyville, which also has been moved up a division this year after winning NCS crowns in 2019 and 2022, received the No. 9 seed and will open on the road at No. 8 San Marin on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
And rounding out the H-DN contingent in the postseason, the St. Bernard’s girls received the No. 5 seed in the 11-team Division-5 bracket and will have an opening-round bye before playing at No. 4 Head-Royce in next weekend’s quarterfinals.