On Tuesday, May 14th, the Knights entered the first round of the NCS playoffs. The Knights came into the playoffs after an amazing regular season going 21-3, an incredible improvement from their record from last season of 12-13. The Knights were led by Puget Sound commit Jack McCullar this season who has been averaging .458 and has 37 RBI´s and a .554 on-base percentage, and ended the season as DAL league champions with a 6-2 league record. The Knights also had 9 players receive all-league honors with Jack McCullar getting MVP, Zakai Avidor, Brad Barker, Aaron Winer, and Matt Hershey getting the 1st team and Brian Gregersen, Dylan Graham, Jake Kermoian and Aiden Pearce getting the 2nd team.
The Knights entered the playoffs as the 2nd seed and faced 15th seed Terra Linda in the first round of the playoffs. They started strong, scoring three runs in the first inning, while Terra Linda scored zero. The Knights scored 3 runs again in the second inning while Terra Linda scored zero again. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd inning, but the Knights scored 5 runs in the 4th making the score 11-0. After Terra Linda didn´t score in the top of the 5th inning, the 10 run mercy rule was put into play. This was the first playoff win for Las Lomas in 13 years. The Knights then went on to face 10th seed, San Rafael. They previously played each other at the beginning of the season when Las Lomas won 2-0. This game proved to be a repeat of their first meeting as both of Las Lomas’s runs were scored early in the game and San Rafael was scoreless yet again; Las Lomas won 2-0. The Knights then faced their biggest challenge: Bishop O’Dowd, the 5th seed. This was set to be a competitive game from the start, since both teams had many talents and there was no clear favorite. Bishop O’Dowd was the first to score in the 3rd inning. Las Lomas then went on to score in the bottom of the 4th. After scoreless 5th and 6th innings for both teams, Bishop O’Dowd scored one run in the top of the 7th inning which was all they needed, as Las Lomas didn’t score in the bottom of the 7th. The final score was 2-1 and Bishop O’Dowd will go on to face Alhambra in the finals.
Although the Knights didn’t continue on in the playoffs, the Las Lomas community is proud to have seen them achieve so much this season.